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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.
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.
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...Redskins head coach Mike 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.
Green Bay's old penalty woes came back to bite the Packers again.
Consecutive defensive pass interference penalties in overtime brought the Redskins to the Green Bay 22, and after a couple of carries to set up the field goal, Graham Gano drilled a 33-yard game-winner.
It's the second road loss for the Packers that has featured a game-winning drive by the other team and a slew of pass interference calls on the depleted Green Bay secondary. It's also a win that gives the Redskins sole possession of the NFC East lead.
That sound you just heard was a collective groan at thousands of "Donovan McNabb doesn't understand overtime!" jokes in living rooms and bars across America.
The Redskins got a field goal from Graham Gano with 1:11 remaining to tie the game at 13-13, and almost lost it on a Hail Mary from McNabb that was intercepted by Packers punt returner Tramon Williams, who returned it for 64 yards.
Green Bay begins overtime with the ball.
Finally, the Redskins have a touchdown and some momentum.
That play was set up by a nice 30-yard punt return by Brandon Banks.
Scattered reports on Twitter indicate that Finley may have a knee sprain, but there is nothing official yet.
At halftime, Green Bay leads Washington 10-3.
There hasn't been much to this game, except the case of Green Bay's magical disappearing tight ends. Jermichael Finley was carted off the field with a knee injury, and his backup, Donald Lee, sustained a shoulder injury. This has pressed Andrew Quarless into action.
Meanwhile, while the Packers' offensive line is doing all it can to slow down Brian Orakpo, Washington can't seem to get its offense unglued. The Redskins aren't running the ball well with Ryan Torain, who has 33 yards on 10 carries, and Donovan McNabb is just 10-of-18 through the air.
McNabb's trip back to Philadelphia was a triumphant one and the former face of the organization needed only 125 passing yards and a touchdown pass to tight end Chris Cooley to push Washington's status to 2-2 and into a three-way tie atop the NFC East standings.
Running back Ryan Torain thrust himself into the backfield spotlight as well by rushing for 70 yards and a score. With veteran Clinton Portis slowed by a groin injury, Torain was a big spark for a Redskins team coming off back-to- back losses to Houston and St. Louis. He left his mark early when he flattened Eagles safety Quintin Mikell for a 12-yard touchdown run early in the game.
Portis is expected to miss four-to-six weeks and Torain will make his first Redskins start against a Packers defense ranked 24th against the rush, yielding 118.2 yards per game. The former practice squad player moved up the depth chart after veterans Willie Parker and Larry Johnson were both released and proved last week he can help a Washington ground attack that is averaging 98.0 yards per game this season.
Meanwhile, Portis underwent an MRI on Monday and finished with 11 carries for 55 yards against the Eagles.
While Portis won't play, Washington may get rookie left tackle Trent Williams back in the lineup against Dom Capers' 3-4 defense this weekend. Williams missed his second straight game in Philadelphia because of knee and toe issues and was replaced by Stephon Heyer. Shanahan noted that Williams should be ready for full practice after being limited last week, a good thing after Heyer was flagged three times for holding and had two false starts on Sunday.
McNabb has been sacked only once in each of his last two games after going down three times in an overtime loss to the Houston in Week 2.
The Redskins, off to their second straight 2-2 start, got the first leg of a rough stretch of games out of the way by beating the rival Eagles on the road, but now they have back-to-back home tilts with Green Bay and Indianapolis followed by McNabb's return to his hometown of Chicago on October 24. After a visit to the Motor City the next week, Washington will rest on its bye.
Washington defensive coordinator Jim Haslett must have his secondary ready for these next two games against Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning, two of the best passers in the league. Haslett's unit is 31st against the pass, allowing 305.0 yards per game.
Green Bay is tied for first place in the NFC North with Chicago, but the Bears hold the tiebreaker for beating the Packers at Soldier Field in Week 3. The Packers rebounded from their Windy City loss by surviving for a 28-26 victory over the division-rival Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field last weekend. The win wasn't pretty, as Green Bay turned the ball over four times and finished 3-for-7 on third down. The last time the team had four turnovers in a game was at Tampa Bay in Week 4 of the 2008 campaign.
