Converting two different third and ten-plus yard opportunities with passes to Eric Parker, and aided by a 19-yard run from Tomlinson, the Chargers drove down to the Washington 30 – where it stalled. Nate Kaeding connected on a season-long 48-yard field goal to cut the lead to seven.
With time winding down in the fourth, the Chargers drove 67 yards in a minute and seven seconds, capped by a 32-yard rushing touchdown by Tomlinson to tie the game at 17-17.
With a minute left on the clock, Shawn Springs intercepted a Brees pass at the San Diego 30-yard line on a pass tipped by Marcus Washington. John Hall came on to attempt a 53-yard field goal that missed short and wide right with 30 seconds to go. The Chargers tried to heave one into the end zone but it was intercepted, forcing overtime.
After three straight plays that produced negative results and a cumulative total of 18 lost yards by the Chargers offense, the Skins got the ball in San Diego territory. It would result in a 38-yard field goal from John Hall to put Washington up 3-0.
The Chargers used great field position to their advantage in the second quarter. On a drive that started at their 43, Drew Brees went 3-for-4 for 37 yards and an end-around from Parker setup a one-yard touchdown run by Tomlinson to give San Diego the lead.
Washington quickly answered with a 69-yard drive that took just three minutes off the clock. A 22-yard strike from Mark Brunell to Santana Moss capped the drive and put the Redskins up 10-7. Brunell went 4-of-5 for 62 yards on the drive.
The Skins used yards after the catch as a means to drive down the field, getting significant yards from Santana Moss and Clinton Portis after their respective receptions. Rock Cartwright topped the drive off with his sixth career touchdown, a run from 13 yards out to put the Skins up by ten.