Redskins have early fun, then none

The Washington Redskins had a blast in coach Steve Spurrier's Fun 'n Gun offense early in Sunday's 27-24 Bears win. <P> In the end, the Bears' cautious defense prevailed.

"Some of their plays were pretty tricky," Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher said.

The trickiest play actually failed. It was a throwback pass by wide receiver Rod Gardner to quarterback Tim Hasselbeck in the end zone on second-and-12 from the Bears' 14. Officials ruled Hasselbeck trapped the ball with Bears defensive end Michael Haynes guarding him. Replay upheld the incompletion, although the replay seemed to actually indicate a catch.

"The one reverse where they threw it to the quarterback tricked us good," Urlacher said.

Washington scored one play later anyway for a 17-10 lead on Hasselbeck's 14-yard pass to Laveranues Coles.

The other trick play resulted in the Redskins' first touchdown. It was a double pass. Hasselbeck threw an overhanded lateral pass behind the line of scrimmage to Gardner, who then threw 36 yards across the field to wide-open running back Chad Morton.

Defensive coordinator Greg Blache had warned his team all week about the trickery. Then when it happened, he thought it made his defensive players cautious, leading to 209 yards and a 116.9 passer rating for Hasselbeck.

"It unsettled our guys," Blache said. "It allowed some other things to be functional because they did what they did."

Hasselbeck had started the game 0-for-6 and then completed 16 of his last 19.

The Bears' defense still held Washington's running game to 44 yards on 18 carries. Rock Cartwright had 41 yards after he'd gained 92 against Dallas.

"Once we stopped the run, we left them just that other stuff," defensive end Phillip Daniels said.

The best thing the Bears' defense did, though, was get off the field. The Redskins converted only 1-of-9 third downs (11 percent).

"We couldn't stay on the field and we couldn't get them off the field and their guy finally made a field goal," Redskins coach Steve Spurrier said.

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