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Sun., Jul. 19, 2015 7:30 AM PDT
In Overtime, Redskins Overcome Bolts 30-24
In overtime, the Redskins overcome the Chargers, 30-24.
The Redskins won the opening coin toss and opted to defer, giving the ball to Philip Rivers and the offense first. They picked up two first downs before the drive stalled at midfield, forcing a punt that Seyi Ajirotutu acrobatically downed at the one-yard line. The Redskins gave the Bolts a taste of their own medicine with a 92-yard, 16 play drive. However, Kai Forbath’s 25-yard field goal was blocked by Lawrence Guy. It was the team’s first blocked field goal since 2002. Danny Woodhead and Ladarius Green each gained first downs as the first quarter came to an end.
San Diego picked up a third down conversion but was forced to punt. Special teams shined again as Mike Scifres' punt went out of bounds at the one-yard line. On the first play, Guy had another huge play, deflecting the ball at the line of scrimmage that Sean Lissemore made a great play to catch in the end zone for the Chargers first defensive touchdown of the year. Just like that it was 7-0 San Diego. On the next play the defense forced a three and out. Unfortunately, after picking up a first down, a miscommunication between Rivers and Vincent Brown led to an interception by E.J. Biggers, giving the Redskins the ball at their own 33. Washington picked up chunks of yards in four plays, ending in an Alfred Morris touchdown. It was the first touchdown the Bolts' defense allowed in 12 quarters, which was a record for the team. The Chargers offense got back on track with an 11-play, 85-yard touchdown drive ending with a 15-yard touchdown to Eddie Royal. Keenan Allen had three catches for 43 yards on the drive. The Redskins got in position for a 59-yard field goal, but Corey Liuget swatted Forbath’s attempt away for the team’s second block of the game.
To start the second half, the Redskins connected on a deep pass to Pierre Garcon on third down. The play put Washington deep in Chargers' territory, and they tied the game at 14 on a Darrel Young one-yard touchdown run. Antonio Gates caught two balls for first downs on the ensuing drive, but after reaching their own 41-yard line they were forced to punt it away. The Redskins converted two important third downs, including a 10-yard scramble with a long leap by Robert Griffin III, to have the ball on the doorstep at the end of the quarter.
Two plays into the fourth, Young had his second one-yard TD run of the game to give Washington their first lead of the game at 21-14. Back with the ball, the Bolts picked up a quick first down on a pass to Vincent Brown. On third down, it looked like they had another, but Allen dropped what would have been a long pass and the team was forced to punt back to the Redskins. Fortunately, the defense responded with a huge stop to force a three-and-out. Unfortunately, after a 15-yard pass to Royal, Rivers was intercepted by David Amerson. On the ensuing drive, the Redskins connected on a 47-yard field goal to put them up 24-14. The Chargers offense got another chance with just over 6 minutes remaining where Philip Rivers put together a 8 play, 77-yard drive ending in a 16-yard TD pass to Keenan Allen to put the Chargers within 3. The Chargers defense forced the Redskins to punt away the ball on their next offensive drive. The Bolts offense took the field just outside the two minute warning to see Rivers march the Chargers offense all the way down to the goal line. But on 1st and goal, were unable to punch the ball in for a touchdown so a 14-play, 91-yard drive ended in a field goal tying the game at 24 and taking it into OT.
The Redskins won the toss to start OT and elected to start with the ball. Unfortunately the Bolts never had the chance to have the ball on offense as RGIII and the Redskins offense scored a touchdown to end the game. In a 10-play, 78-yard drive culminating in a 4-yard TD run, the Redskins won the game with a final score of 30-24.
Down three with 21 seconds to go in the game, the Chargers had the ball at the Redskins one-yard line. After a run by Danny Woodhead, Philip Rivers was not able to connect on passes to Antonio Gates or Keenan Allen. The team was forced to go for the tie instead of taking a late lead. That would be the last time the offense got on the field as the Redskins won the opening coin toss and marched 78 yards for the game winning touchdown.
It was Over When…
On third-and-one from the Chargers four-yard line, Darrel Young plowed ahead for his third rushing touchdown of the game to score the game-winning TD in overtime.
Play of the Game
After another standout punt by Mike Scrifres went out of bounds at the Redskins one-yard line, Robert Griffin III went to throw out of his own end zone and Lawrence Guy rose high enough to deflect the ball in the air. After it ricocheted off another player, Sean Lissemore managed to come down with it for an unusual pick six.
Stat of the Game
The Chargers had their first blocked field goal since Adrian Dingle had one against the Jets exactly 11 years to the date. Not only did the Chargers get one in the first quarter by Lawrence Guy, they ended the second quarter with one as well by Corey Liuget.
“Coming on the road against a good football team, we obviously didn’t make the plays in the end to win one way or the other. Unfortunately they had the stand down there. That’s just part of the game and we have to find ways to finish games when we have the opportunity like we had there at the end in regulation.” – Head Coach Mike McCoy
“This is a tough one obviously. To play well early, to go down by 10 and then to make a bunch of plays to get back in the game, it showed how tough and resilient this team is to come all the way back and be that close to putting them away. It’s tough.” – Outside Linebacker Jarrett Johnson
“We have all the confidence in the world in our abilities and what we can do. Just the nature of this league, it’s always been tough, especially on the road, to come away with a win. Today wasn’t an exception; they just played phenomenally down in that area. There are some things we could have done better and could have cleaned up, but when it’s all said and done, those are the plays that you have to make in this league. We weren’t able to do that.” – Tight End Antonio Gates
“The only thing we can do is go out there and do our job to the best of our ability. To go out there and give it everything we have on every single play. Wins and losses are a dime a dozen. The only thing we can do is do our job.” – Right Tackle D.J. Fluker
“We were right there. We were seemingly six inches away from victory. We just didn’t get it done and they did. That’s why they won the game. Every loss is hard to get over. It feels like you die. But we have to get over it quickly. We need to get a good week of work in and get ready to play Denver and play our best game of football to date.” – Center Nick Hardwick
Odds and Ends
The Bolts defense extended their scoreless streak to 12, a new team record, before Alfred Morris scored a five-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Sean Lissemore scored the first defensive touchdown for the Chargers this season. The last time the team scored a defensive TD was a fumble return by Quentin Jammer last December.
The Redskins held a dominating edge in time of possession, holding the ball for 40:03 compared to 25:58 for the Chargers.
Philip Rivers completed 29 of 46 passes for 341 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for an 81.9 passer rating.
Ryan Mathews led all rushers, carrying the ball seven times for 34 yards, averaging 4.9 yards per carry.
Eric Weddle led the defense with 14 tackles, while Manti Te’o was second with nine.