The young guns came out to play this weekend as the Redskins snapped a four game losing streak, downing the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-17 in overtime. The victory marked the third win of the year in four overtime appearances for Washington and severely damaged the Jags' play-off hopes.
While Jacksonville had everything to play for, it was the Redskins who dictated play early. Carlos Rogers had an early interception and a Rex Grossman touchdown pass to Fred Davis put the 'Skins up 10-0 after one quarter of play. The Redskins pressured Jaguar QB David Garrard throughout the day, sacking him four times and ensuring he couldn't pick apart a secondary missing three safeties and also Rogers in the second half.
Garrard did throw for 299 yards, but his second interception couldn't have been more ill-timed. With Jacksonville deep in their own territory on their first overtime possession, Chris Wilson came through the middle untouched and forced Garrard to throw up a pass to Marcedes Lewis. One of the youngsters, Kevin Barnes made the most of Garrard's errant pass, intercepted it, and left the Redskins in perfect position to kick the game-winner.
While Barnes and Gano sealed the deal, they had help from some other unheralded players. Rob Jackson, Fred Davis, Ryan Torain, Adam Carriker, Jeremy Jarmon, and others chipped into what was a solid team effort from top to bottom. The offense never got fully untracked, but the defense held up throughout the contest; a huge morale booster given the issues Jim Haslett's unit has dealt with all season long.