Redskins 13, Ravens 7

It's one thing to have a backfield of thunder and lightning. It's another when you're having to face it all evening. Turns out it's a bad combination.

On a storm-shortened night, the Redskins beat Baltimore, 13-7. The game was called at 11:55 p.m.

The game started late because of a powerful storm that struck the Washington area, complete with heavy rains, thunder and lightning -- which at times seemed centered over the stadium. The game was delayed 71 minutes.

Washington scored the winning points when rookie linebacker Dallas Sartz intercepted a pass and returned it three yards for a touchdown. With Pierson Prioleau and Anthony Trucks in his face, Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller had the ball knocked out. It bounced off tackle tackle Jared Gaither and into Sartz's arms.

When the game was called, Baltimore had reached the Redskins' 29-yard line, where it faced second and 10. That's when the stadium was cleared for the second time in the evening. Without 10 minutes, the rain had started with rumbles of thunder and lightning.

The Ravens took a 7-6 halftime lead courtesy of a 15-play, 70-yard drive, marching down the field methodically. The longest play of the drive was a 20-yard Steve McNair pass to receiver Demetrius Williams on third and 14, beating linebacker London Fletcher. Two plays later, McNair hit Derrick Mason for 14 yards to the 20. An offsides penalty on Chris Wilson on third and five sustained the drive, which ended on a seven-yard toss to Mason, who stopped and cut inside as Rocky McIntosh and Sean Taylor flew outside.

The Redskins started the scoring with a 45-yard Shaun Suisham field goal, capping a drive which featured one big play. But it was a beaut: a 40-yard pass down the left side to Santana Moss on the first play from scrimmage. Todd Collins dropped in a perfect pass to the Ravens' 27. The drive stalled from there, thanks in part to two penalties.

They ended the half with another field goal after a 15-play drive died at the 18. From there, Suisham made a 29-yard field goal. Three Ravens penalties aided the 73-yard drive, including an offsides on fourth and 1 from the Redskins' 43. They also were flagged for pass interference on a third and five early in the series.

Collins hit receiver Antwaan Randle El for a 19-yard gain to the 17 for the longest play of the drive.

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