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For as in-synch as the Redskins seemed on the first drive, they were out of whack after that.
They went three-and-out on their first two drives of the second half. Their third ended on Helu’s fumble. And their fourth was another three-and-out.

“They played us a little bit more man-to-man coverage,” Shanahan said. “We didn’t quite make the plays. They played a little bit more zone there in the first quarter. Collectively, it just takes one guy here and there. A combination of just losing your poise a little bit and not being able to finish. It’s hard to put it just on one person.”

Grossman completed three of his five first-quarter passes for 71 yards but got worse as the game progressed.
By halftime he was 9-of-20. He missed all four of his passes in the third quarter.

They were crucial misses, too, because the Redskins had a 13-10 lead at the break.

On the first two drives of the third quarter, Grossman threw incomplete on third-and-9 and third-and-13. Miscues early in those series set up Grossman to fail.

On the first drive, the team lost 4 yards on a second-down run after tight end Logan Paulsen missed a block. On the second drive, Paulsen gave up a sack on first down.

“We started kind of in the hole,” Paulsen lamented. “It kills you, kills your momentum.”

But the Redskins couldn’t even convert third-and-1 — a relatively high-percentage down-and-distance — in the third quarter.

Grossman faked a handoff to Helu and then looked for Paulsen releasing off a block.

But the defender stayed with Paulsen, and Grossman awkwardly threw back across the field toward Jabar Gaffney. Linebacker Bart Scott tipped the ball away.

By game’s end, the Redskins paid for all their failed execution. The Jets took a 20-16 lead with 4:49 remaining on a 30-yard touchdown from Mark Sanchez to Santonio Holmes. They broke it open soon after that by recovering Grossman’s fumble on a sack.

“They did a good job of mixing up all their stuff,” Grossman said. “They never give you the same look twice. They never played the same type of scheme twice in a row. They do a lot of unique blitzes, and you can’t get a beat on them. They’re a pretty damn good football team.”

Which, as we already knew, the Redskins are not.