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The Washington Redskins 2003 Season Recap


Redskins Helmet R E G U L A R   S E A S O N
Week 1: Redskins 16, New York Jets 13
The Redskins kick off the NFL season with a victory over a Jets team they raided in the offseason, as John Hall stepped up to beat his former team with a 33-yard field goal with five seconds remaining.

Week 2: Redskins 33, Atlanta Falcons 31
The Redskins overcame a 17-point deficit by riding the gritty offensive exploits of Patrick Ramsey (25 of 39 passes for a career-high 356 yards) and Laveranues Coles (career bests of 11 catches for 180 yards).

Week 3: New York Giants 24, Redskins 21
Despite a team record 17 penalties, the Redskins staged a second-half comeback to force overtime, only to have their momentum halted by losing the coin toss and allowing the Giants to march down for the game-winning field goal.

Week 4: Redskins 20, New England Patriots 17
After building a 17-point lead late in the third quarter, the Redskins held on with a last-minute defensive stand to outlast the short-handed Patriots.

Week 5: Philadelphia Eagles 27, Redskins 25
A furious late comeback fell short as the Redskins erased an 11-point deficit in the last three minutes, turning an onside kick into a touchdown drive, but failing to force overtime on a missed two-point conversion.

Week 6: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35, Redskins 13
The Redskins had a 13-7 lead early in the third quarter, but the defending Super Bowl champions reeled off four unanswered touchdowns to break the game wide open.

Week 7: Buffalo Bills 24, Redskins 7
A trip to Buffalo resulted in a third straight loss as Patrick Ramsey and the Redskins took a beating.

Week 8: Bye Week

Week 9: Dallas Cowboys 21, Redskins 14
Four first-half turnovers by the Cowboys didn't seem to do much for the Redskins, and Patrick Ramsey absorbed yet another pounding in an ugly loss.

Week 10: Redskins 27, Seattle Seahawks 20
Two late-game gambles by Coach Steve Spurrier paid off -- converting a fourth-and-inches from the Redskins 25-yard line with about six minutes to play, then capping that drive with a trick play on which Trung Canidate caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Rod Gardner.

Week 11: Carolina Panthers 20, Redskins 17
Panthers tailback Stephen Davis beat his former club with a disputed three-yard touchdown run with just over a minute to play.

Week 12: Miami Dolphins 24, Redskins 23
Tim Hasselbeck took over for a beaten-up Patrick Ramsey and led the Redskins to leads of 20-7 and 23-10, but the defense couldn't make the advantage stand.

Week 13: New Orleans Saints 24, Redskins 20
The Redskins let a late lead slip away again, this time with the special teams suffering a letdown by allowing a 52-yard kickoff return that set up the Saints' game-winning touchdown.

Week 14: Redskins 20, New York Giants 7
In a battle of two teams struggling through misery, the Redskins prevailed, and Bruce Smith made it a memorable day when he broke the NFL's career sacks record.

Week 15: Dallas Cowboys 27, Redskins 0
Coming in with the opportunity to beat their bitter rivals and salvage something of an otherwise disappointing season, the Redskins manage only 161 yards and turn the ball over six times in a listless effort.

Week 16: Chicago Bears 27, Redskins 24
The Redskins played a familiar role in what had become a familiar result in their season: coming out on the losing end of a game decided late.

Week 17: Philadelphia Eagles 31, Redskins 7
A miserable season came to an appropriately ugly end when the already-troubled Redskins, distracted by the possibility of the game being Coach Steve Spurrier's last, were outclassed by a hot Eagles team.

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