Redskins Clip Cardinals, 22-21
Gary "Digital" Williams | 9/19/2011, 8:32 a.m.
At the end of the Washington Redskins's battle with the Arizona Cardinals, the Redskins led the time of possession battle by 17 minutes. The Redskins would end up needing every one of those minutes to pull out a 23-21 victory over the Cardinals in front of 76,330 at FedEx Field.
The Redskins held the ball for almost 40 minutes throughout the contest but didn't seal the victory until the final two minutes when kicker Graham Gano booted a 34-yard field goal. The Redskins gave away numerous opportunities to score more points by turning the ball over. Quarterback Rex Grossman threw two interceptions in the first quarter and Gano had an earlier field goal blocked.
Despite this, the Redskins managed to score 12 points in the final quarter and were able to pull out the victory. According to Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan, the win said a lot about the team's character.
"You've got to find a way to win," said Shanahan. "It shows a lot of character when you stub your toe early and miss opportunities in the first half and come back and move the ball the way we did in the second half."
Photos by John E. De Freitas below.
Offensively, the running game continued to be a bright spot as running backs Tim Hightower and Roy Helu combined for 170 yards on 30 carries. Tight end Fred Davis also had another solid day with six catches for 86 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, rookie linebacker Ryan Kerrigan had three tackles and a sack and middle linebacker London Fletcher had a key interception as the Redskins went 2-0 for the first time since 2007.
This week is Dallas Week as the Redskins take their first road trip of the regular season to play their arch rival Dallas Cowboys on Monday night in Arlington, TX. The Cowboys won their first game of the year with a 27-24 overtime victory over the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco. Despite playing with a broken rib, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw for 345 yards and two touchdowns.