Young earns Redskins victory
Washington Redskins outlasted San Diego Chargers in overtime for a 30-24 success at FedEx Field.
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The Chargers had to settle for a game-tying field goal after failing to get the ball into the end zone from first-and-one at the Washington one-yard line right at the end of regulation.
And they paid for it in overtime when Robert Griffin III marched the Redskins on a 10-play, 63-yard drive culminating in a four-yard touchdown run from full-back Darrel Young.
Washington blew a 10-point lead in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, but a goal-line stand at the 1-yard line helped send the game to overtime.
Griffin III completed 23 of 32 passes for 291 yards with one interception and ran six times for 17 yards, including a 10-yard ramble that ended when he was flung to the turf by Thomas Keiser near the sideline.
Alfred Morris rushed 25 times for 121 yards and a score, Pierre Garcon had seven receptions for 172 yards, and the defense intercepted Philip Rivers twice as the Redskins (3-5), despite their record, remained competitive in the weak NFC East.
The Chargers (4-4) had a chance to win in the final seconds of regulation, but they couldn't get 1 final yard.
Rivers' completion to Danny Woodhead with 21 seconds remaining was initially ruled a go-ahead touchdown, but replay review showed that the running back didn't touch the pylon with the ball.
Then, with the ball placed at the 6-inch line, the Chargers failed to score with one run and two pass plays. They settled for a 19-yard field goal by Nick Novak with three seconds to play.
The Redskins drove 78 yards on the game-winning drive in overtime, with rookie tight end Jordan Reed keeping the drive alive by muscling his way for a first down on a third-and-8 catch.
A marginal personal foul call on linebacker Andrew Gachkar for a hit on Garcon moved the ball to the 13, eventually setting up Young's TD.
The Redskins took a 24-14 lead on a field goal with 6:59 remaining in regulation, but the Chargers pulled within three on rookie Keenan Allen's 16-yard touchdown catch with 4:10 to play.
Rivers was 29 for 46 for 341 yards with two touchdowns. His 15-yard screen pass to Eddie Royal gave the Chargers a 14-7 lead in the final minute of the first half, but the Chargers went punt-punt-interception to start the second half.