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(Sunday, September 26th)
Final Score: St. Louis 30, Washington 16
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Sam Bradford tossed a touchdown and picked up his first career win in the St. Louis Rams' 30-16 victory over the Washington Redskins in a Week 3 matchup.
Bradford, the top overall pick in this year's draft, went 23-for-37 with 235 yards and an interception for the Rams (1-2), who snapped a 10-game losing streak dating back to Week 8 of last season. The win also snapped a 14-game home losing streak.
"The past two weeks we've been close but we haven't been able to put them away," said Bradford. "To be able to win the way we did tonight is great. We've put in a lot of long work here and it's very satisfying."
Steven Jackson had a 42-yard touchdown run, but left the game in the second quarter with a groin injury. Josh Brown connected on three field goals in the final quarter as the Rams snapped a 13-game home losing streak.
"It was a very gratifying win," said St. Louis head coach Steve Spagnuolo. "I told the team any win in the NFL is good, but when you can rise above adverse situations it makes it even sweeter. We're battling through a lot of injuries right now, but the guys came up big."
Donovan McNabb went 19-for-32 with 236 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the Redskins (1-2), who have dropped their past two after opening the season with a win over Dallas. Santana Moss had six catches for 124 yards and a score, but also lost a fumble.
Trailing by a point to start the second half, Washington began the frame with the ball and got a 56-yard catch from Moss to start the drive. It stalled at the three-yard line and Graham Gano's 21-yard field goal gave the team a 16-14 lead a bit less than 2 1/2 minutes in.
The Rams, though, responded with a 5 1/2 minute march that went 12 plays and covered 74 yards, with Kenneth Darby's 12-yard run up the middle into the end zone giving St. Louis a 21-16 lead with 7:15 left in the third.
With a drive that spanned the third and fourth quarters, the Rams tacked on three points to their lead as Brown's 37-yard field goal gave the team a 24-16 cushion with 11 1/2 minutes to play in the final quarter.
Washington was held to a three-and-out on its next touch and St. Louis took over at its own 48. The team covered 41 yards over the nine plays to eat up 4 1/2 minutes of clock time and a 29-yard field goal from Brown made it a 27-16 game with 4:22 to play.
McNabb was picked off by Bradley Fletcher on the third play of Washington's next drive and the Rams got a 36-yard field goal from Brown with 1:44 to play to seal the win.
St. Louis started the game with the ball and put it into the end zone just 3:29 in as Jackson took a handoff to the right, cut through the middle and raced into the end zone from the left side on a 42-yard score.
Moss fumbled a reception on Washington's ensuing touch and James Butler returned it 49 yards to the Washington three-yard line. Two plays later, Bradford found Daniel Fells in the right corner of the end zone for a 14-0 lead with 8:48 left in the first.
Gano's 29-yard field goal early in the second quarter got Washington on the board to make it a 14-3 game.
The ensuing kickoff was fumbled, giving Washington the ball at the St. Louis 21. On the next play, McNabb rolled to the right and threw back to his left for Moss, who was wide open in the end zone to make it a 14-10 game moments after the field goal.
After forcing St. Louis to punt, Washington went 56 yards in eight plays and got a 24-yard field goal from Gano to make it a one-point game with 7 1/2 minutes left in the half.
The Rams marched down the field on their next possession and got into scoring range, but Brown's 21-yard field goal attempt was blocked and it was a one- point game at the break.
Darby finished the game with 49 yards on 14 carries...Mark Clayton had five catches for 85 yards for St. Louis...Washington had won four of the previous six meetings coming into the game and still leads the series, 23-11-1...The Redskins play against the Eagles next Sunday in McNabb's return to Philadelphia...St. Louis hosts Seattle next Sunday.
09/26 22:31:32 ET