(Sunday, October 10th)
Final Score: Washington 16, Green Bay 13 (OT)
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Graham Gano's 33-yard field goal with 8:06 left in overtime lifted the Washington Redskins to a 16-13 come-from-behind victory over Green Bay at FedEx Field.
Both teams punted on their first overtime possession before Aaron Rodgers was intercepted at his own 39-yard line by a diving LaRon Landry, who returned it to the Packers' 16. However, on review, it was determined that Landry was ruled down by contact by the intended receiver Greg Jennings at the 39.
Following completions to Joey Galloway and Chris Cooley and a defensive holding penalty that gave them a first down, the Redskins lost five yards on a Ryan Torain run.
Charles Woodson was then called for pass interference to put the ball at the 22. Donovan McNabb carried up the middle for five yards and again for two to set up Gano at the 15.
Green Bay called a timeout to try to ice the rookie kicker from Florida State but it didn't work, as he drilled the game-winner right down the middle to send the Redskins (3-2) to their second straight win.
"We hung in there and we were able to make plays in the fourth quarter and overtime," Washington head coach Mike Shanahan said. "Our defense gave up some yards early but collected itself and really played a heck of a game. Unless you have a lot of character, you usually don't win games that. As I told our team, I am very proud of the way they handled themselves and the way they kept on fighting."
McNabb completed 26-of-49 throws for 357 yards and a touchdown with seven passes going to Santana Moss for 118 yards.
Rodgers went 27-of-46 for 293 yards and a score while Brandon Jackson carried 10 times for a career-high 115 yards for the Packers (3-2), who have lost two of their last three games.
An already banged up Green Bay squad lost tight ends Jermichael Finley and Donald Lee, defensive lineman Ryan Pickett and linebacker Clay Matthews to injury during the course of the game. After the game, the Packers revealed that Rodgers had suffered a concussion, likely on the Landry pick.
"We're a 3-2 football team and there are many reasons why we're 3-2," Packers' head coach Mike McCarthy said. "We need to improve and get guys ready to play. You can't control injuries and you can't worry about them. We missed way too many opportunities on offense and we were not very good in the passing game."
Trailing 13-10, the Redskins took over at their own 20 with under four minutes remaining in the game.
On the third play of the drive, a 30-yard catch-and-run by Cooley, who slipped out of two different tackles to extend the play, moved the ball to the Packers' 35-yard line. The veteran tight end then made a six-yard grab on the last play before the two minute warning.
McNabb threw incomplete on 3rd-and-2 before Gano came on to sneak a 45- yarder just inside the right upright to even the score with 1:07 left.
Green Bay started at its own 21 and moved to the Redskins 35 on two Rodgers completions to Andrew Quarless and a 13-yard scramble by the quarterback.
Mason Crosby then hit the left upright from 53 yards away with one second left. The Redskins tried a desperation heave that was intercepted by Tramon Williams to end regulation.
Green Bay got on the board six minutes into the game on a five-yard scoring toss from Rodgers to Lee that capped a six-play, 90-yard drive.
The Packers were in prime position to add to their lead after driving 85 yards to the Washington one-yard line early in the second quarter. However, John Kuhn and Rodgers were denied on consecutive runs and a fourth-down pass intended for Quarless was incomplete.
Williams returned a punt 52 yards to the 'Skins 33 but the Packers drive ended quickly on third down when Rodgers was sacked. Crosby came on to boot a 52- yard field goal to give the visitors a 10-point lead midway through the second stanza.
On the ensuing series, McNabb completed a pass down the right sideline to Moss for 52 yards to the visitors' 36. The drive stalled at the seven and Gano made good from 26 yards away to make it a 10-3 contest 13 seconds before the break.
Green Bay's initial second half possession fizzled at the Washington 17. Crosby came on to nail a 36-yarder to extend the lead to 13-3. The strong- legged kicker then missed a 48-yard attempt with 2:14 to play in the period.
Despite struggling for most of the second half offensively, the Redskins used a big play to claw their way back into the game with 11:35 to go.
McNabb moved to his right and unloaded a throw deep down the middle that was caught over Charlie Peprah by a leaping Anthony Armstrong, who hauled in his first career touchdown from 48 yards away to trim the Packers' lead to 13-10.
Gano pushed a 51-yard field try wide right with just over 6 1/2 minutes left in regulation.
Washington trails the all-time series, 17-14-1...Shanahan evened his career record at 3-3 against Green Bay...Torain toted 16 times for 40 yards in place of the injured Clinton Portis...Cooley made seven grabs for 69 yards while Armstrong added three catches for 84 yards...Rodgers eclipsed the 10,000-yard passing mark and now has 10,034 in his career...Jackson also made five receptions for 25 yards to compile a career-high 140 yards from scrimmage...Quarless made four grabs for 51 yards...Matthews recorded 1 1/2 sacks before leaving to push his season total to 8 1/2...The two teams combined for nine sacks.
10/10 21:49:21 ET
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