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Patrick Ramsey’s long completion to Santana Moss (Second
1-10-WAS28 (14:27) P.Ramsey pass to S.Moss pushed ob at CHI
20 for 52 yards (J.Azumah).
Ramsey is often accused of being unable to look off
a defender, but he did a great job of it this time, pumping to his right before
turning and firing to Moss, who was between the numbers and the hash mark on
the left side. Moss had a step on his defender and Ramsey hit him right in
stride just past the Washington 45. With safety Mike Green poised a few yards
away to make the tackle, Moss immediately changed direction, heading for the
right sideline. It appeared that he had a chance to take it the distance, but
Azumah was ahead of the play, got an angle and ran Moss out of bounds.
The play gained 52 yards. In 16
games in 2004, the Redskins longest pass play covered 51 yards.
Gibbs likes Moss’ playmaking ability Audio
The oass interference call on Chris Cooley that nullified
a touchdown (Second Quarter)
3-6-CHI6(11:14) P.Ramsey pass to C.Cooley for 6 yards,
TOUCHDOWN NULLIFIED by Penalty. PENALTY on WAS-C.Cooley, Offensive Pass
Interference, 10 yards, enforced at CHI 6 - No Play.
This call is hard to understand. Mike Brown and Cooley made
contact and Cooley spun away from him to make the catch. Brown did stumble
backwards when the two separated but that appeared to be more from the momentum
of the contact and not from a shove by Cooley. I didn’t think that a DB was
supposed to engage a receiver past five yards and this was at the goal line,
anyway. This cost the Redskins six points and their starting quarterback.
Gibbs didn’t think that that Cooley pushed
The hit on Ramsey that knocked him out of the game and
caused a fumble (Second Quarter)
3-16-CHI16(11:08) P.Ramsey sacked
at CHI 19 for -3 yards (L.Briggs). FUMBLES (L.Briggs), RECOVERED by
CHI-T.Harris at CHI 19. T.Harris to CHI 19 for no gain (C.Samuels).WAS-P.Ramsey
was injured during the play.
Briggs came in quickly from the
right of the offense. Jansen had to choose between blocking him and Ogunleye
and chose Briggs, but it was too late. He got a piece of Briggs as Ramsey went
back to pass but it barely slowed Briggs’ momentum. It was a classic
clothesline tackle, with the inside of Briggs’ elbow right on Ramsey’s Adam’s
"I don't recall hitting him in
the head,'' Briggs said. "I came across the body. It was clean, as far as
I could tell. He ducked to avoid it. I came in tight, and when he ducked, I
came up right under his chest.”
Well, no you didn’t, unless
Ramsey’s neck is under his chest. And he didn’t have a chance to duck. It may
not have been intentional but it sure should have drawn a flag. Briggs might
think it was “clean” but it will probably end up cleaning about 20 grand out of
“It was what we call one of our hot
protections, where Patrick has to get rid of the ball in a hurry,” said Joe
Bugel. “That was a flagrant hit. Any time you use your elbow, your arm or
forearm to hit someone in the neck that’s a flagrant foul, that should have
been 15 yards. Somebody’s going to take some heat for that.”
Ramsey would not return to the
game. "That was coach's call," Ramsey said. "I was obviously
dinged. I tried to come off the field and I was a little woozy."
Gibbs didn’t think much of the non-call by the officials Audio
Mark Brunell didn’t think it was a clean hit Audio
said Ramsey wanted to return Audio
The pass interference call that set up the Redskins’
first score (Second Quarter)
3-10-WAS35(8:43) (Shotgun) M.Brunell pass intended for
S.Moss INTERCEPTED by N.Vasher at CHI 27. N.Vasher to WAS 18 for 55 yards
PENALTY on CHI-M.Green, Defensive Pass Interference, 36 yards, enforced at
WAS 35 - No Play.
