Up until the end, the drive was a case study in the two-minute drill. The offense cautiously took what it could, chunk by chunk. And players made sure they stepped out of bounds, conserving the two precious timeouts they'd surely need if
The Bolts' last-minute scoring drive accomplished everything it needed to -- except it didn't end the game. Instead,
While getting points was the goal when they took over deep in their own territory, the end result was disappointing considering they managed to drive the ball down to the Redskins’ one-yard line.
“It was all there for us to win,” said Head Coach Mike McCoy. “They out-executed us for three plays. That’s what it comes down to. The parity in this league is too good. You have to be at your best every play and in a situation like that, it was all there for the taking. We didn’t execute well enough to win.”
Backed up on their own eight-yard line, Rivers set the tone of the drive with a 21-yard toss to
Everything seemed to be falling into place. Allen had another big catch for 20 more yards. Rivers’ legs even got in on the action with a nine-yard scramble before ducking out of bounds at the Redskins' six-yard line with 37 seconds left.
But even with two timeouts in pocket, scoring was anything but ensured. Nothing proved that more than when Danny Woodhead snagged a six-yard pass, sprawled out toward the end zone, and just missed the front pylon with an outstretched arm and a clutched ball.
The Bolts wouldn't get closer than that to ending the game.
After a replay overturned Woodhead's score, he was rebuffed at the goal line. And two incompletions followed -- a fade to Gates covered tightly by Hall and a roll out pass to Allen that fell incomplete in the back of the end zone.
Those three tries were the only chances the Bolts would get for a late win.
“We were right there,” said
Overtime followed a Nick Novak field goal, and the offense never took the field to capitalize off the momentum it built on their last drive.
The two-minute drill was a thing of beauty. But it ended up with a field goal and felt more like a missed opportunity when the Redskins crossed the goal line themselves and did what the Bolts just missed doing – ending the game.