Campbell's Little Play Proves to be Huge

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With the score tied at 17, the Washington Redskins appeared to have been robbed of a touchdown when a highly questionable holding call negated a Clinton Portis touchdown run. Casey Rabach didn't stay close enough to Jay Ratliff to hold him but #61 drew the flag anyway. After an incompletion it was second and goal at the 16.

The play call was a little delay up the middle with Jason Campbell handing off to Ladell Betts. The two didn't quite connect and the ball squirted out of Betts' arm. Then Campbell made the biggest little play of the game when he alertly snagged the ball out of the air, tucked it in, and ran for six yards to the 10.

Although the Redskins had another touchdown nullified on the next play, Shaun Suisham kicked a field goal to give the Redskins a 20-17 lead, a lead that they would not relinquish.

If Campbell doesn't pluck that ball out of the air it hits the ground and nobody is around except for white-shirted defenders. The Redskins probably don't get those three points in a game they won by two points. Of course, we don't know how the dynamic of the game would have played out had Dallas recovered a fumble to keep the game knotted up at that point. But none of the scenarios I can think of would have been very good for the Redskins.

Campbell is receiving a lot of praise for his poise in the pocket today, for checking down and finding his second and third options on pass plays. Zorn loved how he didn't take chances with the ball and thus went his fourth straight game without an interception. Here he's getting kudos for all of that and for making one, little heads up play that averted a potential disaster.

Rich Tandler blogs about the Skins at RealRedskins.com and he is the author of the upcoming book The Redskins Chronicle. You can reach Rich by email at rich.tandler+real@gmail.com

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