NFL Game Summary - Washington at Chicago
(Sunday, October 24th)
Final Score: Washington 17, Chicago 14
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - DeAngelo Hall had four interceptions, including one that he returned 92 yards for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown, to help the Washington Redskins take a 17-14 win over the Chicago Bears.
Donovan McNabb went 17-for-32 with 200 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions while Ryan Torain had 125 yards on 21 carries for the Redskins (4-3), who have won three of their last four games. Santana Moss finished the game with five receptions for 63 yards and a score.
"It was a defensive game," said Washington head coach Mike Shanahan, who won the 150th game of his coaching career. "The Bears did an excellent job on defense, as well as our football team. We kept them off balance, and we played a very consistent game."
Jay Cutler had a tough contest as he was picked off four times, fumbled the ball once and was sacked four times. He finished the game 26-for-40 with 281 yards and a score for the Bears (4-3), who have dropped their past two games heading into their bye week.
"Sometimes you just don't play well enough to win," said Chicago head coach Lovie Smith. "Like last week, I did feel like we were ready to play our best ball, didn't feel that way today. You can't turn the ball over that many times, it's as simple as that."
With Washington holding a three-point lead at the start of the fourth, Chicago got into Washington territory, but a 1st-and-10 at the 35 saw Matt Forte fumble a reception and Washington recover it at its own 25.
The Redskins then got into Chicago territory thanks to 54 yards on three carries from Torain, but he fumbled the ball on a first down play and the Bears got the ball back at their own seven-yard line.
The parade of turnovers continued as Cutler was picked off by Hall to give the Redskins a golden opportunity to add to their lead, but the team moved backwards and Graham Gano's 37-yard field goal attempt banged off the top of the left upright and stayed out with 8:07 to play.
The Bears were held to a three-and-out and had to punt the ball away, but then held the Redskins and got the ball back at their own 19 with 3:31 to play.
Cutler got the team near midfield with a pair of completions to Johnny Knox, but Hall came up with his fourth interception of the game and the Redskins killed the rest of the clock.
"I've never had more than two picks in a game, six in a season," said Hall. "So, you know, to be sitting right now and have four in one game, it's kinda mind-blowing. I had my mom, my aunt, and my two cousins in the stands. The first ball went to my mom. Second ball went to my aunt. Next thing you know, everybody had a ball."
The first points of the game came from the Chicago defense. D.J. Moore came around the left end cleanly and had a hold of McNabb, who tried to get rid of the ball. Israel Idonije got his hands in the air and deflected the ball, with Moore coming down with it and rumbling untouched into the end zone from 54 yards out for a 7-0 lead with 6:03 left in the first.
The Redskins, though, answered with a nine-play drive that covered 72 yards and saw McNabb hit Moss in the end zone from 24 yards out to tie the game with 1:08 left in the first.
Washington took the lead with its first touch of the second quarter as Gano's 46-yard field goal with 12:09 left in the frame capped a six-play drive for a 10-7 lead.
From there the teams exchanged punts several times, but the Bears got the ball back with just over four minutes to play and marched down the field to take the lead.
The team gained five first downs on the drive and Cutler gave the club a 14-10 advantage with 24 seconds left in the half as he tossed a nine-yard score to the left corner for Knox.
Chicago started the second half with the ball and got down to the Washington one-yard line, but Cutler fumbled the ball trying to leap over the pile and the Redskins recovered.
"I'll have to look at it on film," said Cutler about the fumble. "I extended the ball forward, then Albert [Haynesworth] was in there and pushed me back. I started to go backwards. The middle linebacker came flying over the top and knocked it out. I felt like I was going backwards."
On 2nd-and-18, McNabb tossed a pass to the left side which Moore intercepted and took into the end zone for what appeared to be his second touchdown of the game, but Washington was called for delay of game to wipe the score out and later had to punt.
The next three possession saw interceptions and the third one allowed Washington to take the lead.
Facing a 3rd-and-7 at the Washington 13, Cutler threw the ball to the right sideline and Hall came down with the ball. He then raced down the sideline untouched for 92 yards and a 17-14 score with 1:36 left in the third.
The Redskins play in Detroit next Sunday...The Bears play at Buffalo following their week off...The four interceptions by Hall tied an NFL record held by 18 other players. He is the first person to do it since Deltha O'Neal accomplished the feat with Denver in 2001...The nine turnovers between the two teams were the most in a game this season...The Redskins have won 10 of the past 12 games against Chicago...Knox finished the game with six catches for 86 yards and the score.
10/24 19:00:23 ET