Nov 22, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT
Going backwards after first and goal at the ten. False start on Brown, hold on Samuels, two incompletes, false start on Samuels. Third and goal at the 30 and Gardner drops the ball. 48-yard FG missed.
Then the Skins lose a challenge on the spot of the ball after Pinkston stepped out of bounds before getting a first down. No real explanation from the zebras, but it certainly looked like he stepped out a good yard before the first down marker.
Then the Eagles convert a third and nine on a pass interference by Smoot. Mitchell may or may not have made the catch, and it was a clearly a good call, but it just goes to show you it’s their year.
They got away with a pick on a short TD pass to Westbrook. Owens lined up in the backfield and shielded defenders from the running back. It’s illegal, but it’s rarely going to get called, especially when, sorry to keep on saying it, it’s your year.
It’s really bad when your offense looks to be greatly improved, but it’s still anemic and there are only six points on the board. They just can’t finish off drives. The passing game is pathetically timid, dinks and dunks.
They can’t even get three inches on a quarterback sneak. They lose a foot and, thus, their last chance to pull out a miracle win. A few plays later, Philly scores again.
It seems like a long time ago, but the Redskins had first and goal at the ten on the first play of the fourth quarter with a chance to tie the game with a TD and two-point conversion. That series will go down with the penalty on the Portis TD against the Packers as the microcosm of what went wrong with the 2004 Redskins.
There are some who will look at this as a close loss, a good effort. I think it was a horrible effort, and I’m not one of those “if you didn’t win, nothing counts” guys either. The Redskins had the Eagles on the ropes and let them get away. And, yes, Philly did its part to punch its way our, but it’s as though the Redskins decided to fight with one hand, keeping the other clutched closely to the vest. You just can’t win as a big underdog on the road if you play like that.
And, oh, by the way, you can’t commit 7 penalties for 71 yards in the second half of a close game and expect things to go your way either.
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