Redskins Lose Lead, Game in Overtime to Texans, 30-27

Gary "Digital" Williams | 9/18/2010, 7:35 a.m.
Perhaps it was Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis who said it best after the...
Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb is tackled by Houston Texans defenders in the Skins overtime 30-27 loss. Photo by John E. DeFreitas.

Perhaps it was Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis who said it best after the game.

"When you pass for over 400 yards and when you're ahead like we were, you're not supposed to lose the game," Portis said.

Yet, quarterback Donavan McNabb threw for 426 yards and a touchdown and the Redskins were ahead by as many as 17 points but the Houston Texans scored 20 unanswered points, ending with a 35-yard field goal by Neil Rackers to win the game in overtime, 30-27 in front of 88,240 frustrated fans at FedEx Field.

Portis rushed for just 33 yards but scored two touchdowns on one-yard plunges.

Texans quarterback Matt Schaub also had a superlative day throwing for 497 yards and three touchdowns. Twelve of Schaub's passes landed in the hands of wide receiver Andre Johnson who amassed 158 yards and scored the game-tying touchdown with a leaping grab over safety Reed Doughty in the end zone. Eleven more of Schaub's passes were thrown to wide receiver Kevin Walter who picked up 144 yards and another touchdown.

Defensively, defensive back Carlos Rogers picked off a Schaub pass and set up the second of kicker Graham Gano's two field goals that gave the Redskins an early 6-0 lead. However, Gano missed a long field goal that would have given the Redskins the victory late in the game.

Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan said his team played hard but it's hard to overcome mistakes.

"It's tough to lose a game like that when you have so many opportunities to win," Shanahan said. "We had chances to kind of seal the deal but we didn't get it done. I am proud of my players's efforts. We played hard tonight."

Injuries continue to be a concern for the Redskins. Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was deactivated for the Houston contest. During the game, rookie offensive lineman Trent Williams suffered injuries to his knee and a toe. At press time, Williams was scheduled to undergo an MRI to assess the damage.

The Redskins conduct their first road trip of the season as they travel to the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis , MO for a 4:15 PM ET contest against the St. Louis Rams. The Rams are 0-2 as the lost to the Oakland Raiders, 17-13 in Oakland on Sunday.