LANDOVER MD - OCTOBER 17: Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins is sacked by Pat Angerer #51 of the Indianapolis Colts in first quarter action at FedExField on October 17 2010 in Landover Maryland. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Redskins Unable To Get Late Score Despite Two Key Defensive Stops; Colts Win 27-24

The Redskins had two chances to tie or win the game late against the Colts Sunday night. Much like Carlos Rogers did all night, they simply dropped the ball.

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Colts Vs. Redskins: Joseph Addai Gets The Game Ball

The Indianapolis Colts went down to the wire against the Washington Redskins and walked out of FedexField with a 27-24 victory.

SB Nation's Stampede Blue says the Colts offensive line came up huge against the Redskins.

On a night which in which Joseph Addai had the longest run of his career (46 yards) and Pierre Garcon busted out of his funk in a huge way (4 catches, 103 yards, 1 TD), the key stat of the game was that the Colts were really able to impose their will on the Redskins by running the football right. down. their. throats.

They had 28 carries for 170 yards and a touchdown. That's a very, very good day for a Colts team that has struggled to run the ball.

Stampede Blue has asked its readers who gets the game ball and 63 percent of voters have said it goes to Joseph Addai. Check out the full reaction to the game over at Stampede Blue.

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Colts Vs. Redskins: 'Skins Defense Gets Two Big Stops; The Offense Gets A Lot Of Nothing

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In a second half where the Redskins could seemingly only stop the Colts from scoring by virtue of a convenient fumble or a missed Adam Vinatieri field goal, the Redskins defense came up huge when they had to, giving the offense one last chance to tie or win the game.

When the Redskins offense took an agonizing six minutes to score the touchdown to pull the team within three points, it left the Colts with about 2:45 to burn to win the game. With Joseph Addai out on an injury, the Colts elected to pass three times, none of which were completed. On 3rd down, Redskins corner Phillip Buchanan made perfect coverage of Reggie Wayne to force a punt, setting the Redskins up with the ball with three timeouts and the two-minute warning, plus about two and a half minutes with which to work.

Of course, the 'Skins offense wasn't quite up to the task. Nowhere near it, actually. Needing only a field goal to tie the game, the Redskins couldn't get a single first down. After gaining five yards on first down, Donovan McNabb was sacked on second down. From there followed two incomplete passes to close out a decisive drive, the second of which was an attempted bomb to Anthony Armstrong that was way off the mark.

With the Redskins still having timeouts, the Colts ran the ball three times to run the clock to about 40 seconds. The Redskins, after plodding on offense most of the night, would need a huge strike to have a chance to win or tie. They almost got it with a deep shot intended for Joey Galloway, but caught on a leaping tipped catch by Aaron Francisco.

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Colts Vs. Redskins: Three Indianapolis Fumbles Keep It Close, But 'Skins Can't Close The Gap

The Redskins have been unable to catch interceptions on Sunday night, but the team has been getting the benefit of fumbles in the turnover department. Three times, the Redskins have recovered Colts fumbles.

One was on a strip sack by Brian Orakpo on Peyton Manning. The second was on a punt return error by Kenny Moore and the third came from Joseph Addai when he was hit in the helmet by a Redskins defender inside the red zone. The ball squirted loose and Washington recovered.

Of course, the fumbles have been the only way the Redskins have held the Colts to no points other than getting the benefit of two Adam Vinatieri missed field goals. So far, Pat McAfee has only punted the ball twice tonight. Something to keep in mind as the Redskins take their sweet time on this drive to close to game to a one-score affair.

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Pierre Garcon Drops Wide Open Pass, Responds With Amazing Backhanded Catch

 

Pierre Garcon has put together quite an impressive first half on Sunday night, hauling in four passes for 103 yards and a touchdown, including a 57-yard bomb to notch the game's first score. Those numbers almost double Garcon's yardage output for the season to date.

But it might have been slightly better had Garcon not dropped a pass along the right sideline where he was open by at least five yards, but flubbed a soft lob by Peyton Manning. Garcon, who seems to have more stress placed on the accent in his last name by the announcers than ever tonight, more than made up for the error with what might be the most impressive catch of the day.

To set up an Adam Vinatieri field goal to stretch the Colts lead to 10 points, Garcon made a leaping, one-armed, backhanded catch along that same right sideline. I would not recommend trying to replicate this catch. Not that you'd necessarily injure yourself. You'd just be wasting your time.

