San Diego 24
The Washington Redskins defeat the Chargers in another thriller at FedEx Field.
Stat of the Day: The Redskins were 12/17 (70%) on third downs.
Player of the Game: Pierre Garcon– Garcon caught seven passes for 172 yards and had a couple of highlight reel grabs.
TURNING POINT: With the season on the line, the Redskins had a goal line stand and forced the Chargers to kick a field goal that sent the game to overtime instead of sending Washington home.
1. Alfred Morris- The always reliable Alfred Morris was well reliable. The second year running back rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.
2. Pass defense- Philip Rivers came into the game having a great season. The defense didn’t shut him down but forcing two interceptions is commendable.
3. Kyle Shanahan- The heavily criticized offense coordinator got back to running the football and I thought called a great series in overtime.
1. Inside linebackers- Perry Riley and London Fletcher were continually taken advantage of by Philip Rivers. Danny Woodhead and Antonio Gates worked the middle of the field and combined for 15 catches for 130 yards.
2. Pass rush- The Redskins were close but only bought Rivers down once.
3. Field goal blocking- One blocked field goal attempt is unacceptable let alone two.
The Redskins offense possessed the ball for over 40 minutes and had only one turnover. Unfortunately, the turnover was an interception for a touchdown.
Washington’s defense forced two turnovers and held San Diego to a 3 of 9 third down conversion rate. Only thing keeping this from an A was giving up a ten point lead late in the fourth quarter.
Special Teams- F
The Redskins had two field goal attempts blocked and did not get any contribution from the return game.
Who’s next: The Redskins (3-5) travel to Minnesota to play the Vikings (1-7) on Thursday night.