The Packers, 3-1 for the first time since opening the 2007 campaign with 10 wins in their first 11 games, also had only 40 offensive plays and finished with under 22 1/2 minutes of possession. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said after the game he would rather be in the 70-to-75 play range, but had more to deal with in Rodgers politely airing out his differences with some of the play-calling.
Rodgers commented on how the offense should have spread out more in shotgun to get the best players on the field at once to stretch the defense. He is usually not one to create controversy, but may feel as a third-year starter he's earned the right to question some of the choices made on the field.
Green Bay's defense needs to play better after allowing 431 yards to the Lions. Granted that the Lions have vastly improved over the years, but to give up that much at home is a concern. Detroit quarterback Shaun Hill did exactly what Rodgers wanted to do by hitting seven different receivers and throwing for 331 yards, scorching a Packers defense that lost rookie safety Morgan Burnett for the season with an ACL tear in his knee.
McCarthy couldn't pinpoint exactly when Burnett's injury occurred, but added that injured safety Atari Bigby is close to returning. Bigby, on the physically unable to perform list, has been working out and attending meetings, but hasn't played since last year.
Green Bay managed three takeaways on Sunday and turned them into 14 points, including All-Pro cornerback Charles Woodson's 48-yard interception return for a score -- the Packers' only touchdown of the second half. Detroit had four field goals after the half.
The Packers have a 17-12-1 advantage in their all-time regular season series with Washington, which dates back to the 1932 season. Green Bay has a four- game win streak in the series, outscoring the Skins by a 112-37 count in those games. The Packers were 17-14 home winners when the clubs last met, in 2007, and prevailed by a 28-14 margin when last visiting FedEx Field in 2004. The Redskins' most recent win in the series came in 1988, in Milwaukee, and Washington last scored a home victory in the series at RFK Stadium in 1979.
The storied franchises have also squared off twice in the postseason, with Green Bay earning a 21-6 decision for the 1936 NFL Championship and Washington evening that series with a victory in a 1972 NFC Divisional Playoff.
McCarthy is 1-0 against the Redskins as a head coach. Shanahan was 2-3 against the Packers during his tenure with the Broncos (1995-2008), though one of those wins was a victory in Super Bowl XXXII from San Diego. The only head-to- head meeting between McCarthy and Shanahan to date came in 2007, when Green Bay was a 19-13 overtime winner against Shanahan's Broncos from Invesco Field at Mile High.
WHEN THE PACKERS HAVE THE BALL
Rodgers (940 passing yards, 8 TD, 5 INT) needs just 259 passing yards to reach 10,000 for his career and can do that easily on Sunday. The offense was explosive in the first half of Sunday's win over Detroit, as Rodgers threw for touchdowns to Donald Driver, Jermichael Finley and Greg Jennings -- the same trio he would like to see spread out in shotgun settings. The Packers are 14th in passing this season, averaging 226.8 yards per game, while the Redskins are rated 31st against the pass and have given up more than 230 yards through the air each week. Finley (21 receptions, 301 yards, 1 TD) and Driver (21 receptions, 3 TD) are tied for the team lead in receptions, while Jennings (12 receptions, 3 TD) and Driver both have three touchdown catches. Finley is emerging as one of the top targets in this offense and leads NFC tight ends in receiving yards, while Driver has caught at least one pass in a franchise- record 131 consecutive games (137 including playoffs). Green Bay must produce more offensive plays this Sunday after posting 40 a week ago. Running back Brandon Jackson (137 rushing yards, 1 TD) was held to 33 yards on nine carries against the Lions. He needs to play better on the road Sunday.
