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Chargers - Redskins In-Game Report
Darrel Young scored his third rushing touchdown of the game, giving the Redskins a 30-24 overtime win and giving the Chargers their fourth loss of 2013.
The Bolts offense never saw the field as Robert Griffin III marched his team down the field for the game winning touchdown. He picked up a clutch third down conversion when he threw to Jordan Reed over the middle, and looked to put his team in scoring position when he located Pierre Garcon on a 17-yard pickup.
That gain increased when Andrew Gachkar was flagged for a personal foul penalty for hitting Garcon. It gave the Redskins a new set of downs – a few plays later, Young scored. Read
We're heading to overtime in the Nation's Capital.
The Redskins added only a field goal -- not enough to fend off a late two-minute drive orchestrated by Allen and Philip Rivers. The Bolts tied the Redskins late at 24-24 and we're heading for free football.
Allen started the fourth quarter on a low note and bounced back. He ran an in route with 10:32 left in the period, but was overrun by fellow rookie David Amerson. Amerson emerged with the ball for Philip Rivers' second pick.
Rivers gave Allen an earful, and the rookie responded. After Kai Fortbath widened the Redskins' lead to ten with a field goal, Allen recorded a leaping catch on Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall.
A few plays later, he caught Rivers' second touchdown of the game by faking Amerson on a slant before heading upfield. That score cut the Redskins' lead to 24-21.
Then, on the drive following a defensive stand, the Redskins shifted their coverage to blanket Antonio Gates. Rivers found Allen downfield on 4th-and-2 for a 22-yard pickup instead, and again on two back-to-back downs to move the chains.
With time dwindling, Rivers tossed to Danny Woodhead out of the backfield. Woodhead dove for the end zone, but couldn't get the ball over the goal line before getting shoved out of bounds.
Another Woodhead run was denied, and so was a fade for Gates to the back corner of the end zone. And with 13 seconds left, Rivers rolled and couldn't connect with Gates on third down.
Nick Novak kicked a game-tying field goal.
Philip Rivers stepped up and out of a collapsing pocket and looked to run. Instead, he lofted a pass that sailed out of Vincent Brown's reach.
The Bolts' only offensive possession of the third quarter ended with that incompletion. Meanwhile, the Redskins scored on a touchdown run and tied the Chargers at 14-14 heading into the final quarter.
The Redskins took the opening kickoff and drove 74 yards in nine plays to tie the game at 14. Robert Griffin III found Pierre Garcon for an acrobatic, 38-yard catch and fullback Darrel Young blasted the ball for a one-yard touchdown.
The Chargers couldn't match the tying score. Rivers found Antonio Gates a few times over the middle, but his pass to Brown didn't connect.
On the next Redskins possession, defenders were able to corral Griffin on a few quarterback keepers. But Griffin was able to improvise on multiple occasions, and he picked up a key third down by leaping over a few Bolts.
The Redskins have the ball deep in Chargers territory to start the fourth quarter.
Once again, the Chargers special teams pinned the Redskins deep. And once again, Lawrence Guy provided a game-changing play.
Mike Scifres coffin-cornered the Redskins on their own one-yard line for the second consecutive drive. And when Robert Griffin III dropped two steps behind his own goal line and threw, Guy was ready with a well-timed tip.
The ball fluttered in the air and right into Sean Lissemore's waiting arms in the end zone. That score, coupled with a late drive by Philip Rivers that ended in a 15-yard quick strike to Eddie Royal, gives the Bolts a 14-7 halftime lead over the Redskins.
The late drive ended an offensive funk for Rivers and Co. The veteran passer threw his sixth pick of the season midway through the quarter after a miscommunication with Vincent Brown. The interception led to points for the Redskins after a facemask penalty and a couple tough runs from Alfred Morris -- including a five-yard scoring run by the second-year back.
It was the first offensive touchdown surrendered by the Bolts defense in 12 consecutive quarters -- a team record.
But Rivers and the offense rebounded with a late scoring march. With under a minute left, Rivers tossed to Royal on a screen. The receiver picked up two key blocks from Keenan Allen and a sprinting D.J. Fluker and scored his seventh touchdown of the season.
Corey Liuget tipped two more passes from Griffin when they regained possession. And Luiget blocked the second field goal attempt from Kai Forbath when the Redskins attempted a 59-yard field goal to end the half.
Before today, the Bolts’ last blocked field goal came in 2002. They’ve notched two today.
The Redskins will receive the ball to start the second half.
Special teams have seized center stage in the opening quarter of today's game.
After 15 minutes, the Bolts and the Redskins are scoreless. And that's a testament to two standout plays by the third phase of the game.
Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense sputtered on the game's opening possession and punted around midfield. But Seyi Ajirotutu provided a spark by sprinting past the
Griffin drove his team into Bolts territory to set up a field goal, but Kevin Spencer's unit shined again. Lawrence Guy bowled over two Redskins blockers and was able to swat a field goal by Kai Fortbath. It was the team's first blocked field goal since 2002.
The Bolts took over, and they still have the ball to start the second quarter.
The Bolts go back to work today in the Nation's Capital.
The well-rested San Diego Chargers are fresh off their bye week and ready for the season's second half. They'll take on the Washington Redskins (2-5) when toe hits leather at FedEx Field at 10:00am PST.
Philip Rivers is in the midst of a standout season -- and his numbers don't fade when the Bolts are away from Qualcomm Stadium. In the Chargers' four road games, Rivers has completed nearly 78 percent of his throws for nearly 1,300 yards. Add seven touchdowns to just three interceptions and that makes Rivers one of the best road quarterbacks in the entire league this year. Another vital component to the team’s offensive surge has been Ryan Mathews. He’s notched two straight 100-yard games and leads the team's three-headed rushing attack. And it all wouldn't be possible without the flexibility of a deep offensive line that has given Rivers time to throw and Mathews and company time to expose running lanes.
Robert Griffin III has bounced back from his slow start, and he'll quarterback the Redskins as they try and break a historic streak by the Bolts' defense. The last time the defense went so long without surrendering a defensive touchdown, Jimmy Carter was president. The Redskins' dangerous read-option offense is capable of ending that streak at any time -- both Griffin and lead back Alfred Morris are averaging over five yards per carry this season. Griffin can throw the ball too; he's got a new target in rookie tight end Jordan Reed to go along with receivers Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan, Aldrick Robinson, Leonard Hankerson and Santana Moss.
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