Redskins Drop Heartbreaker to Undefeated Saints, 33-30 in OT
Gary €Digital€ Williams | 12/7/2009, 12:37 p.m.
During a timeout late in the third quarter, many in the crowd of 84,520 at FedEx Field broke into a lusty, acapella rendition of €Hail to the Redskins€ expecting something special from their favorite team.
The Washington Redskins were one minute and 52 seconds from giving they crowd what they wanted. However, Redskins kicker Shawn Suisham missed a 22-yard field goal and the New Orleans Saints scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to remain undefeated, winning 33-30.This type of loss seemed to hurt the Redskins and their fans more than any other in this season. The Redskins piled up 455 yards of offense and scored 30 points for the first time in Jim Zorn€s head coaching career.
Quarterback Jason Campbell racked up a career-high 367 yards on 30 of 42 completions and threw three touchdowns, two to wide receiver Devin Thomas.
However, those accomplishments as well as some solid performances on the defensive side of the ball weren€t enough to keep the Redskins from pulling off perhaps the biggest upset of the year.
€There wasn€t much to say [to the team after the game]€ said Zorn in the post-game press conference. €I told them how proud I was after a game like that. We had some pretty amazing plays that didn€t go our way.€
€Our team played well on all three phases of the game €" offense, defense and special teams,€ Zorn continued. €We connected on many things, but so did they and the Saintsmaintained their composure down the stretch.
"There wasn't much he could say," added defensive back Reed Doughty. "It's time for things to get done."
When asked about Suisham€s missed field goal, Zorn said the snap was high and €Hunter Smith (the holder) did a good job in getting it, but had to slam it down and that might have thrown the rhythm off a little bit. It was just a tough play.€
The Redskins take their 3-9 record to Oakland, Ca. to face the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders will be coming off a big win on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-24. Raiders quarterback Bruce Gradowski has thrown for six touchdowns since taking the starting job from JaMarcus Russell.