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After blowing 4th quarter lead, Redskins rally in overtime and defeat Jaguars, 20-17

During the coin toss to determine possession at the beginning of overtime, Santana Moss wanted to call “heads.” Moss’ teammates ended up choosing “tails,” yet the toss came up as heads.

Ultimately, it didn’t matter.

On the Jaguars third play in overtime, David Garrard, facing heavy pressure from a Redskins blitz, threw a pass right into the hands of Redskins cornerback Kevin Barnes, who returned the ball to the Jaguars 14 yard line. Two plays later, kicker Graham Gano connected on the game-winning 30 yard field goal, to give the Redskins a 20-17 win.

Prior to the overtime period, down 17-10, Garrard marched the Jaguars 42 yards on four plays – set up by a great punt return by Mike Thomas – and tied the game up on a 20 yard scramble right up the gut of the Redskins defense.

That tied the game up at 17, and despite needing only a field goal to win the game, the Redskins could only muster up 15 yards on the potential game-winning drive. After starting on their own 23 yard line, the Redskins drive stalled at their own 49, with Rex Grossman threw two incomplete passes and then getting sacked by Larry Hart on 3rd down. That forced the Redskins to punt the ball away with 21 seconds left in the game, and the Jaguars ran out the clock.

In a rare turn of events, the Redskins found themselves with the early lead in the first quarter. After a 32 yard return on the game’s opening kickoff by Brandon Banks (and a facemask penalty tacked on 15 more yards), Gano kicked a 48 yard field goal to give the Redskins a 3-0 lead.

The Redskins quickly got the ball back, as Carlos Rogers intercepted Garrard on the Jaguars fourth offensive play of the game, and returned the ball back 38 yards to the Jaguars 18 yard line. Five plays later, the Redskins found themselves with a 3rd and Goal from the one yard line, when Grossman’s pass to Santana Moss fell incomplete.

However, Jaguars linebacker was called for illegal contact on the play, giving the Redskins a fresh set of downs. Grossman’s next pass to a wide open Chris Cooley was dropped (Cooley had four drops on the day), but he found Fred Davis, the other tight end, on the very next play to give the Redskins a 10-0 lead.

The Jaguars answered back in the second quarter after a 10 play, 79 yard drive that consumed almost six minutes of game time. Garrard found Thomas – who had four receptions for 65 yards on the drive – for a nine yard touchdown reception that cut the Redskins lead to 10-7.

After each team traded a pair of three-and-outs to start the third quarter, the Jaguars tied the score at 10 after a 8 play, 70 yard drive capped off by a 34 yard field goal by kicker Josh Scobee. But the Redskins would answer right back with their own 14 play, 72 yard drive that consumed almost eight minutes of game time itself. On the backs of Moss and Torain, the Redskins once again marched to the Jaguars one yard line, but could not punch it in on second or third down. With nothing to lose, head coach Mike Shanahan kept the Redskins offense on the field on fourth and goal, and Torain dove over the pile to put the Redskins up 17-10.

The Redskins finish with a 4-4 record on the road this year, and will conclude their season against the Giants at FedEx field next Sunday.


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