Final Score: Washington 19, Tennessee 16 (OT)
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Graham Gano kicked a 48-yard field goal with
8:17 remaining in overtime, as the Washington Redskins prevailed with a 19-16
win over the Tennessee Titans at LP Field.
Gano, who missed a 47-yarder at the end of regulation, got another chance
after the Titans failed on their first offensive try of overtime. Donovan
McNabb was instrumental in helping the Redskins get into field goal range in
the extra period.
Starting at their own 13-yard line, McNabb connected with Chris Cooley for a
26-yard pass and two plays later, an unnecessary roughness call on the Titans
plus a replay reversal of an interception gave the 'Skins possession on their
Tennessee was then flagged for a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty that
moved the ball to the Titans' 43. After a short run and 10-yard completion to
Santana Moss, the Redskins had it on the 31. Washington (5-5) could only pick
up another yard before Gano came on and split the uprights for the game-
"Before I even looked up, I knew it was going in," Gano said.
McNabb completed 30-of-50 passes for 376 yards with one touchdown and an
interception for Washington, which recovered from a 59-28 rout to Philadelphia
on Monday and snapped a two-game losing streak.
Clinton Portis returned from missing the last five games with a groin injury
and had five carries for 32 yards before leaving after suffering a setback.
Keiland Williams took over for Portis and rushed for 68 yards. Moss finished
with six catches for 106 yards with a TD, while Cooley had seven receptions
for 91 yards in the victory.
Vince Young threw for 165 yards on 12-of-16 efficiency, but left late in the
third quarter with a left thumb injury for the Titans (5-5), who had won 12
consecutive regular-season games against NFC foes and have now dropped three
straight overall. Rookie Rusty Smith came in for Young and completed 3-of-9
passes for 62 yards and one interception. Chris Johnson rushed for 130 yards
on 21 carries, while Nate Washington pulled in five catches for 117 yards.
"This team battled, but I don't think this team played smart," Titans head
coach Jeff Fisher said. "You don't win a game in overtime with three
penalties. I'm very disappointed."
Tied at 10-10 at halftime, Rob Bironas' 32-yard effort gave Tennessee the lead
on its first offensive try of the third quarter, but Gano booted a 40-yarder
on the Redskins ensuing possession with just under four minutes left in the
After Young went down with the thumb injury when he hit his hand on a helmet,
Smith took over and was unable to help generate any points, then led the
Titans on a seven-play, 72-yard drive that was finished off with a 40-yard
Bironas field goal to put the hosts in front 16-13 with 8:40 to play in the
The Redskins countered with a 42-yarder from Gano with nearly 5 1/2 minutes
left to even things at 16-all.
After each side came up empty, Washington had a chance to win the game at the
end of regulation, McNabb got his squad into field goal range at the 29, but
Gano's 47-yarder was short and the game went into overtime.
Tennessee wasted good field position on its opening driving when Young fumbled
on the second play of the series at the Washington 17, but the Titans opened
the scoring with 8:18 left in the first quarter when Marc Mariani returned a
punt 87 yards for a score.
The Redskins responded on their ensuing possession, going 79 yards on eight
plays to tie the game. McNabb connected with Moss down the near sideline for
48 yards. After a brief review ruled a completed catch and fumble out of
bounds, Washington had it on the Tennessee 31. The Redskins then picked up a
pair of first downs before McNabb hit Moss for a five-yard touchdown with
5:02 remaining in the first.
Each side exchanged field goals in the second quarter, as Gano connected on a
19-yard chip shot, finishing off a 15-play, 72-yard drive to give the Redskins
a 10-7 advantage.
However, Bironas converted a 25-yarder on the Titans next possession that
ended a lengthy series with 3:31 left in the half. Gano's 51-yard miss as time
expired kept it a 10-10 game at the intermission.
Tennessee visits Houston next Sunday, while Washington hosts Minnesota...The
Redskins were without safety LaRon Landry (Achilles) and cornerback Carlos
Rogers (hamstring)...Despite the loss, Tennessee still leads the all-time
series with Washington, 6-5...Titans wide receiver Randy Moss was thrown to
three times, but finished without a catch...In addition to Portis, Washington
had several players leave early with injuries, including cornerback DeAngelo
Hall (back), center Casey Rabach (knee), offensive lineman Derrick Dockery
(knee), linebackers Lorenzo Alexander (hamstring), Rocky McIntosh (thigh) and
safety Anderson Russell (knee). Redskins running back Chad Simpson (foot) was
hurt in pregame warmups and did not play.
11/21 19:16:51 ET
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