Redskins Revived: Redskins 29, Saints 24

(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Jason Campbell shook off the boos. His teammates shook off another sluggish start. And the Redskins won a game that didn't look winnable.

Washington rallied from two nine-point deficits in the third quarter for a 29-24 win over visiting New Orleans.

Campbell connected with receiver Santana Moss for a 67-yard touchdown reception with 3:29 remaining in the game for the winning points.

Campbell completed 24 of 36 passes for 321 yards and delivered several key strikes, including a slant on third and 2 to Moss that clinched the win. He also had a 23-yard pass on second and 22 from inside his own 10 to Chris Cooley.

"That was the biggest play of the game," Campbell said.

That drive was capped by an 8-yard Clinton Portis run to make it 24-22 in the third quarter. Earlier in the quarter the Redskins trailed 17-9 after Robert Meacham caught the first pass of his career – a 19-yard touchdown pass.

Portis cut into the lead with a 9-yard run, but a failed two-point conversion left the Redskins down by two. Reggie Bush then returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter.

The return was a direct result of not having key special teams players such as Reed Doughty (illness) and Khary Campbell (thigh) available. Also, punter Durant Brooks delivered a line-drive punt that did not help his coverage.

The Redskins (1-1) took a 6-0 lead in the first half with two Shaun Suisham field goals, from 22 and 36 yards.

But Antwaan Randle El fumbled away a punt and the Saints capitalized with a one-yard run by Pierre Thomas. Washington responded with a 35-yard Suisham field goal with 1:04 left in the half. But New Orleans took a 10-9 halftime lead on a Martin Gramatica field goal at the gun.

Rookie safety Chris Horton started for Doughty, who was vomiting this morning. Horton showed that he deserved more playing time by intercepting two tipped passes and recovering a fumble.

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