Washington Redskins blow a 17 point lead

Can you believe that mess? I was enjoying this game and then what happened?  The Redskins defense collapsed.  The headline on the front page of today’s Washington Post sports section says it all.

The Redskins blew a 17 point lead and lost to the Houston Texas in overtime 30-27.  I was pissed after watching this game.  Despite Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb having a great day throwing over 400 yards, the Redskins defense let the Houston Texans quarterback enjoy a 400 yards plus game as well. 😦 😦 😦

Washington Redskins’ effort in overtime goes to waste as Houston Texans roar back for 30-27 victory

By Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 20, 2010

Immediately after Houston Texans place kicker Neil Rackers made a game-winning 35-yard field goal, many Redskins players struggled to accept the disappointing developments for them in a 30-27 overtime loss Sunday at FedEx Field.

So much had gone well for Washington throughout most of a game in which they collapsed late.

“Just to be at home, and having the crowd behind you and getting up like we did, you just didn’t expect this,” tight end Fred Davis said. “You feel like you got the win sealed, so it was exhausting. Just emotionally exhausting.”

Having squandered an opportunity to begin Coach Mike Shanahan’s time with the team 2-0 was the cruelest blow. “It hurts,” outside linebacker Brian Orakpo said. “It stings, man. We let this one go. We blew it. Could have easily been sitting here 2-0, very happy, regardless of what the score is. But right now, it hurts. We’re 1-1.”

Washington squandered a 17-point, third-quarter lead in losing to Houston (2-0), wasting a 426-yard passing performance from quarterback Donovan McNabb, who carried things offensively, with the team rushing for only 18 yards.

Houston Coach Gary Kubiak leaned on quarterback Matt Schaub (497 yards passing, three touchdowns) and wide receiver Andre Johnson (12 receptions, 158 yards, one touchdown) to beat Shanahan, his longtime friend, former coach, employer and mentor.

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