The Washington Redskins 2007 Season Recap
By Dan Hargett
washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Web Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2008; 4:55 EST

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Week 1: Redskins 16, Miami Dolphins 13 (OT)
Washington's offense sputtered for much of an error-filled game and the Redskins lose right tackle Jon Jansen for the season with a fractured dislocation of his right ankle before sweating out an OT win in their season-opener.

Week 2: Redskins 20, Philadelphia Eagles 12
The Redskins grab the momentum with a late first-half touchdown and harass Donovan McNabb all night and, despite losing another offensive lineman to a season-ending injury, walk away from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia with a 2-0 mark.

Week 3: N.Y. Giants 24, Redskins 17
The Redskins blow a 17-3 lead and a chance to bury their NFC East foes in an 0-3 hole but still have a chance to force overtime before coming up a yard short in an inexplicable home loss to the Giants.

Week 4: Bye Week

Week 5: Redskins 34, Detroit Lions 3
Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell is nearly flawless in his 11th NFL start, completing 23 of 29 passes with two touchdowns and a 125.3 passer rating as the Redskins stifle the NFL's leading pass attack at a sticky FedEx Field.

Week 6: Green Bay Packers 17, Redskins 14
Santana Moss's fumble on a reverse is returned 57 yards for a touchdown by the Packers' Charles Woodson in the signature play of a forgettable second half as the Redskins blow a huge opportunity at fabled Lambeau Field.

Week 7: Redskins 21, Arizona Cardinals 19
The Redskins' defense creates nearly every scoring opportunity and puts seven on the board thanks to London Fletcher's INT return for a touchdown, but the Redskins have to wait for Neil Rackers' game-winning 55-yard attempt to sail wide left before exhaling.

Week 8: New England Patriots 52, Redskins 7
After carving the Redskins' defense with precision and taking a 38-point lead into the fourth quarter, the undefeated Patriots tack on 14 more points in an absolute thrashing at Gillette Stadium. "We got utterly embarrassed in every facet of the football game," said linebacker London Fletcher.

Week 9: Redskins 23, N.Y. Jets 20 (OT)
Tailback Clinton Portis runs for 196 yards on 36 carries to spearhead a dominant rushing attack, but the Redskins need a 46-yard field goal from Shaun Suisham in overtime to escape the lowly Jets at the Meadowlands.

Week 10: Eagles 33, Redskins 25
DeMatha grad Brian Westbrook racks up 183 total yards and turns a screen pass into a spectacular touchdown as the Eagles rally from a nine-point deficit to topple a bewildered Joe Gibbs and the Redskins at FedEx Field.

Week 11: Dallas Cowboys 28, Redskins 23
Cowboys' wide receiver Terrell Owens shreds the Redskins' secondary with eight catches for 173 yards and four touchdowns, but Jason Campbell is driving for the winning score before throwing an interception at the Dallas 12-yard line that sinks the Redskins.

Week 12: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19, Redskins 13
The Redskins are out of sync from the get-go, surrendering four fumbles in their opening five possessions, but the Redskins' defense remains stout before two late interceptions by Jason Campbell seals a third consecutive loss.

Week 13: Buffalo Bills 17, Redskins 16
In their first game after the tragic death of safety Sean Taylor, the Redskins' defense takes the field with only 10 players in honor of Taylor. But a decision to call back-to-back timeouts, a move Joe Gibbs admits "Very likely cost us the game," allows the Bills to boot the game-winning field from 36 yards out instead of 51 as the Redskins drop their fourth straight.

Week 14: Redskins 24, Chicago Bears 16
The Redskins knock Bears' quarterback Rex Grossman out of the game and lose Jason Campbell for the season with dislocated kneecap, but backup Todd Collins comes to the rescue in the second half to put Washington back in the win column.

Week 15: Redskins 22, Giants 10
Making his first start in 10 years, perennial backup Todd Collins misfires on his first eight passes on a frigid evening marked by unpredictable wind gusts but recovers to lead the Redskins to a much-needed win to get back to .500 .

Week 16: Redskins 32, Minnesota Vikings 21
The Redskins watch a 25-point second-half lead shrink to 11 before a critical replay reversal of a Todd Collins fumble puts Washington back on track for a third consecutive victory highlighted by a stingy defense that holds star rookie Adrian Peterson to just 27 yards on nine carries.

Week 17: Redskins 27, Cowboys 6
Receiver Santana Moss (eight catches for 115 yards and a touchdown) and Clinton Portis (131 combined yards and two touchdowns) carry the load for the Redskins, who earn some payback and a wild-card playoff berth with a rout of their longtime rivals to finish the regular season 9-7.

P L A Y O F F S
Wild Card: Seattle Seahawks 35, Redskins 14
The Redskins strike quickly after falling into a 13-point hole to take a 14-13 lead and appear on the verge of knocking the reeling Seahawks out before Seattle survives a second-half letdown to put the Redskins away for good for the second time in 3 years in the playoffs at Qwest Field.

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