Under normal circumstances, Kevin Barnes wouldn't have seen any significant time in Sunday afternoon's game. Nevertheless, the second-year cornerback, pressed into starting at safety due to an injury to Reed Doughty, showed admirable timing and quickness in intercepting David Garrard's overtime pass to set the Redskins up in perfect position for Graham Gano's eventual game-winning field goal. It's my turning point of the game.
The Situation: Jacksonville ball, 3rd-down-and-4 at own 17, 13:34 remaining in overtime period. Score: Washington 17, Jacksonville 17.
Via Mike Jones, here's Kevin Barnes describing the play in his own words:
“It was me man-to-man with the tight end and he’d run a lot of under routes all game but they didn’t really have time to get to him because our D-linemen were getting pressure. He ran the drag, tried to fight across my face, I gave him a little pull, and the quarterback threw it right to me. … I knew he was going to get the ball because he was fighting so hard across my face to get to the other sideline and I just under-cut it.”
The tight end was Marcedes Lewis, who lined up closest to the line as one of the three wide receivers split to the left in this formation. However, the result would not have been possible without the pressure of the Redskins front line.
Washington rushed six men, but the main pressure came from linebacker Chris Wilson, who beat both left guard Vince Manuwai and running back Rashad Jennings to hurry Garrard as he faded back to pass. The result, similar to Jay Cutler's lame duck of a throw that was picked off and returned for a touchdown by DeAngelo Hall in Chicago, was a wobbly throw that drifted right into the hands of Barnes.