From the shotgun, Brunell rolled
right and launched one. It looked like he heaved it as far as he can and, if
that’s the case, his range is 49 yards as he launched it from the Washington 24
and Vasher caught it at the Bear 27. Mike Green was covering and Vasher was
providing deep help. Green almost took Moss’ jersey off as the ball was coming
down. It’s hard to say if Moss would have caught the ball if not for the grab
by Green, but he almost certainly would have prevented the interception.
Two Mark Brunell comments on the play Audio 1 Audio 2
Antonio Brown’s fumble of the second-half kickoff (Third
D.Brien kicks 66 yards from CHI 30
to WAS 4. A.Brown to WAS 20 for 16 yards (B.Ayanbadejo). FUMBLES
(B.Ayanbadejo), RECOVERED by CHI-J.Odom at WAS 23. J.Odom to WAS 23 for no gain
Brown was holding the ball like the
proverbial loaf of bread. He had it far from his body as he made a cut and he
was just starting to tuck it back in when Ayanbadejo knocked it away. The ball
went right to Odom, who tucked it away uncontested.
The Bears went on to score their
only points of the game, driving for a touchdown, disappointing Gregg Williams.
“We should have been able to shut them out after the turnover at the beginning
of the third quarter,” said Williams. “We didn’t play very well in the red zone
there. We had two third-down opportunities down there and we’re better than
that. We need to get them off the field after a red-zone turnover.”
Gibbs comments on change in kickoff returners
after Brown’s fumble Audio
The fourth-down conversion on a QB Sneak (Third Quarter)
4-1-CHI43(8:24) M.Brunell left guard to CHI 42 for 1 yard
(M.Haynes). QB sneak
This was not a very difficult
decision after Brunell’s first attempt to pick up a first down with a sneak on
third and about two came up just inches short. They were in Bear territory and,
although Chicago had just scored, there was good reason to have confidence in
the defense if the attempt failed.
There was no opening at all on the
sneak and Brunell had to sort of burrow behind Dockery and Samuels to gain
about six inches to keep the drive alive.
Lamar Marshall’s interception (Third quarter)
1-10-WAS22(:17) K.Orton pass intended for M.Muhammad
INTERCEPTED by L.Marshall (W.Holdman) at WAS -1. L.Marshall to WAS 6 for 7
Right after the Redskins got a
field goal to make it 9-7, Chicago was responding with a drive. The Bears had
just converted a third and six to get to the Washington 22 and they were well
within field goal range. Orton dropped back and had plenty of time and a huge
lane to throw through. He apparently didn’t see Warrick Holdman standing in the
middle of the field or he didn’t get enough air under the ball. In either case,
the ball deflected off of Holdman high into the air where Lamar Marshall was
waiting for it.
“My eyes got real big,” said
Marshall, making his first NFL start at middle linebacker. “I didn’t want
people to say, 'See the play Lemar could have made? That was a missed
It wasn’t as Marshall gathered the
ball in at the goal line. Unsure if he had caught the pass in the field of play
or in the end zone, he decided to try to run it out and got tackled at the
What was the middle linebacker doing back so
deep in coverage? I asked Marshall that: Audio
Clinton Portis’ 41-yard run (Third quarter)
1-10-WAS6(:06) C.Portis right
tackle to WAS 47 for 41 yards (To.Johnson).
Portis was the single back in a formation
that was double strong left as both Cooley and Royal were lined up tight on the
left. The Chicago linebackers cheated heavily that way, with the left outside
linebacker lining up almost directly in front of the ball. They had fallen into
Ogunleye made his outside pass rush
move, Thomas blocked the man in front of him and with the surge of the
offensive line the linebackers were trapped inside. He got a good block from
Moss about ten yards downfield and he was off to the races. It looked like he
had a shot at taking it the distance but Azumah and Todd Johnson were able to
catch him from behind and bring him down.
