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Armstrong had a step on cornerback A.J. Jefferson over the middle but didn’t separate entirely. Grossman’s throw grazed Armstrong’s fingertips, and Marshall caught it.

“It was a perfect read,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “I thought [Jefferson] did a good job of kind of tugging him a little bit. He should have been wide open, but we won’t get into that.”

So Grossman had a clear conscience. His first interception was receiver error. His second should have been flagged for holding. And he had time to make up for them.

He was at his best after Larry Fitzgerald’s 73-yard touchdown put the Redskins behind 21-13 with 10:52 left.

He completed 5-of-9 passes on the first drive and capped it with a fourth-down touchdown to Moss. The design of the play forced the defensive back on the right side to choose between a receiver running a shorter route and Moss running to the back right corner of the end zone. Grossman saw a potential touchdown before the snap.

“I watched the corner, and the play was designed to go to the flat,” he said. “He kind of settled his feet, and I’d rather have a touchdown.”

It was a gamble, though, going for the score instead of only the first down.

“If I’d have missed, it would have been — interesting,” Grossman said with a smile.

After the Cardinals went three and out, Grossman was even sharper. He completed his first four attempts to move the Redskins into field goal range.

Graham Gano’s 34-yard field goal and Westbrook’s forced fumble gave him that measure of redemption that has eluded him so many times before. And for the second straight week, the Redskins celebrated that Rex Grossman is their starting quarterback.

Said Shanahan: “He showed the poise after having a couple of interceptions early — regardless of how they occurred — to come back and fight and find a way to win.”