- Trent Williams, Fred Davis and the Redskins snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 6-9. (Photo: Associated Press)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Update 4:23 p.m. -- Graham Gano drilled a 31-yard field goal to lift the Washington Redskins over the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-17 in overtime.
The play was set up by an interception by Kevin Barnes deep in Jacksonville touchdown, and with the victory, Washington snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 6-9 on the season.
Much more coming later, but here's a look back at the five areas highlighted pregame in our Five things to Watch.
1.) Grossman's play -- Grossman wasn't nearly as sharp as he was last week in the second half against the Cowboys. He was 19-for-39 for only 182 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the end zone. Grossman was under pressure many times, and had a chance to direct a game-winning drive, but didn’t receive the protection that he needed from his line and got sacked on third-and-10 with 40 seconds left.
2.) Defensive replacements -- Kevin Barnes came up huge with an interception in overtime to set Washington up with the ball on the Jacksonville 14 yard line. That made up for some struggles he had in coverage as a safety. Rob Jackson had a strong game in place of Brian Orakpo at the right outside linebacker position and in addition to notching frequent pressures, he also had a sack and forced fumble.
3.) Special teams -- Sam Paulescu struggled with his hang time, and that allowed the Jaguars to get some nice returns. Brandon Banks was held in check much of the game, but Graham Gano drilled a 31-yard field goal to win the game.
4.) Ryan Torain -- The back had 20 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown. When the Redskins turned to him in the second half to ignite a struggling offense, he delivered.
5.) Will power -- The Redskins definitely showed they had some. They certainly would’ve had an excuse to come out flat, being so shorthanded, and then having ended the game on a down note. Typical Redskins fashion would’ve been for them to fizzle. But they kept battling and snapped a four-game losing streak.
Update 4:15 p.m. -- The Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars are headed for overtime after Rex Grossman was unable to lead his team downfield and into field goal range. Washington had to punt on fourth-and-20 after Grossman was sacked for a 10-yard loss on third down.
The Jaguars ran two plays and time expired. Jacksonville has won the toss and will get the ball first.
Update 4 p.m. -- Tie game here at EverBank Field.
The Washington Redskins had the ball with a chance to run some time off the clock, but they instead went three-and-out. A very low, line-drive, 35-yard punt from Sam Paulescu was fielded by Mike Thomas, who ran it back 21 yards and gave his team a short field to work with.
Four plays later, David Garrard took the snap, dropped back, and then took off up the middle and ran 20 yards for the touchdown that has tied the score at 17-17 (after the successful PAT) with just more than two minutes left to play.
Can the Redskins respond? Or do we have overtime coming?
Update 3:40 p.m. -- The Washington Redskins offense has come to life and just scored on a 14-play, 68-yard drive that was capped by a one-yard Ryan Torain touchdown run to take a 17-10 lead.
On that Redskins drive, Kyle Shanahan committed to the run like he hasn't for some time. After calling seven runs in the first half, Shanahan dialed up 10 running plays on that last drive and the commitment to the rushing attack set Washington up for their most effective drive of the game, and one of their most effective of the season as well. After going 0-for-7 on third downs today, Washington converted three of four third downs for first downs.
The Redskins' drive lasted 7 minutes and 50 seconds, which was the second-longest drive (time-wise) that Washington has had all year. The 14 plays were the second-highest total for a Redskins' scoring drive as well.
Torain's touchdown run came on fourth-and-goal from the 1. Torain took the handoff and leaped over the line for his fourth rushing TD of the season and his sixth of the season.
Update 3:20 p.m. -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have finally managed to tie this game up on a 34-yard Josh Scobee field goal with 4:57 left in the third.
The play that set up the field goal was a 37-yard pass to Justin Hill. On that play, the Jaguars did what they were expected to do and that was go over the top to take advantage of Washington's inexperience at safety.
DeAngelo Hall got beat by Hill, but appeared to think he had help over the top. Kevin Barnes, however, was slow to recognize what was unfolding and wasn't there to provide bracket coverage. The positive for the Redskins was that the defense buckled down after that and forced the Jaguars to settle for a field goal.
Both teams have struggled on offense, and Washington's defense twice in this half has hit David Garrard hard and forced fumbles both times, but they haven't been able to come up with the ball.
The Redskins' struggles have been on third down where they opened the game by going 0-for-7 on third downs. On this current drive, however, they have converted two third downs and are moving into scoring position.