The Redskins hang on to beat the Chargers at Fedex Field

The Redskins running game was brought back to life while their defense came up big when it mattered most. Photo: Joseph White/AP

LANDOVER, November 4, 2013 — The Washington Redskins blew a ten point lead in the fourth quarter, but held on to win a wild game in overtime against the San Diego Chargers, 30-24. 

Robert Griffin III did not throw a touchdown, but he would probably trade Suday’s performance for last week’s showing in Denver in a heartbeat. RG3 started off very shaky in the first half. His first few throws kept getting batted at the line of scrimmage.

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Then, as the Redskins were on their own goal line, RG3 dropped back and had yet another pass deflected, but this time it was immediately intercepted by the Chargers in the endzone for a sudden pick-six. Griffin, however, bounced back and put up some good numbers, completing 23-for-32 for 291 yards. 

The Good: The Redskins won. At 3-5, the playoffs are still within reach. The Redskins also focused on running the ball, which is something they have not done much of this season. The other “Good” has to be the Redskins’ goal line stand to send the game into overtime. If the Redskins could not hold the Chargers who had first and goal at the one yard line with less than a minute remaining, the game would have been won by the Chargers. The Redskins were bailed out with some poor play calling, but the end result was a field goal that sent the game into overtime. 

The Bad: The defensive secondary was eaten alive against the speedy San Diego receivers. The Redskins’ defensive pass rush did not seem to put much pressure on Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. With a ten point lead, Rivers drove the Chargers down the field during his last two possessions. Minus the amazing goal line stand by the Redskins, the Chargers dominated the last five minutes of the game. 

The Reality Check: The Redskins are still two wins behind the Dallas Cowboys, who beat the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The Redskins have yet to win a game against an NFC East opponent, which does not help their case for any NFC East first place tie-breaker scenarios. 

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The Fan’s View: The Redskins have an easier schedule from here. They still have yet to play the Giants, Vikings and Falcons. Washington also plays the Eagles for the second time. If the Redskins can run the ball effectively and play to their own strengths, they could conceivably beat anybody. If the Redskins continue to run the ball and use all of their receivers, they could even take down the 49ers and Chiefs, two very good teams also scheduled to play the Redskins.

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Born in Southern Maryland, 34 years old, John Heibel grew up a Washington DC  sports fan, playing pretty much all sports. Heibel served in the US Coast Guard for 7 years and has two bachelors degrees.
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