The Redskins came back from eight down with 10:58 remaining to defeat the Arizona Cardinals 22-21 and go to 2-0 on the season for the first time since 2007, which is the last time they made the playoffs. Graham Gano kicked a 34 yard field goal with 1:45 left and then a Chansi Stuckey fumble and Reed Doughty fumble recovery on the Cardinals final drive clinched it for the Redskins.
The Redskins squandered a lot of opportunities early, only going 1 for 4 in the red zone in the first half, including a Rex Grossman interception from the six yard line, and 2 for 7 overall for the game. The Redskins were up 10-7 at the half, but should’ve been a lot more, not only did Grossman throw a red zone interception but a Graham Gano 30 yard field goal was blocked.
On the missed opportunities in the first half, Grossman said, “It was just one minor mistake here or there. We got it done and that’s all that matters. I feel like we dominated yards wise on the offense, but only had ten points to show for it. Those are things that we’ll look at and get better on, but we won the game, that’s all that matters.”
Rex Grossman ended up 25 of 43 for 291 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions which were on the Redskins first two drives of the game. Grossman was sacked only one time and was 6 for 17 on third down, but a perfect 1 for 1 on fourth down.
Tim Hightower had his best game as a Redskins running for 96 yards on 20 carries. The former Cardinals running back’s longest run was 20 yards and admitted after the game that it wasn’t just another game for him. Rookie running back Roy Helu had his first substantial NFL playing time running the ball for 74 yards on 10 carries and catching three passes for 38 yards.
On the receiving end of things, Fred Davis led the Redskins for the second straight week with six catches for 86 yards including a touchdown and a 40 yard reception. Jabar Gaffney had five receptions for 62 yards, Santana Moss had five receptions for 61 yards including a 19 yard touchdown catch on fourth down. Donte Stallworth, in his first game as a Redskin, had two catches for 16 yards and Anthony Armstrong had two catches for 14 yards. In all, Rex Grossman found eight different Redskins through the air.
The Redskins had 455 total yards, 172 on the ground and 283 in the air. Brandon Banks had four punt returns for 73 yards including a 35 yard return.
Defensively the Redskins held the Cardinals to 324 total yards, 93 rushing yards and 231 passing. The Cardinals were 3 for 9 on third down and the Redskins sacked Kevin Kolb three times. Rocky McIntosh, Ryan Kerrigan (his first career sack) and Brian Orakpo each got credit for a sack. McIntosh and Reed Doughty led the Redskins with three tackles each, Doughty also had a fumble recovery, and London Fletcher had two tackles including an interception off a Kerrigan deflection. DeAngelo Hall had a solid day matching up with Larry Fitzgerald and the perennial pro bowl receiver only had one long reception…it was a 73 yard touchdown reception. Fitzgerald ended up with seven catches for 133 yards overall.
Cornerback Josh Wilson left early in the third quarter with a sore back and Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan doesn’t think it’s serious. Also cornerback Kevin Barnes had some cramps and missed a few plays. The Redskins head to Dallas to play the Cowboys on Monday Night Football in eight days and will have tomorrow and Tuesday off.
Listen here to what Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan had to say about the win today.
Mike Shanahan Press Conference Audio
Also listen to what Rex Grossman, Tim Hightower, London Fletcher, Ryan Kerrigan, Santana Moss, Brian Orakpo, Trent Williams, Reed Doughty, Stephen Bowen, Roy Helu, Kory Lichtensteiger, Graham Gano & Sav Rocca had to say following the game.
Rex Grossman Postgame Audio
Tim Hightower Postgame Audio
London Fletcher Postgame Audio
Ryan Kerrigan Postgame Audio
Santana Moss Postgame Audio
Brian Orakpo Postgame Audio
Trent Williams Postgame Audio
Reed Doughty Postgame Audio
Stephen Bowen Postgame Audio
Roy Helu Postgame Audio
Kory Lichtensteiger Postgame Audio
Graham Gano Postgame Audio
Sav Rocca Postgame Audio