Reporting Sky Kerstein
For the first time all season the Redskins defense gave up 300 yards in the air as Tom Brady threw for 357 yards and three touchdowns in the New England Patriots 34-27 win over the Washington Redskins and the Redskins are now 4-9 on the season. It was also the first time the Patriots have ever won in DC and the Patriots have now won in every current NFL stadium.
It wasn’t all bad for the Redskins as they were in it late, but on third and goal from the nine, Rex Grossman threw it through Santana Moss’ hands and right into the hands of Patriots linebacker Jerrod Mayo to clinch it for the Patriots.
Two plays before the interception, Santana Moss caught the ball in the endzone to bring them within one, but it was called back for offensive pass interference and Santana Moss wasn’t too happy about it.
“We gotta play against the team and the refs. It’s like that,” Moss said following the loss. “We don’t get no calls around here. You guys have been covering us for a long time. Y’all see what goes on out there.”
There was also a controversial unnecessary roughness call on London Fletcher for hitting a sliding Tom Brady with Fletcher’s forearm to Brady’s head. Replays showed that Fletcher’s forearm was nowhere near Brady’s head and he wasn’t too happy with the officiating either.
“He waited till the last minute to slide,” Fletcher said. “He’s [Brady] considered a runner at that time.”
“The referee thought I hit him in the head,” Fletcher added. “I didn’t hit him in the head. But what can I do?”
Rex Grossman, despite playing without Fred Davis & Trent Williams due to suspensions and also losing right tackle Jammal Brown in warm ups with a right groin injury, got the offense moving. The Redskins had 463 total yards, 170 on the ground and 293 in the air. Grossman ended up going 19 of 32 for 252 yards and two touchdowns. He did though get sacked in the endzone by former Redskin Andre Carter in the first quarter which caused him to fumble the ball and the Patriots Vince Wilfork jumped on it for the Patriots first score of the game. Willie Smith was playing his first ever series in the NFL at left tackle and Andre Carter just ran around him for his tenth sack of the season. Smith played well after that and that helped with the offensive performance. Grossman did have the one late interception and has now thrown a pick in his last nine starts and the Redskins have the longest turnover streak in the NFL at 27 consecutive games. Grossman was sacked two times on the day.
Brandon Banks had his first offensive snap of the season when he got a reverse from Roy Helu and then passed it 49 yards down the sideline to Santana Moss for a touchdown. It is Bank’s first ever career pass and was the only offensive play he would see all day.
“It was a reverse pass call I had the option to run it or keep it,” Banks said on the play. “They bit on me so I just threw it up to Santana.”
The Redskins also had 25 first downs, were 7 for 14 on third downs, held the ball for 36:09 but were only 2 for 5 in the red zone.
Roy Helu is the first Redskins rookie running back to ever have three consecutive one hundred yard games and had his career best performance running for 126 yards on 27 carries. Evan Royster gave Helu a breather a few times and ran it six times for 44 yards.
“I think the last couple of games we’ve been getting better in the running area,” Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. “I think Roy [Helu] has been doing an excellent job, he’s averaging close to five yards a carry. We’re giving him more of a load, feeling a lot more comfortable with it. I thought [Evan] Royster came in and played exceptionally well when Roy was a little tired. Good effort.”
Donte Stallworth had his best game as a Redskin catching four passes for 96 yards including a 51 yarder. Jabar Gaffney also had a solid effort catching six ball for 92 yards, including a touchdown, while Santana Moss had three catches for 81 yards and also a touchdown. David Anderson had his first touchdown as a Redskin when he caught a six yard pass in the endzone and ended up with two catches for 12 yards.
Graham Gano was two for two on field goals with the longest being 25 yards. Sav Rocca only punted the ball three times all game and Brandon Banks didn’t do much in the return game.
On the defensive side of the things, Josh Wilson had his first interception as a Redskin when he picked off Brady in the back of the endzone late in the game and gave the Redskins a chance. The Redskins had one sack all game and it was a combined sack with Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen. London Fletcher led the Redskins with seven tackles, Perry Riley had five tackles, DJ Gomes, Josh Wilson and DeAngelo Hall each had four tackles.
The Redskins held the Patriots to only 79 yard rushing, but had no answer to Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski ended up with six receptions for 160 yards, including a 50 yarder, and two touchdowns. Twice, including one of his touchdowns, the Redskins tried to tackle him and couldn’t. Ryan Kerrigan was called for holding on Gronkowski’s second touchdown, but he just ran right through the tackle. Gronkowski now has 15 touchdowns on the season which is a single season record for most touchdowns by a tight end. Gronkowski also jumped into the stands after one of his touchdowns.
“I don’t know. I just do things on the spot and I never thought of that before. I just saw the guy with the New England jersey in the first row so I gotta give him some props. Gotta give him some love because he’s got first row [seats] at an away game with the New England jersey on.”
Mike Sellers left the game with a hyperextended elbow and did not return. LaRon Landry missed his second game in a row with a groin injury. The Redskins, who are 1-8 since starting the season 3-1, will head to New York to play their NFC rival New York Giants next week.
Listen here to what Mike Shanahan, Rex Grossman, Santana Moss, London Fletcher, Donte Stallworth, Roy Helu, Josh Wilson, Darrel Young, Jammal Brown, Logan Paulsen, Reed Doughty, Stephen Bowen, Will Montgomery & Willie Smith had to say after the loss.
Mike Shanahan Postgame Audio
Rex Grossman Postgame Audio
Santana Moss Postgame Audio
London Fletcher Postgame Audio
Donte Stallworth Postgame Audio
Roy Helu Postgame Audio
Josh Wilson Postgame Audio
Darrel Young Postgame Audio
Jammal Brown Postgame Audio
Logan Paulsen Postgame Audio
Reed Doughty Postgame Audio
Stephen Bowen Postgame Audio
Will Montgomery Postgame Audio
Willie Smith Postgame Audio