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Redskins DBs Putting On A Dropped Interception Clinic Against Colts

Carlos Rogers is one of those defensive backs who always evokes the cliche that if corners could catch, they would be receivers. The guy is well reputed for almost never completing an interception when he gets his hands on the ball, no matter how seemingly gift wrapped the pass.

Tonight is certainly no different and Rogers and fellow Redskin Kareem Moore have combined for three dropped interceptions in the first half alone. The first Rogers drop was borderline and required review, but it was clear the ball came out of his grasp once he hit the ground, so it was ruled an incomplete pass, rather than an interception and fumble.

Here are clips of the three Redskin drops:

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Colts Vs. Redskins: Donovan McNabb Gets Picked; Peyton Manning Picks Apart Redskins

The Redskins nearly intercepted Peyton Manning on the opening drive of the Sunday night game against the Colts, but Carlos Rogers dropped the ball, which comes as a surprise to no one familiar with the career of Carlos Rogers.

Nevertheless, the Redskins got a stop on defense to open the game. On the ensuing drive, the Redskins offense drove inside the Colts' 40, but then Donovan McNabb tried to hit Santana Moss on a quick slant, but the throw was too far out in front of his receiver, and the pass was intercepted by Jerraud Powers.

Peyton Manning wasted little time making the Redskins pay for not taking advantage. On the first play after the interception, Manning hit Pierre Garcon in stride for a 57-yard touchdown pass to mark the first score of the game. On the play, Redskins safety LaRon Landry, a hero in Washington's win over Green Bay last week, tried unsuccessfully to bait Manning but was instead badly out of position on the long bomb.

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Colts Vs. Redskins: Washington Tries To Prove Its For Real By Beating Indianapolis In Prime Time

(Sports Network) - Though it hasn't always been pretty, the fact that the Washington Redskins have already knocked off a few of the NFL's heavyweights during the initial portions of this season is a clear indicator of their improvement under Mike Shanahan. The revamped team will have another chance to sway those remaining skeptics this Sunday, when the reigning AFC champion Indianapolis Colts pay a visit to FedEx Field for an interconference clash.

The extensive alterations, headlined by the hiring of the two-time Super Bowl winning Shanahan as head coach and the acquisition of decorated quarterback Donovan McNabb, the Redskins made in the aftermath of last year's 4-12 disaster have quickly paid dividends. Washington enters this weekend's play tied with the New York Giants and Philadelphia for first place in the NFC East with a 3-2 record, with the wins coming against a trio of 2009 postseason participants in Dallas, the Eagles and Green Bay.

The Redskins have been more resourceful than dominant so far in the Shanahan/McNabb era, and the team's new-found resiliency was illustrated in last Sunday's overtime victory over the Packers. Washington was gashed for 209 yards in the opening period and faced a 10-point deficit after three quarters, but the defense stiffened after its early struggles and the offense engineered three late scoring drives to deliver a gritty 16-13 victory.

McNabb helped orchestrate the comeback by throwing for 357 yards and a touchdown, while the Redskins held Green Bay scoreless over its final seven drives and got a game-changing interception from safety LaRon Landry to set up kicker Graham Gano's 33-yard field goal in the extra session.

Washington has been a bend-but-don't-break operation all throughout this 2010 campaign. The Redskins are allowing a league-high 410.2 yards per game, but have yielded a total of only 32 points in their three triumphs.

While the Colts have had some uneven performances over the course of their 3-2 start, which has the club locked in a four-way tie in the competitive AFC South, the one constant has been an explosive offense that stands among the NFL's best in total yards, passing yards and points scored. To no one's surprise, the charge has been led by iconic quarterback Peyton Manning, who's making a strong case for what would be an unprecedented fifth career MVP citation.

However, it was Indianapolis' somewhat-maligned defense that rose to the occasion in Week 5, with the unit limiting then-unbeaten Kansas City to 261 yards and keeping the Chiefs out of the end zone all afternoon long in a 19-9 win this past Sunday.

The Colts had been battered for 174 rushing yards in their previous outing, a 31-28 road setback to Jacksonville that left the perennial playoff contenders at 0-2 in divisional play.

Indianapolis has garnered plenty of recent success when taking on NFC teams during the regular season, though, having won six straight interconference matchups dating back to 2008.

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