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(Sunday, December 26th)
Final Score: Washington 20, Jacksonville 17 (OT)
Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - Kevin Barnes' interception in overtime set up Graham Gano's 31-yard game-winning field goal, as the Washington Redskins hurt the Jacksonville Jaguars' playoff hopes with a 20-17 victory.
Rex Grossman completed 19-of-39 passes for 182 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Redskins (6-9), who snapped a four-game skid. Ryan Torain carried the ball 20 times for 65 yards and a score.
"We've had some adversity the last couple of weeks, but to come through and get a good team win like this feels good," Gano said. "We should have won more games than we have, but we're not going to stop working or give up."
David Garrard connected on 22-of-38 passes for 299 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions for the Jaguars (8-7), who fell a game behind the Colts for first in the AFC South. Indianapolis won at Oakland Sunday.
For the Jaguars to capture the division, they need to win at Houston next week and have Tennessee upset the Colts. Jacksonville had a chance to win the division last weekend, but lost to Indianapolis, 34-24.
Jacksonville was without starting running back Maurice Jones-Drew (knee), who saw his streak of 45 straight games played come to an end. Rashad Jennings started in the backfield and was limited to 32 yards on 15 carries. Mike Thomas hauled in six passes for 96 yards and a touchdown.
"The last couple of weeks we haven't been able to run the ball," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. "Offensively we've been very stagnant in the last couple of weeks. We couldn't get enough going out of our passing game to be very good offensively."
Trailing by seven, 17-10, Jacksonville took over at the Washington 42-yard line after a 21-yard punt return by Thomas with four minutes to play in the fourth. Jason Hill caught a 20-yard pass, and two plays later Garrard took things into his own hands with a 20-yard rushing TD to tie the contest with 2:44 remaining.
Washington got near midfield before punting the ball away, and Jacksonville failed to do anything in the final 21 seconds of regulation.
The Jaguars got the ball to start the overtime period. On the third play, Garrard received heavy pressure and was picked off by Barnes at the Jacksonville 22-yard line. Torain ran the ball twice before Gano won the game.
Brandon Banks' 32-yard kickoff return coupled with a 15-yard face mask penalty gave Washington great field position to start the game. The Redskins were forced to settle for a 48-yard field goal from Gano.
Jacksonville's first possession resulted in Carlos Rogers picking off Garrard. A 38-yard return set up Washington at the 18-yard line of the Jaguars. An illegal contact call on 3rd-and-goal gave the visitors a fresh set of downs. Fred Davis caught a one-yard TD pass to make it 10-0 with 9:07 left in the first quarter.
Following a pair of punts, the Jaguars drove the ball into Washington territory. Josh Scobee tried to put the home team on the board but missed a 44-yard field goal.
Jacksonville's first possession of the second stanza resulted in a touchdown. Thomas caught four passes for 65 yards during the 10-play drive, including a 19-yard touchdown grab to cut the gap to 10-7 with 8:18 left until half.
The Redskins had a chance to extend their lead late in the second, but Grossman was intercepted in the end zone by Derek Cox.
The Jaguars tied the game late in the third quarter. Faced with a 3rd-and-15, Hill caught a 37-yard pass along the right sideline. Jacksonville, though, had to settle for a Scobee 34-yarder to make it 10-10 with 4:57 remaining.
Washington responded with a 14-play drive that lasted almost eight minutes. The Redskins converted on three third downs prior to a 4th-and-goal situation from the one. Torain jumped into the end zone to give Washington a 17-10 edge with 12:07 to play in the game.
The Redskins lead the all-time series with the Jaguars, 4-1...Garrard carried the ball six times for 39 yards...Santana Moss hauled in five passes for 85 yards for the Redskins...Rogers left the game with strained calf...Jones-Drew had missed just one other game in his five-year career...Grossman started his second straight game in place of Donovan McNabb, who has been benched for the rest of the season. McNabb was inactive...The Redskins played in their third overtime game this season...The kickoff temperature was 38 degrees Fahrenheit, making it the coldest home game in Jaguars history.
12/26 19:13:55 ET
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