Redskins prevail 30-24 over Chargers in OT

Redskins prevail 30-24 over Chargers in OT
November 3, 2013, 3:30 pm
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Griffin on OT drive: 'We knew we were going to win that game'

Game Recap: Redskins blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter but they came back to beat the Chargers in overtime 30-24.

After a late Chargers field goal tied the game at 24, the Redskins took the overtime kickoff and drove 79 yards for to a four-yard Darrel Young touchdown run, his third of the game.

The Redskins tried to put together a game-clinching drive starting with about four minutes left but they could muster only one first down and they had to punt back to the Chargers. Philip Rivers shook off one of his worst games of the year and led the Chargers down to the tying field goal.

The Redskins had to survive a Danny Woodhead run that was called a touchdown on the field but the call was reversed after a replay review. The ball was at the one yard line but after a run for no gain and two Rivers incompletions, Nick Novak booted the game-typing field goal with three seconds left.

The Redskins took the lead early in the fourth quarter on a one-yard touchdown blast by Darrel Young. That capped an 11-play, 74-yard drive. They then got a little bit of breathing room on Kai Forbath’s 47-yard field goal with 7:06 left to play.

The Chargers responded with a 77-yard touchdown drive to pull within three with 4:16 left to go.

After struggling in Denver last week, Robert Griffin III was more on target today, completing 23 of 32 passes for 291 yards. He also ran five times for 18 yards.

Alfred Morris had his best game of the season as he picked up 121 yards on 23 carries. He had not been over 20 carries or 100 yards all year.

Turnovers got both of the teams their initial touchdowns. The Chargers got on the board first when Griffin’s pass from the end zone was tipped, batted around, and then caught by defensive end Sean Lissemore for a touchdown.

Then later in the second quarter E. J. Biggers got his first interception as a Redskin, setting Washington up at its own 33 yard line. Four plays later Alfred Morris scored on a five-yard run to tie the game at seven.

The Chargers retook the lead just before halftime by driving to a 15-yard touchdown pass from Rivers to Eddie Royal. The Redskins took the second half kickoff and drove 74 yards in nine plays to the first of Young’s two TD blasts. The highlight of that drive was a 38-yard catch by Garçon. Derek Cox was flagged for pass interference on the play but Garçon made a one-handed catch as he went to the ground.

Key Moment: The game, and possibly the Redskins’ season, turned on a goal line stand in the last minute.

It came right after it looked like the Redskins had lost the game. They led by three but the Chargers were driving deep into Washington territory. From the six, running back Danny Woodhead took a pass from Philip Rivers and headed to the pylon. He lunged and, at some point while he was going to the ground, the pylon went down. It was initially ruled that the ball had knocked it down, making it a touchdown. But replay overruled the call on the field and the Chargers had first and goal inside the one.

That was as far as they got. Woodhead was stuffed trying to go up the middle and then Rivers threw two incompletions. Nick Novak was called in to kick the tying field goal with three seconds left. 

Player of the Game:  Again we have to go back to Garçon. After saying last week that the passing game “sucks”, he was very much part of the solution. He had seven receptions for 170 yards including receptions of over 30 yards on two touchdown drives.

The 155 yards marked a high for Garçon since he came to the Redskins.

Injury Update: There were no injuries reported during the game for the Redskins.

From the Locker Room: Pierre Garçon on the win: "It’s a good victory, but we still have a tough game to play on Thursday where we have to continue this momentum."

More from Garçon: "You just have to believe in yourself and believe in the system. That’s our offense. We got to run the ball to open up the passing game."

Alfred Morris on the run game: "We didn’t have to get away from our run game just because we were behind on the scoreboard. We did a great job executing and converting on third down."

Trent Williams on Morris: "Alfred’s a heck of a back, as long as you feed it to him he’s going to make something positive happen."

Leonard Hankerson on giving up the lead late in the fourth quarter: "It was rough. But we put the defense in a bad situation when we didn’t convert on that 3rd & 3. It was a great call, we just didn’t convert."

Chris Chester on holding penalties: "The first one I don’t think it was quite a hold. Second one could have gone either way, they decided to call it. I made it too close.”

Chester on the win: "This epitomizes a team win. All three sides contributed. We executed better today. When we've had trouble this year it’s because we didn’t execute well."