Although the Redskins were unable
to get a first down after this play, it was still a critical change in field
on the play Audio
The Bears march backwards (Fourth quarter)
1-10-WAS34(8:20) T.Jones up the middle to WAS 37 for -3
2-13-WAS37(7:38) PENALTY on CHI-F.Miller, False Start, 5
yards, enforced at WAS 37 - No Play.
2-18-WAS42(7:15) PENALTY on CHI-J.Tait, False Start, 5
yards, enforced at WAS 42 - No Play.
2-23-WAS47(6:56) PENALTY on CHI-R.Brown, False Start, 5
yards, enforced at WAS 47 - No Play.
2-28-CHI48(6:37) K.Orton sacked at CHI 38 for -10 yards
After playing somewhat soft as
Chicago drove to the Washington 34, the defensive turned the aggression up a
notch, collapsing the line to blow up a first-down run by Thomas Jones. On
second and 13, the Redskins were lined up to blitz both corners and tackle Fred Miller twitched early, getting called for the false start. The crowd had just
started to get into it at this point and the false start made them smell blood.
The buzz before the Bears got to the line was so loud that Orton even had
difficulty hearing the play call through his helmet earpiece.
Again the Redskins were showing
blitz but this time it was up the middle. The other tackle, John Tait, moved
this time. It got really loud as the lined up again and rather than just
getting the snap off, Orton tried to direct some traffic. It was too long for
right guard Ruben Brown, who jumped.
On second and 28, the Bears finally
got a snap off. They would have been better off with another false start. LaVar Arrington blitzed from the left side and although Orton was able to evade him,
Demetric Evans made the sack. From the doorstep of field goal range, the Bears
had to punt.
“We were probably within 10 yards
of field goal distance and we just came unglued,” said Orton, who completed 15
of 28 passes for 141 yards. “It got real loud and the defense started showing
us some different looks.”
Williams: “We were showing a lot of
pressure there. (Orton) was a little nervous with all of those corner blitzes
coming at him there. With the fans yelling and him trying to check, it threw
the timing of things off. The 12th, 13th, and 14th
man was the fans here at FedEx Field and they helped at a great time in the
Gibbs credits the fans for the sequence Audio
Lamar Marshall also said that the noise
Clinton Portis was into it Audio
Brunell pass to Moss to keep clock-killing drive alive
3-5-WAS28(4:21) (Shotgun) M.Brunell pass to S.Moss to WAS 43
for 15 yards (J.Azumah).
Moss lined up as a wing on the
right and went in motion and shifted to the slot on the left side. Azumah
followed him across the formation and took an outside position in covering
Moss. Brunell did a good job of handling a low shotgun snap and saw Moss break
free to the inside. He wasn’t quite ready to throw the ball, but he knew that
he didn’t have to get everything on it to get the completion for a first down.
The throw was accurate and Moss easily gathered it in a few yards past the
first down line and turned upfield for a few more yards. The Redskins burned
another three minutes off the clock before punting to the Bears.
Brunell talks about the play Audio
Cornelius Griffin’s triple play (Fourth quarter)
2-10-CHI20(1:39) K.Orton sacked at CHI 15 for -5 yards
(C.Griffin). FUMBLES (C.Griffin), RECOVERED by WAS-C.Griffin at CHI 15.
C.Griffin to CHI 15 for no gain (T.Metcalf).
Griffin looped around to the left
and, although guard Anthony Oakley stayed engaged with him, Griffin was clearly
in control of the matchup. As Orton started his throwing motion, Griffin
reached out and swatted the ball out of Orton’s hand. He dove for it and
gathered it in to seal the win.
G. Williams: “It was great to see
us end the game on a great defensive play. Marcus Washington collapsed the
pocket and here comes Cornelius Griffin, who we thought was very, very
underrated last year, he should have gone to the Pro Bowl, and he comes up with
a great sack, comes up with a great forced fumble and with a fumble recovery.
We end the game that way and it’s nice to see the defense get that done.”