JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 26: Austen Lane #92 of the Jacksonville Jaguars attempts to tackle Rex Grossman #8 of the Washington Redskins during the game at EverBank Field on December 26, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Although the Jaguars have a playoff berth on the line, it is the team without post season hope that played with more passion in Jacksonville.
The Redskins rag-tag collection of free agent and practice squad fill-ins had an inspired game.
Kevin Barnes, the newly minted safety, picked a David Garrard pass in overtime to set up a Graham Gano for the win.
They rushed ten times in their 68-play scoring drive in the third quarter. Ryan Torain battered his way into the end zone for the score.
After playing a very down-tempo game, the Jags woke up long enough in the fourth quarter to even the score. Playing without the engine of Jacksonville's ground game, David Garrard used his legs to move Jacksonville down the field quickly. He ran 20 yards to even the score at the end of the fourth quarter.
Rex Grossman kept the Redskins offense on the move. Mixing up the run with the short passing game, the Skins scored twice in three trips to the red zone in the first half. Santana Moss has 2 catches for 51 yards, which put him over 1,000 yards of receiving for the season. That is the fourth time he has passed the mark in his ten NFL seasons.
Chris Cooley had a shaky first half. Trying to get the stand-out tight end involved early, Rex tossed to him four times in the first half, and Cooley dropped every pass. He had a very easy touchdown catch slip through his fingers. Fred Davis, the other tight end, was only too happy to score on the following play, off of an impressive throw from Rex rolling out left.
Washington might have had more first half points, but Grossman hung an ugly ball up in the end zone for Santana Moss that got picked by Derek Cox, who has three inches of height on the Redskin receiver.
More surprising than the Skin's offensive success has been the stout play of their patchwork defense. Without Maurice Jones-Drew to run the ball, the Jaguars have averaged less than three yards per rush. Garrard has been hurried and harried.
Jacksonville has been playing listless, and the Redskins, playing for pride and possible roster sports next year, have taken advantage in the first half.