Redskins quarterback Shane Matthews tossed his nine-yard touchdown pass to Darnerien McCants in the first quarter over two Colts linebackers.
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, trying to pass to Marvin Harrison in the third quarter, threw instead to cornerback Fred Smoot, who returned the interception 12 yards to the Colts 14-yard line.
Manning all but put the ball in the belly of running back Ricky Williams, fooling the entire Redskins defense into moving forward. Williams swung out into a pass pattern and was wide open for a 20-yard touchdown pass that made it 23-21.
Best Overall Hit
After Williams's touchdown, Smoot blasted Qadry Ismail on a two-point conversion pass that would have tied the game with less than seven minutes to go.
Linebacker Jessie Armstead sacked Manning for a 12-yard loss on third-and-eight play from the Redskins 20 with 2 minutes 59 seconds to play in the first half. The Colts, trailing 20-0, had to punt instead of try a field goal.
After Armstead's play, running back Stephen Davis dropped the ball before he appeared to be hit by a Colt. James Cannida recovered and ran to the Redskins 3. Davis suffered a sprained knee on the play.
Best Tackle by a Kicker
Rookie Ladell Betts only had place kicker Mike Vanderjagt to beat on his second-quarter kickoff return, but Vanderjagt forced him out of bounds at the Colts 35 with 1:13 left in the half.
Shown during the halftime ceremony honoring the 70 greatest Redskins: "Theismann Starts This Week."
The reading of the names during the ceremony was too fast for the stadium video crew; as a result, fans rarely saw names matched with faces.
Best Hit on Finn
Sam Shade, who lost his starting job before the game, hit fullback Jim Finn on the 1-yard line, preventing a touchdown with 1:25 left in the first half. But Manning scored on a running play two plays later.
Best Hit on Finn II
David Terrell leveled Finn as he attempted to catch a floater from Manning on the first play of the second half.
Best Lost Storyline
For about 10 seconds in the third quarter it appeared Darrell Green, on the day the team was honoring its best all-time players, had intercepted a pass and was returning it for a touchdown. But as Green ran and the crowd erupted, officials were whistling the play dead because Manning's pass had bounced.
With the Redskins leading 23-7 and his team facing fourth and one from the Colts 5 with less than eight minutes to play in the third quarter, Redskins Coach Steve Spurrier not only passed up a field goal attempt, but he called a passing play even though the Redskins had been running the ball successfully. Matthews's pass was incomplete. The Colts then drove 95 yards in 14 plays for a touchdown.
Bryan Barker's 33-yard wobbler with 13:24 to go in the game could have been deadly. The Colts had cut the lead to eight and had held the Redskins on three plays. Thanks to the kick, the Colts took over at their 35. Only an interception by Ifeanyi Ohalete stopped Indianapolis.
On third and nine with less than 10 minutes to play, center Larry Moore snapped the ball over Matthews's head. Matthews had to crawl around on the ground before recovering the ball.
-- From Staff Reports