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Redskins Steelers 4th Quarter

Nov 4, 2008, 12:53 AM EDT

15:00—Anthony Montgomery is out with a sprained ankle.

14:44—Nobody was within 20 yards of Moore as he caught a short pass from Leftwich. If they score a touchdown here, it’s over.

13:30—It’s a last gasp for the Redskins here. Third and eight at the 20. If the Skins can hold them to a field goal here, they would be alive, but just barely.

Holmes 5 pass from Leftwich (Reed kick)
Steelers 23, Redskins 6

The rout is on. Holmes made a nice dive over the goal line after catching the pass at the line of scrimmage. The first interception of the year leads to a touchdown, along with almost seven minutes coming off of the clock.

9:44—The Redskins get a cheap first down on a roughing the passer penalty on a fourth-down play. The drive stays alive but as sloppy as it’s been it’s only a matter of time. Moss has not bee in on this drive and you have to think that he has tweaked his hamstring. Hopefully it will rest over the bye week.

8:44—The Skins pick up their second third down conversion in 12 tries with a pass from Campbell to Cooley. The Redskins then immediately have to burn a timeout, perhaps stunned by the development. If they can score quickly—and that’s unlikely—they can get back into the verge of sort of being partway into the game.

7:19—Campbell gets credited with a TD but it looks like his knee was down when the ball was a good yard shy of the end zone. It’s probably going to be fourth and goal at the one.

7:19—That’s the call, a good reversal. Now the Skins have to score.

6:55—Campbell tries to go to Lorenzo Alexander, but the ball was knocked down. Steelers take over and the Redskins’ last chance fades away.

5:23—Moss is back in the game and looks spry, so he must be doing OK. Can’t say the same for the Redskins’ chances here.

3:40—Even a miracle chance gets swallowed up with a 14-yard sack on fourth down.

The Steelers were a bit more focused and, as covered in the second-quarter blog here, they made the plays when they have the opportunity. Even after the sequence of dropped INT by Rogers and blocked punt by the Steelers, they converted on third down and maximized their chances. Going back to the first quarter when the Skins had a shot at opening up a nice working margin they twice settled for three, it just wasn’t going to be their game.

Another pick by Campbell ends a shot at a cosmetic score with 20 seconds left. It would either have been his second INT or his eighth sack as a Steeler was bearing down on him hard.


  1. Boss Hpg - Nov 4, 2008 at 1:00 AM

    Ugh. I can boast that I saw this coming, but that in no way made the reality of tonight’s game easier to stomach. I still think this was just a bad matchup — tactically and psychologically — for the Skins, and I still know that bad losses happen even to 11-5 teams. But I’m still disappointed in our offense tonight. The Steelers D is good, I know, but the Eagles and Giants were still able to move the ball (sometimes). We looked utterly lost. Dallas is now a must win if we’re not going to have another Gibbs II style mid-season crater…

  2. Anonymous - Nov 4, 2008 at 1:23 AM

    We are tired. We will live as underdogs.

    Hopefully the bye will replenish all of our impact players for the rest of the season.

    In the same respect our coaching could use some reevaluation. Playcalling against great defenses looks stale and predictable.

  3. Joe in Raleigh - Nov 4, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    The fatigue showed up. They’ve been playing games since August 3 and they looked worn out.

    I thought the playcalling was vanilla at best. The Steelers defense was very aggressive at getting to the ball. A couple RB screens worked out ok this week. I would have liked to have seen an end around or reverse thrown in to keep the defense honest. The short passing game was mostly worthless.

    Strangest call had to be the TD to Lorenzo. With so many good pass-catchers and so few shots at the endzone, why throw it to the Tackle-Eligible. That was a head-scratcher. Archives

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