Packers Blow another game, lose in OT to Redskins. Fall to 3-2 with easy part of schedule over : Packers Insider

Packers Blow another game, lose in OT to Redskins. Fall to 3-2 with easy part of schedule over

October 10, 2010 by  
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Clay Matthews, Jermichael Finley, Ryan Pickett, Derrick Martin, and Donald Lee all were injured and didn’t return. Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion in overtime when he was head helmet to helmet on his final pass, the interception. Unlike Frank Zombo against Jay Cutler in week three, this one was not called a penalty.

Oct 10, 2010 ~ AP

~Landover, Md. — For the fourth time in five weeks, the nerves mounted along the Washington Redskins sideline as the game once again came down the final snap. They’re finding all sorts of ways to win — except, that is, by taking a knee.

This time the shouts of exultation had to wait until Graham Gano’s 33-yard field goal sailed through the uprights 6:54 into overtime. It gave the Redskins a 16-13 win over the Green Bay Packers and an unexpected 3-2 record for a team that won only four games last season.

Holder Tim Masthay and kicker Mason Crosby react in disbelief as Crosby's 51-yard FG attempt hooked late and hit the left upright at the end of the fourth quarter. The ball was kicked well enough to be good from at least 65 yards. The few inches cost the Packers a 4-1 record.

It’s almost too much to take.

“You wish you could do something different, man,” receiver Santana Moss said, shaking his head. “But I’ll take ’em. As long as they’re Ws out there, I’ll take ’em.”

Washington has had two games go to overtime and two that ended on passes thrown into the end zone by the opposing team at the end of regulation. This one came after the Redskins were thoroughly dominated for much of the afternoon, the defense allowing 427 yards and the offense allowing Donovan McNabb to get sacked five times. They also overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

But the Redskins have come out on top more often than not, a switch universally attributed in the locker room to new coach Mike Shanahan.

“These are the games,” fullback Mike Sellers said, “we didn’t win in the past.”

And these are the games the Packers (3-2) aren’t supposed to lose, not if they’re going to keep their Super Bowl aspirations intact. They were coming off a two-point win over Detroit that had no one in the locker room celebrating, and that followed a three-point loss to Chicago in which they had a team-record 18 penalties.

Already banged up coming into the game, Green Bay also had Donald Lee (shoulder), Jermichael Finley (knee), Ryan Pickett (ankle), Clay Matthews (hamstring) and Derrick Martin (knee) leave with injuries. After the game, the Packers revealed Rodgers suffered a concussion.

Jermichael Finely is taken off the field after injuring his knee or leg on a first-drive play that was the result of TE Donald Lee fumbling the football and making Finley chase down the returner. Finley never returned to the game and the Packers offense stalled missing their big weapon.

“It’s just one of those seasons, and we’ve still got to focus in, and we’ve got to keep clicking. I still think we can be the team that we want to be. It’s the ‘Year of the Takeover’ still,” said Finley, using the nickname he has given this season. “It ain’t changed just ’cause of one loss.”

The Packers moved the ball well early, but couldn’t convert their yards into points, leaving them with a tenuous 13-3 lead entering the fourth quarter. A 48-yard touchdown pass from McNabb to a leaping Anthony Armstrong got Washington within three, and Gano tied the game with a 45-yard field goal with 1:07 remaining.

The Packers had time to drive for a winning score in regulation, but Mason Crosby hit the left upright from 53 yards with 1 second left.

In overtime, Rodgers’ downfield pass was picked off by a diving and rolling LaRon Landry at the Packers 39-yard line. Two short passes, a holding call on linebacker Brady Poppinga and a pass interference penalty on Charles Woodson moved the ball to the 22, helping Gano get in easy range.

How much did the tide turn? The Redskins punted on seven of their first eight possessions, while the Packers’ last seven possessions ended with four punts, two missed field goals and an interception. Green Bay was also hurt by nine penalties for 63 yards.

“We just keep hearing the whispers: ‘We can’t beat this team.’ ‘We can’t beat that team.’ ‘We’re not playing great.’ ‘We’re not doing this,'” Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. “We’re just going out there, taking care of business.”

McNabb finished 26 for 49 for 357 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Moss caught seven passes for 118 yards. Ryan Torain ran for 40 yards on 16 carries starting for Clinton Portis (out with a groin injury). Landry had a hand in two turnovers, forcing a fumble on Green Bay’s first drive before his interception on the Packers’ last drive.

Rodgers completed 27 of 46 passes for 293 yards, surpassing 10,000 yards for his career, and a 5-yard pass to Donald Lee in the first quarter accounted for Green Bay’s only touchdown.

Aaron Rodgers was battered and bruised Sunday. Here, he's stuffed on a 3rd & goal QB sneak in the first half that would have given the Packers a 14-0 lead. They would go for it on the next play, and Rodgers underthrew TE Andrew Quarless, who was held coming off the line by the Redskin defensive lineman who was being asked to cover the athletic Quarless. No flag was thrown.

Brandon Jackson ran for a career-high 115 yards on 10 carries, including a 71-yard first-quarter run that set up the touchdown.

The Packers had one first-half drive end when Lee was stripped from behind after making a catch. Another made it to Washington’s 1-yard line early in the second quarter, but three attempts couldn’t move the ball that final yard. Rodgers’ pass to rookie tight end Andrew Quarless was broken up in the end zone on fourth down.

“I think we all know yards don’t mean anything,” Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. “It’s about points.”

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