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Emotion for Taylor Not Enough in Skins 17-16 Loss to Bills

Washington Redskins Clinton Portis, right, is hugged by teammate Santana Moss, left, after scoring a touchdown 

The Washington Redskins are reminded again that failing to apply the knockout punch can cost you.  Washington jumped ahead againt the Buffalo Bills, only to lose in the end, 17-16, on the fifth field goal by Rian Lindell.  He connected fro 36 yards out with four seconds to go to power Buffalo past the Burgundy and Gold.  Washington really wanted and needed this game for two main reasons; one, to win for the late Sean Taylor.  And, two, to keep its wild card playoff hopes alive.  Redskins players wore a number-21 patch on the right side of their jerseys and fans waved towels, displayed signs and went to a memorial outside of FedEx Field in honor of the 24-year-old safety. 

Crunch time told the story in this one.  The Bills had no time outs and got the ball back after a punt and a 30-yard pass from Trent Edwards to Josh Reed over the middle to get the ball to the Washington 33.  Edwards then spiked the ball to kill the clock with eight seconds to go.  Lindell came on the field for a 51-yard field goal, which was good.  Before the kick, Washington coach Joe Gibbs called a timeout.  The Hall of Famer then tried to ice Lindell a second time.  NFL rules prohibit a team from calling back-to-back time outs and the Redskins were penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct.  Lindell then split the uprights for the game winner.  Edwards reclaimed the top job over J.P. Losman and completed 22-of-36 passes for 257 yards for the Bills.  Fred Jackson ran 16 times for 82  yards and caught four passes for 69 more for Buffalo, which snapped a two-game losing streak. 

For Washington, Jason Campbell hit on 21-of-37 passes for 216 yards and was picked off once.  The Redskins have lost four straight.  Chris Cooley caught seven balls for 89 yards.  Team players and coaches will attend Taylor’s funeral in Miami later this morning.  They also have a short week of preparation.  Next up on the schedule is a road test with the Chicago Bears Thursday evening. 

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