AP Game Story: Packers 13, Redskins 16
Kicking a 33-yard field goal in overtime, the Washington Redskins battled back to win 16-13 over the Green Bay Packers.
LANDOVER, Md. -- The Green Bay Packers kept piling up the yards but couldn't score. The Washington Redskins were left with a surmountable deficit, which they overcame to win yet another game that came down to the last play.
LaRon Landry's diving interception set up Graham Gano's 33-yard field goal 6:54 into overtime Sunday, and the Redskins battled back from a 10-point fourth-quarter hole for a 16-13 win over the Packers. The result left both teams with 3-2 records, but rebuilding Washington feels a whole lot giddier about its mark than a Green Bay team that's supposed to have Super Bowl aspirations.
Four of Washington's five games this season weren't decided until the final snap, including two that went to overtime and two that ended on passes thrown into the end zone at the end of regulation. This one came after the Redskins were thoroughly dominated for much of the game, the defense allowing 444 yards and the offense allowing Donovan McNabb to get sacked five times.
McNabb finished 26 for 49 for 357 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Santana 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.
Aaron Rodgers completed 27 of 45 passes for 310 yards, surpassing 10,000 yards for his career, with one touchdown and one interception. Brandon Jackson ran for 115 yards on 10 carries, including a 71-yard first-quarter run that set up Green Bay's only touchdown.
The Packers, already banged up coming into the game, also had Donald Lee (shoulder), Jermichael Finley (knee), Ryan Pickett (ankle) and Clay Matthews (hamstring) leave with injuries.
Here's the best way to show how the tide turned: 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.
Each team punted on its first possession of overtime. When Green Bay got the ball again, Rodgers' downfield pass was picked off by a diving and rolling 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 to get Gano in easy range.
Gano tied the game with a 44-yarder with 1:07 to play in regulation. Green Bay's Mason Crosby hit the left upright from 53 yards with 1 second left, sending the game to overtime.
The Packers were coming off a three-point loss to Chicago and a two-point win over Detroit that had no one in the locker room celebrating. Rodgers caused a stir when he said he wished the offense kept running multiple-receiver shotgun formations in the second half against the Lions.
This time, he threw early and often. The Packers piled up 209 yards in the first quarter but had only seven points to show. One drive ended when Lee was stripped from behind by Landry 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 by linebacker Lorenzo Alexander in the end zone on fourth down.
Meanwhile, the injuries kept piling up for the Packers, who already had five players with at least one start this season on the inactive list. Lee's touchdown catch was his last play of the game; he left with a shoulder injury. Tight end Finley was carted off the field with a bad knee after Green Bay's second offensive play, while defensive lineman Pickett left two players later with an ankle injury.
In the second half, Matthews left with a cramp in his left hamstring. Matthews had 1 1/2 sacks in the game to push his season total to 8 1/2, but he had to watch from the sideline as the Redskins rallied late.