San Diego Chargers vs. Washington Redskins: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
San Diego 24-30 Washington Overtime
The Washington Redskins turned to an unlikely hero to help them win a bruising encounter with the San Diego Chargers. Fullback Darrel Young produced three short-range touchdown runs, the last coming in overtime to seal victory.
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It was a strange performance from Robert Griffin III. He made some terrible throws, where his delivery demanded miracles of acrobatics from his receivers, particularly Garcon.
But Griffin balanced the ugly side of his game out with some clutch contributions on third downs and in overtime. The raw skill and the right temperament to win are clearly intact.
Now the Shanahans must focus on refining Griffin's technique and mechanics.
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Giving Alfred Morris more carries played a major role in today's win for Washington. He wore down the Chargers, and the offense was tougher to decipher with Morris more of a threat.
He finished with 25 carries for 121 yards.
The Chargers will really be ruing the play-calling decision they made on the final drive in regulation. Inside the 1-yard line they stacked their O-line with three tight ends and put fullback Le'Ron McCain in front of Mathews in the backfield.
To throw a fade to the corner of the end zone from this looks seemed like coaches trying to show off how smart they are. Head coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt will face a tough week of scrutiny after those calls.
Touchdown Washington! It's game over as Young ploughs over from five yards out for his third touchdown of the game.
A run-first drive with some clutch throws from Griffin proved the dream combination for a great win.
Final score 30-24 Redskins.
Washington loading up the offensive line again, with Compton joining the front. It has to be Morris or Young the rest of the way here.
Speaking of costly penalties, the Chargers surrender 15 yards on a personal foul after a great strike from Griffin to Garcon. Redskins in the red zone.
Another really costly penalty from the offensive line, as center Will Mongotmery is called for holding on nose tackle Cam Thomas.
Reed makes a monster catch on third down. A quick slant from Griffin finds the tight end and he fights for extra yards.
Morris goes over 100 rushing yards after a 19-yard scamper around the right side. Reed and Joshua Morgan made strong blocks to free him.
Griffin hits Hankerson on a classic Shanahan rollout pass for nine yards.
Chargers could've sneezed and gotten a TD. But instead, questionable play-calling led to them settling for FG— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) November 3, 2013
The Chargers tried to be too smart on that final drive. They brought Mathews in and showed a power look, but went with two passes.
Redskins win the toss and will get the ball first in overtime.
Field Goal! Nick Novak chips over a 19-yarder to send it into overtime. It finishes 24-24 at the end of regulation.
Redskins hold firm on three plays from inside the 1-yard line. They stuffed Woodhead first and then forced two incomplete throws. Hall covered Gates on the second play and shut him down.
San Diego moves inside the 1-yard line after a catch, run and dive by Danny Woodhead. Play was initially called a touchdown but overturned on review.
A false start and a dropped pass slowed the Chargers down, but Allen strikes again and makes another huge play.
San Diego converts on fourth down, as Allen is left wide open for a 26-yard catch.
It's left to Barry Cofield to get pressure. He hits Rivers as he throws, forcing an incompletion. Orakpo blitzed from a standing position through the middle, and that helped Cofield break free.
This is where pass-rushers like Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan have to step up. Neither has gotten near Rivers so far.
Rivers hits Eddie Royal for a big gain to get San Diego off its 8-yard line.
San Diego has two timeouts and the 2-min warning to work with.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) November 3, 2013
But the Redskins are blanked on 3rd-and-3, and now it's advantage: Chargers.
Chris Chester was just called for holding. A nightmare penalty in this situation.
Kyle Shanahan takes another chance with a pass on the first play. This time the risk nets 26 yards. Too bold for my taste, but that gamble could prove crucial.
Allen sold the inside cut off the line and got Amerson out of position. Touchdown— John Keim (@john_keim) November 3, 2013
Touchdown! Allen makes a nice catch to put a flourish on a lightning-fast drive.
The Chargers now trail by only three, 21-24.
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