Sports - Patriots Down Redskins 34-27 at FedEx Field
A nail-biter of a game between the Washington Redskins and the New England Patriots has ended in another loss for our beloved Redskins. The Redskins drove the ball down the field and had it inside the Patriots' 15-yard line with two minutes left, but after a touchdown was called back, Rex Grossmans pass went off Santana Moss' hands and was intercepted by Jerod Mayo with 22 seconds left. The play was upheld on review, and the Patriots were able to seal a 34-27 victory to move to 10-3 on the year. Washington falls to 4-9.
The Redskins appeared ready to score when, on second down and goal, Moss caught a pass on a rollout for a five-yard touchdown. However, Moss was called for an offensive pass interference, bringing the ball all the way back to the Patriots' 15-yard line. Grossman found David Anderson for a six-yard gain to set up third and goal from the nine, but his next pass was intercepted.
Tom Brady threw for 357 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for the win, while Grossman had 252 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Rookie sensation Roy Helu racked up 26 yards on the ground for Washington. Rod Gronkowski had 160 yards and two touchdowns receiving for the Patriots.
The highlight of the game was the half-time tribune to Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn and all of his fallen shipmates killed in combat in Afghanistan. His lovely wife and former Washington Redskin cheerleader Kim Vaughn, was saluted by the 65,000 screaming fans chanting, USA, USA, USA! It was truly a magical moment!
- The Redskins were the only current NFL franchise New England had never beaten on the road.
- Roy Helu (126) became the first Washington rookie to run for 100 yards in three straight games.
- Patriots WR Wes Welker became one of three players in NFL history with four 100-catch seasons, joining Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison.
- Redskins FB Mike Sellers hyperextended his right elbow.
- The end zones were marked "Army" and "Navy," leftovers from the game the stadium hosted a day earlier.
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