The Washington Redskins 2006 Season Recap
Compiled by Jason Feller
washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Web Posted: Tuesday, February 6, 2007; 4:55 EST

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Week 1: Minnesota Vikings 19, Redskins 16
Before a national audience on "Monday Night Football," the Redskins come out flat in the opener and need a 48-yard field goal from John Hall just to try and send the game into overtime. Hall misses badly, sealing the home loss to Minnesota.

Week 2: Dallas Cowboys 27, Redskins 10
The Redskins play their second straight game on primetime television, this time on Sunday night and they once again look nothing like the Super Bowl team they hope to become. Host Dallas dominates the game from start to finish and wins going away.

Week 3: Redskins 31, Houston Texans 15
Mark Brunell sets an NFL record with 22 straight completions to start the game and Clinton Portis returns after sitting out at Dallas to gain 164 total yards and two touchdowns as the Redskins easily get their first win of the year at Houston.

Week 4: Redskins 36, Jacksonville Jaguars 30 (OT)
In a wildly explosive back-and-forth affair, Santana Moss catches his third touchdown pass of the game to lift the Redskins over the Jaguars in overtime. Moss jumps between two defenders to grab Mark Brunell's throw and takes it to the house before a thrilled home crowd.

Week 5: New York Giants 19, Redskins 3
For the third consecutive season under Joe Gibbs, the Redskins go into Giants Stadium and get trounced by New York. It could have been a lot worse than the final score indicates as Washington is outgained 411-164 in yards.

Week 6: Tennessee Titans 25, Redskins 22
With a chance to even their record at 3-3 against the 0-5 Titans and rookie quarterback Vince Young, the Redskins jump out to an early 14-3 lead. That advantage quickly disappears as Washington surrenders 178 rushing yards to Travis Henry and suffers a debilitating home loss.

Week 7: Indianapolis Colts 36, Redskins 22
In a play that typifies the Redskins season, they manage to lose momentum after taking the lead on an Antwaan Randle El punt return touchdown. Following the second-quarter score they commit a series of silly penalties and get backed up to the five on the ensuing kickoff. From there Peyton Manning takes over and the rout begins.

Week 8: Bye Week

Week 9: Redskins 22, Cowboys 19
One of the most bizarre finishes in the history of this contentious rivalry allows the Redskins to come away with an improbable victory. Troy Vincent blocks Mike Vanderjagt's field goal attempt in the final seconds and Sean Taylor scoops up the ball and returns it near midfield. A face-mask penalty on the Cowboys during the return results in an untimed down and Nick Novak squeaks a 46-yarder inside the right post to give the Redskins a dramatic win.

Week 10: Philadelphia Eagles 27, Redskins 3
The competitive portion of the season effectively ends with a lopsided loss at Philadelphia. Clinton Portis plays his final game of the year after suffering a broken hand and the entire team puts forth a truly inept performance.

Week 11: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20, Redskins 17
Jason Campbell makes his regular season debut and plays quite well, throwing for 196 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately the reeling defense does nothing to help him out and gives up 181 rushing yards to a weak Buccaneers offense as the Redskins fall to 3-7.

Week 12: Redskins 17, Carolina Panthers 13
Playing in front of the home crowd for the first time in regular season action, Jason Campbell gets his first NFL win. He guides the team back with a 66-yard touchdown pass to Chris Cooley and Sean Taylor seals the victory with an interception of Jake Delhomme in the end zone.

Week 13: Atlanta Falcons 24, Redskins 14
After taking a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, the Redskins go into hibernation and get trampled by the visiting Falcons. Once again the defense crumbles, giving up 256 rushing yards to a struggling Atlanta team.

Week 14: Eagles 21, Redskins 19
Ladell Betts runs for 171 yards and the Redskins dominate the statistical battle but they are unable to cap drives with touchdowns and fall victim to the big play. Needing a defensive stop with nearly five minutes left, the defense is unable to make a play and the Eagles run out the clock and claim victory.

Week 15: Redskins 16, New Orleans Saints 10
For the first time since Week 3, the Redskins get a road win. Ladell Betts continues his strong running with a fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing performance, this time 119 yards, and the defense finally steps up and shuts down the explosive Saints.

Week 16: St. Louis Rams 37, Redskins 31 (OT)
Despite tying a franchise-record with his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game, Ladell Betts's costly fumble with two minutes left robs the Redskins of a chance to win the game in regulation. The defense follows its stellar outing in New Orleans with its worst ever under Gregg Williams, giving up 579 yards.

Week 17: Giants 34, Redskins 28
The season ends much the way it started -- with a home loss at night. Desperate for a victory to make the postseason, the Giants get a career-best 234 yards and three touchdowns from Tiki Barber in his last regular season game and earn the final NFC spot in the playoffs.

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