The Washington Redskins are 1-0. Barely.
The Redskins survived the loss of right tackle Jon Jansen (dislocated ankle), two Jason Campbell interceptions and more inept pass defense to defeat the Miami Dolphins 16-13 today on a Shaun Suisham 39-yard field goal with 9:24 remaining in overtime.
In overtime, the Redskins won the toss and had the ball first. Clinton Portis had a 14-yard run and, three plays later, on third-and-7, Campbell threw 10 yards to Chris Cooley (his first catch). Four plays later, on third-and-4 from the 31, Portis rushed for 9 yards.
The Redskins scored first with a 13-play, 67-yard march that bridged the first and second quarters. The big plays were a 35-yard pass to Antwaan Randle El and a 16-yard shovel pass to Ladell Betts — both on third down. Suisham capped the drive with a 31-yard field goal 12 minutes, 14 seconds before halftime. But the drive was potentially costly. A play before the field goal, Jansen was injured when he fell backward while in pass protection.
Miami fumbled on the ensuing possession, but the Redskins couldn’t capitalize, with Jason Taylor sacking Campbell.
The dormant Dolphins offense had only 90 yards before their final drive of the first half.
But the Dolphins took a 7-3 lead thanks to an 11-play, 62-yard drive. Trent Green completed passes of 23 and 14 yards to Chris Chambers, who was regularly getting open against Fred Smoot. The Dolphins moved closer to the goal line when Green found Jesse Chatman for 8 yards on third-and-7 from the 10.
Chatman was stopped twice, setting up a third-and-goal from the 1. Bad clock management by Dolphins coach Cam Cameron seemingly left Miami only one choice with four seconds remaining — kick a field goal. But Cameron gambled by going for the touchdown and rolled it again by putting Green on the move. Green found David Martin for the go-ahead score.
The Redskins retook the lead on their first drive of the third quarter. On a second-and-20, Campbell threw 49 yards to Randle El and two plays later, Portis scored on a 19-yard run around the left side for a 10-7 lead.
Miami tied the game late in the third quarter with a 20-yard Jay Feely field goal, capping a 9-play, 38-yard drive.
The Redskins were in Miami territory to start the fourth quarter but Campbell threw his second interception of the game.
On the Redskins’ next possession, they took a 13-10 lead with 5:30 remaining on Suisham’s 44-yard field goal. Campbell’s only pass during the nine-play, 39-yard drive was a 6-yard third-down conversion to Randle El. Portis gained 16 yards on three carries and Ladell Betts gained 11 yards on a second-and-1 carry.
The Dolphins tied the game with 1:55 remaining in regulation on a 36-yard Jay Feely field goal. But it could have been much more. Miami had a first-and-goal from the Redskins 8 following a 20-yard pass interference by Carlos Rogers, but a 10-yard holding penalty and a 10-yard intentional grounding penalty forced Miami to kick a field goal.
Regulation ended in wacky fashion. Campbell’s Hail Mary pass was batted out of the air by Jason Taylor at the goal-line … and right into the arms of Randle El, who was stopped at the 2-yard line.