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The Redskins were stunning the unbeaten Saints 17-10. Brian Orakpo had just stopped Reggie Bush for no gain on third-and-1 when the home team was done in by mistakes by young backup defensive backs.

First, rookie cornerback Kevin Barnes was hit in the back by Thomas Morstead’s punt. Usama Young recovered for New Orleans at the Washington 41. Then on third-and-26, second-year safety Kareem Moore picked off Drew Brees’ bomb into triple coverage but had the ball taken out of his hands by Robert Meachem, who raced 44 yards for the tying touchdown.

— David Elfin

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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