- The Washington Times - Monday, January 2, 2006

QB WATCH

Tracking the performance of the Redskins quarterbacks:

Playing with a sprained ligament in his right knee, Mark Brunell never looked comfortable. But he still managed to scramble for a huge first down late in the game. And he lacked his typical accuracy. But he still completed a couple of big throws. In other words, he did what was needed.

YesterdayA-C-IPctYdsTDRtg

Brunell25-9-136.0141152.3

Ramsey0-0-00000.0

SeasonA-C-IPctYdsTDRtg

Brunell454-262-1057.73,0502385.9

Ramsey25-15-160.0279195.3

THE BUZZ

JOE GIBBS UP

Darned if he didn’t do it

LEMAR MARSHALL UP

Big pick in the opener, big pick in the closer

SANTANA MOSS UP

Big catch, and breaks a long-standing record

MARK BRUNELL UP

Inartistic, but a winner

PLAYER OF THE GAME

CLINTON PORTIS

Another big game, two more scores, and his go-ahead touchdown run was something special.

PRIME NUMBERS

3

Touchdown passes by Eagles quarterback Mike McMahon before yesterday.

2

Touchdown passes by McMahon in the first half yesterday.

TRACKING CLINTON

Charting the performance of running back Clinton Portis:

Even though he was dragged down and appeared to get hurt in the third quarter, Portis shook it off and came back to score what proved to be the winning touchdown.

AttYdsAvgLgTD

Yesterday271124.1222

Season3521,5164.34711

PLAY OF THE GAME

Quarter: Fourth

Score: Eagles 20, Redskins 17

Situation: Redskins’ ball, first-and-10 at the Eagles 22

What happened: After Lemar Marshall’s interception, quarterback Mark Brunell handed the ball to Clinton Portis, and Portis did the rest. He started right, bounced off a couple of would-be tacklers at the line of scrimmage, bounced outside, bounced outside again and scored. The Redskins took the lead and never trailed again.

UP NEXT

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

When: Saturday, 4:30 p.m.

Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

TV/radio: Chs. 7, 2, FM-106.7, AM-1200

Outlook: The Redskins (10-6) get a chance to avenge their most painful defeat of the season, a 36-35 overtime loss to the Bucs in Tampa on Nov.13 that started a three-game tailspin. Along with a loss against the Giants, it was the most points the Redskins allowed in a game this season, but the defense has tightened considerably and the Bucs’ offense, led by quarterback Chris Simms and rookie running back Cadillac Williams, seems no better than it was. The Redskins running game shredded the sturdy Bucs defense and has since improved, and quarterback Mark Brunell is more efficient. Despite clinching the NFC South, Tampa Bay (11-5) struggled with weak New Orleans yesterday. The Redskins, who have won five straight, are playing as well as anyone in the NFC.

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