Redskins v. Chargers: Redskins beat the Chargers in Overtime
The Washington Redskins face the San Diego Chargers today in a game that is looking more and more like a must win scenario. They key to this game is they key it has been all season, the Redskins have to run the ball effectively, stick to it, and it will I turn open the passing game. Question will be, much like last week, will Kyle Shanahan stick to the run game or abandon it, much like last week, to their own peril. Alfred Morris and Roy Helu have combined for a potent rushing attack. Effectiveness is not a big issue. Patience and playing to the strength apparently is, at least with the play calling. Of note, as you likely expected given the past few weeks, TE Fred Davis is inactive for the Redskins.
FIRST QUARTER: REDSKINS 0 Chargers 0
Redskins have a decent opening defensive effort, forcing the Charger to punt. The Chargers downed the punt on the Washington one-yard line. Redskins again turning to TE Jordan Reed to move the football. Griffin connected on a nice roll out pass to Pierre Garçon to move the ball into San Diego territory. Griffin connected with Reed on a conversion of a 3rd and 11. Redskins get inside the red zone and then have a Kai Forbath 25 yard field goal blocked. The special teams woes continue in DC. What a waste of an impressive drive for Washington.
SECOND QUARTER: REDSKINS 7 Chargers 14
Redskins defense allows yards to San Diego, they ultimately for the Chargers to punt. Again, the Chargers force the ball inside Washington’s five yard line. With the ball on the half yard line, a Griffin pass was batted and picked off by Lawrence Guy, after hitting a Charger helmet, for a TD. Redskins woes continue this game and go three and out. Phillip Rivers throws an interception to EJ Biggers on a bad pass route. Alfred Morris churns a sweet 26 yards scamper to the five yard line and a first and goal for the Redskins. Morris follows it up with a five yard TD run to knot the game at 7-7. Chargers dink and dunk down the field and score 7 on an Eddie Royal screen pass. Redskins special teams once again prove complete and utter incompetence and have their second field goal blocked. Why is Keith Burns employed?
THIRD QUARTER: Redskins 14 Chargers 14
Redskins drive the ball down the field on a fantastic acrobatic catch by Pierre Garçon. Robert Griffin III executed an outstanding option to WR Santana Moss who scampered for 18 yards inside the 2 yard line. Redskins tied it up on a 1 yard TD run by Darrell Young. Redskins force the Chargers to punt. Redskins drive into Chargers territory fueled by a terrific ten yard run by Griffin. Griffin connect to Leonard Hankerson inside the ten yard line.
FOURTH QUARTER: Redskins 24 Chargers 24
Redskins score on another TD run by FB Darrel Young. It is his second TD of the game and season. Keenan Allen does the Redskins defense a favor and drops a big third down to force a Chargers punt. Redskins get away from the run on first down and take very little off the clock. Redskins punt the ball away. Redskins get a huge interception by rookie David Amersen. What a pick. Redskins move the ball inside the 35 on the running game. Kai Forbath connects on a 47 yard field goal to give the Redskins a ten point lead with under 7 minutes left in the game. Chargers drive down the field and Keenan Allen gets the best of Amersen for a Charger TD. Redskins have to punt the ball away with 2:11 on the clock. Redskins allow the Chargers and Keenan Allen to charge right down the field. Chargers score and take the lead late in the game. Wow. Secondary chokes again. Chargers still score. Field goal converted.
Redskins have won the coin toss. Redskins win in overtime on Darrel Young’s third TD of the game, third TD of the season, and third TD of his career.