Washington Redskins Defeat Green Bay Packers 16-13 In Overtime

October 10th, 2010-  By Alex Groberman

It took a Graham Gano 33-yard field at 6:54 in overtime to lead the Washington Redskins over the Green Bay Packers 16-13 on Sunday. The win makes the Redskins one of the surprise stories in the league as they now sit at 3-2, an impressive jump for a group that won four games for the entire year in 2009.

For most of the day, Washington was completely and thoroughly outplayed. The team’s defense allowed 427 yards on the day and the offensive line allowed quarterback, Donovan McNabb to get sacked five times.

It was because of this that they had to overcome a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. If we’ve learned anything in this new year, though, it’s to never count the Mike Shanahan led Redskins team out in any situation.

Meanwhile, the loss comes as a blow to the Packers who now fall to 3-2 on the season. While the Redskins are happy with such a mark, Green Bay was expected to be a Super Bowl contender this year and this is clearly not the beginning to the season that they were envisioning for themselves. Coming off a two-point victory over the Detroit Lions and a three-point loss to the Chicago Bears, this loss will send the Packers back to the drawing board to draw up a more realistic formula for success.

Bad penalties were the theme of the game for Green Bay, as they racked up a team-record 18 for the day. On top of that, the team with a ton of injuries already saw Donald Lee, Jermichael Finley, Ryan Pickett, Clay Matthews and Derrick Martin also exit the game with injuries.

After the game, it was revealed that Rodgers suffered a concussion.

The Packers had no problems moving the ball early, however, late in the game they couldn’t convert their yards into points. Early in the fourth quarter they held on tight to a 13-3 lead before a 48-yard touchdown pass from McNabb to Anthony Armstrong and a Gano field goal from the 45-yard line tied the game with a little over a minute remaining.

A last-ditch attempt by Green Bay in regulation in the form of a Mason Crosby field goal from the 53- yard line with a second left to play hit the left upright.

In overtime Rodgers threw an interception at the Packers 39-yard line. Three penalties later the Redskins got the ball at the 22 which put Gano well within his range to work his magic.

Considering that Washington punted the ball away on seven of their first eight possessions, this was clearly a game that the Packers had no reason to lose.

McNabb led the way for Washington with 357 yards, one touchdown and one interception on a 26-for- 49 performance. Running back, Ryan Torain chipped in with 40 yards on 16 carries while Clinton Portis sat out with a groin injury.

Meanwhile, Rodgers wrapped up a disappointing day with 293 yards on a 27-46 passing performance.

The Redskins were home underdogs in the game, thus rewarding all those who picked them with the +3 line on USA Online Sportsbooks and NFL Weekly Betting Odds.

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