Redskins Grab Victory from Packers in Overtime, 16-13
Gary "Digital" Williams | 10/10/2010, 9:25 a.m.
Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb felt the pressure from the Green Bay defense. However, the Redskins defense was able to get key turn overs and make big plays and spark the team to rally past the Packers to a 16 - 13 overtime victory. Photo by John E De Freitas
The Washington Redskins defense and special teams turned out to be the big story as players on those sections came up with huge plays to notch at 16-13 overtime win over the Green Bay Packers at FedEx Field. The Redskins are now 3-2 on the season.
Safety LaRon Landry notched a key interception in the overtime period that led to kicker Graham Gano's 33-yard field goal with 8:06 left in the extra stanza to seal the victory. But the defense and special teams helped keep the Packers close throughout the contest. Linebacker Brian Orakpo had two of Washington's four sacks and newly reacquired punter Hunter Smith had a stellar day with five of eight punts pinning the Packers inside their own 20-yard line.
"I like this defense," said Landry, who led the Redskins in tackles with 13. "This defense allows me to play closer to the line of scrimmage and helps me make plays."
Offensively, quarterback Donovan McNabb was sacked five times but still managed to throw for 357 yards on 26 passes. McNabb's 46-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Armstrong in the fourth quarter kept the Redskins in the game, cutting the Packer lead to 13-10.
"We had some big plays," McNabb said. "The play to Armstrong started out a lot of good things. We were able to recognize a lot of their blitzes in the second half and that led to some good things."
"I was real proud of our football team," said Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan. "To take a game like that, offensively we couldn't get any momentum going, but we hung in there, collected our poise and played a heck of a football game. Unless you have guys with character, you don't win games like that."
Next up for the Redskins is a nationally televised Sunday night matchup against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts raised their record to 3-2 with a 19-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs were the last unbeaten team in the NFL this season.