After taking out Eagles quarterback Michael Vick early in Sunday's win, the Washington defense was able to rest and get back to basics without having to worry about his threat as a runner. The Redskins still gave up too much through the air, as Kevin Kolb came on in relief of Vick to throw for 201 yards for a team total of 243. Redskins corners DeAngelo Hall (34 tackles, 1 INT) and Carlos Rogers (24 tackles, 1 INT) were able to slow down Philly's speedy receivers by pounding them at the line of scrimmage, but running back LeSean McCoy burned Washington for 110 yards on 12 catches. The Redskins will be in for a long day if Green Bay gets its pass attack in full gear early, which is what Rodgers will be trying to do. Tackle Albert Haynesworth (6 tackles) has been playing better up front as he digests Haslett's new defense. Shanahan said the better Haynesworth plays the more action he'll see. The same goes for outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (10 tackles, 1 sack), who started ahead of veteran Andre Carter last week. Alexander and Carter combined for five stops, with the latter recording the team's only interception.
WHEN THE REDSKINS HAVE THE BALL
Shanahan is no fool and will feed Green Bay's defense a steady diet of Torain until it doesn't work anymore. Philadelphia was supposed to be tough against the rush, but failed in its attempt to stop the Redskins last week. Torain (116 rushing yards, 1 TD) will get the majority of the carries with Portis (195 rushing yards, 2 TD) out and must penetrate a bulky Packers front line led by nose guard B.J. Raji. The Redskins hope to have Williams back at left tackle to help keep McNabb (958 passing yards, 3 TD, 2 INT) unscathed and give Torain room around the edges. Washington has the 19th-best ground attack in the league, but should be worried about not scoring in the second half last week. It was 7-of-13 on third down after converting just 1-of-10 chances in a loss to St. Louis the week before. While wide receiver Santana Moss (22 receptions, 290 yards, 1 TD) and Cooley (16 receptions, 2 TD) continue to be McNabb's favorite targets, he must find a way to get his other receivers more involved. Anthony Armstrong (4 receptions) has come up with a big play here and there, and needs more action. He had a career-long 57-yard reception against the Eagles.
The Packers have had a knack for forcing turnovers and got interceptions from both Woodson and linebacker A.J. Hawk versus Detroit. Woodson (28 tackles, 1 INT) returned his for a touchdown and became the third player in NFL history with at least 10 interception returns for scores. He has an NFL-high 17 interceptions since the 2008 season and matches up well with Washington's receivers. Covering the tight end shouldn't be a problem for linebackers Hawk (27 tackles, INT) and Clay Matthews (18 tackles, 7 sacks), as both are solid in coverage, but the duo must also be aware of Torain off the Redskins back's promising performance against Philly. Inside linebacker Nick Barnett (22 tackles) stands just eight tackles shy of breaking John Anderson's franchise record of 1,020, but that may not happen since a wrist injury suffered against Detroit may sideline him for the season. Recent reports have indicated that surgery may be necessary and a procedure would likely end his season. Fellow linebacker Brandon Chillar hurt his shoulder in Week 3 at Chicago and hasn't played since.
The Packers have scored plenty of points for fantasy owners this year with offensive weapons Rodgers, Jennings, Driver and Finley. Green Bay's defense is one of the best as well and brings a stingy coverage scheme into FedEx Field. Matthews adds value with his ability to get to the quarterback.
Besides a loss to Houston in which he threw for more than 400 yards, McNabb hasn't been such a hot item in fantasy this year. He's still worth a start, however, since most productive quarterbacks have been picked up already. Torain and Cooley are the only other options on the Washington side worth using.
Riding an emotional roller coaster to victory may push McNabb and the Redskins a step back this week with Green Bay in town. After Washington began last season with a 2-2 mark, it won only twice more the rest of the way. That will be brought up again next week, when the Redskins try to put the pieces together from another loss behind poor pass defense. The Packers are one of the best at chucking the football around and can further distance themselves from the rest of the NFC with a fourth win in five weeks. Plus, McCarthy has to make Rodgers happy after the quarterback was disappointed he couldn't thrash on Detroit even more.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Packers 25, Redskins 16
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