Game Story: Redskins 14, Packers 17

Here are some tidbits as well as what went right and wrong for the Redskins today.

By the Numbers

278 – Brett Favre's career interception total after Sean Taylor picked one off in the third quarter.

174 – Combined total yards in the second half.

96 – Number of passes Jason Campbell had thrown without an interception until the first half Sunday.

6 – Number of first-half runs by Green Bay

3 – Number of dropped interceptions by Taylor.

2 – Number of caught interceptions by Taylor.

1 – Number of Redskins starting offensive linemen who have not been hurt in the regular season.

Fast Facts

Record: 3-2

This time last year: 2-3

Time of Game: 3:12

Attendance: 70,761

Stat worth noting: Redskins tight end Chris Cooley had nine receptions, six more than any of his teammates. And the wideouts combined to make four catches for 60 yards.

Stat worth noting II: Green Bay tried to pass the ball on Washington, but had little success save for one play. The Packers averaged just 5.1 yards per passing attempt, a putrid amount.

Turning point: Despite a number of crucial mistakes, one of which is described below, the Redskins still had a chance to win this game. But their last good opportunity came at the 6:48 markaround the six minute mark. However, on fourth and 2 from the 33, Ladell Betts was stopped for no gain after taking a pass in the flat.

Play to remember: No one play stands out, but the play that seemed to be one that would turn the game in their favor was the nine-yard touchdown pass to Chris Cooley, giving Washington a 14-7 lead. Cooley started to the flat, then turned up on the wheel route for an easy score.

Play to forget: Is there any doubt? Late in the third quarter, receiver Santana Moss ran a reverse around the left end. As he was falling down, Corey Williams stripped him of the ball. Corner Charles Woodson returned the fumble 57 yards for a 17-14 lead.

What went right:

…The defense did an excellent job when confronted with a sudden change situation. In the fourth quarter, the Packers caused a turnover deep in Redskins territory, clinging to a three-point lead. A touchdown would have ended the game. The defense held; Chris Wilson had a sack and Green Bay missed a 38-yard field goal.

…Back to the defense. Washington did an excellent job against Brett Favre, holding him to a sub-44.0 passer rating. The Redskins took away the inside slants that Green Bay loves and did a good job of preventing big plays. Except for one play, they didn't give up any big plays.

…The Redskins caught a break when a pass in the back of the end zone to Bubba Franks was ruled an incomplete pass. Fred Smoot arrived as the ball did and forced him out of bounds as he caught the ball. It could easily have been ruled a touchdown, under the forceout rule.

What Went Wrong:

…You can't talk about this loss without mentioning all the drops. The Redskins killed their chances of pulling off a road upset by consistently dropping passes. One went through Santana Moss' hands, stretched above his head, for an interception. But he wasn't alone. Perhaps the misty weather played a factor, but Moss has uncharacteriscally struggled with this issue all season.

…Because of the drops, the Redskins had one of their worst days on third downs. They converted just two of 13. Again, that's a hard way to pull an upset. And considering they entered as one of the better teams on third down, it was disappointing.

…The Redskins' defense made plays and did just about everything right. But they got suckered on a play-action pass down the seam in the first half. Defensive boss Gregg Williams said it's a play he hadn't seen run in a long time. Rocky McIntosh bit on the fake and the tight end ran open down the seam.

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