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      VICTORY!!!
       
      Redskins 20 - 15 Cardinals
       
      Sorry folks, just made it. Plus, all of our photogs are injured.
       
      It must be the end of a bad season with no hope of playoffs.
       
      But I am here, JimmiJo, to bring you all the action.
       
      Here are my thoughts in a nutshell, bottom-line sort of way: win today or coaches could become at risk. 
       
      This is where you see who is who and who will be here next year.
       
      Follow along on Twitter @Skinscast.
       
      Inactives 
       
      The Redskins declared the following players as inactive:
      o   No. 19 WR Robert Davis
      o   No. 35 S Montae Nicholson
      o   No. 53 LB Zach Brown
      o   No. 67 G Kyle Kalis
      o   No. 71 T Trent Williams
      o   No. 73 C Demetrius Rhaney
      o   No. 97 DL Terrell McClain
       
      Half
       
      Prototypical game for Washington. Jump out to early start, then the offense starts to fade. The bad news with this is Arizona has stuck with the run game and it is starting to pay dividends for them. 
       
      Thanks to a fumble by Vernon Davis and a good defensive stand by the Redskins; the Cardinals were able to muster a field goal to pull within 5.

      Head coach Jay was visibly upset on that last drive and one wonders if he is not going to be lighting this team up in the locker room.
       
      The Redskins get the ball to start the half. 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      JimmiJo
       
      Make no mistake. A win is a win is a win.
       
      But let’s not kid ourselves; any competent quarterback for Arizona and this was likely a loss. Heck, if the tight end holds the ball at the 1-yard line at the end it is likely a loss.
       
      The Washington Redskins got one they had to have. It meant nothing in the overall; there are no postseason aspirations, and this game likely had no spoiler-implications.
       
      But for the Redskins it was about pride and identity. It was also about people’s jobs.
       
      If a football team cannot get up for a much-needed win against a bad team in front of their home crowd; the problems are about more than injuries and dumb-luck. Such a loss would have been an indictment of the coaching staff. Specifically the head coach.
       
      Attitude is a reflection of leadership, as the saying goes. And lately this team has not been showing up.
       
      That’s on the man in charge.
       
      A loss today and ownership could be starting to consider a change at skipper. At a minimum he is wondering who else is out there.
       
      The good news is the team responded and found a way to win. They had help.
       
      Blaine Gabbert finished the day 16-of-41 for 181 for quarterback rating of 52.9. Worse were those moments when he decided to have poor accuracy. His red zone effectiveness was atrocious.
       
      Then there were the dropped balls from the receivers. If the Cardinals tight end catches the ball at the 1-yard line we are having a different conversation.
       
      The Redskins on the other hand didn’t fare much better. They posted just 218 total net yards of offense, and a paltry 31-yards rushing.
       
      The offense benefitted from an opening drive sack-fumble by their defense. Two plays later, Kirk connected with Jamison Crowder for the easy touchdown.
       
      Two drives later the Redskins would again draw blood when Cousins hooked up with Kapri Bibbs fir a 36-yard touchdown.
      But after this the offense went flat. They managed only 15-total plays in the first half. And early in the 2nd half had only amassed 5-yards rushing.
       
      The turnover the start the second half deflated the team and stadium.  Washington would manage to add another two field goals, and it turned out to be  just enough to get the win.
       
      Cousins was by far the best player on offense finishing 18/26 for 196-yards, 2-touchdowns and a QB-rating of 149.07.
      Crowder led all receivers with 5-catches for 55-yards and a TD. Next came Bibbs, with 4-receptions for 47-yards and a touchdown.
       
      Defensively, Washington brought pressure that made a difference at times. Preston Smith had a banner-day; finishing the game with a sack, fumble recovery, and interception. Anthony Lanier had two batted balls and a forced fumble. Kendall Fuller led all tacklers with 6-solo and 2-assists.
       
      The Redskins did just enough to get a win at home. It means they can still to avoid a losing season which would paint a much different picture on the season.
       
      From here on out it’s about who wants to be here next year. Washington has one more home game against the Denver Broncos, who feature a touch defensive group. They will then travel to New York for the final game of the year.
       
      It’s all about character now.
       
       

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The Comeback (1993 Wild Card game) : Bills 41- Oilers 38

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Every year when wild card weekend arrives, I think back to the game I almost turned off.

Bills 41- Oilers 38

I haven't seen a comeback like it since and I guess it still is the largest deficit a team has come back from... in the playoffs at least.

Did anyone turn the game off when it was 35-3? Anyway I would love to have some drama like it today.

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Another good one was in early 2003. The Giants were whipping the 49ers at Candlestick 38-14 in the 3rd but the Niners came back to go ahead 39-38. Giants had a shot at a field goal at the end and I forget what happened (whether it was a bad snap or what) but they threw the ball downfield to a guy who got tackled by a 49er before the ball arrived but nothing was called.

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another good one was in early 2003. The giants were whipping the 49ers at candlestick 38-14 in the 3rd but the niners came back to go ahead 39-38. Giants had a shot at a field goal at the end and i forget what happened (whether it was a bad snap or what) but they threw the ball downfield to a guy who got tackled by a 49er before the ball arrived but nothing was called.

trey junkin!!!!!

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Every year when wild card weekend arrives, I think back to the game I almost turned off.....Did anyone turn the game off when it was 35-3? Anyway I would love to have some drama like it today.

I'm in the same boat. I thought it was over and decided to leave it on while I was doing something else. Glad I didn't leave the room, that game was one of the most miraculous sports moments I have ever seen. Such an amazing game. Thank you Frank Reich.

That and the 2004 Red Sox vs Yankees series, unbelievable.

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I did turn the game off. My brother and I went down to SLC instead. Went in to a sports apparel place that used to be common around here and they had the game on. We checked to see if Moon and the Oilers had put up 70 yet and then our jaws hit the ground when we saw that the Bills had come back. I think we walked in right around their second to last score. :doh:

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I was on I-40 going west listening to it on the radio.

One of the few positives I've gained from my many trips to hospital the past few months, is falling in love with listening to sports on the radio again. I'm weird in that I'd rather read a book than watch the movie, and although I like watching football on TV, I also love listening to it be called on the radio (and baseball as well). Takes me back to when I was a kid my dad would always have baseball/football games on the radio as we drove around. This does not include Sonny/Sam/Larry btw. :)

I actually turned the comeback game on when it was a blowout and watched the Bills work their way back. Also remember watching the Music City Miracle game as well. The 49er game was a botched snap that they holder tried to throw downfield to a player who was interfered with. Should have been offsetting penalties with giants getting another chance @ kick. Those kinds of finishes are fun, but only if your team isn't involved, or more specifically, on the bad receiving end.

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I was only 5 at the time of that game, so I don't remember a damn thing. I was probably watching the Power Rangers or something.

The only notable NFL comeback games that I remember, are the Niners in '02, and the Music City Miracle.

I remember falling asleep while the Packers were being beaten down in Glendale back in '09 by like 3 TD's, only to wake up to a tied game that ended up going back and forth, with Rodgers just missing Donald Driver on a deep ball in OT to complete the comeback. That was a fun game.

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