Shanahan: Going for 2 was on mind

December, 11, 2011
12/11/11
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LANDOVER, Md. -- Had the Redskins scored a touchdown on their final drive to close to 34-33, coach Mike Shanahan was considering going for the 2-point conversion to win the game.

"Oh yeah," Shanahan said. "You have to get a little lucky with the [overtime] coin flip. It all depends on our players. Those are the things that are going through your mind at that time. You have to feel good about your 2-point play. Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to see, either way."

The Redskins' drive ended with linebacker Jerod Mayo making a diving interception at the 5-yard line with 20 seconds remaining.

To Shanahan, the play highlighted a key in the game.

"What you have to do is score in the red zone. I thought the game would come down to the red zone," he said. "We had the opportunity to score touchdowns and [we kicked] field goals. You take that third-and-1 on the two-inch line and they did a good job of shifting, and we jumped. For them, it would have been a six-inch penalty and we just have to keep our composure down there and understand what a defense may do. That cost us four points right there.

"When you play a team that scores as many points as they do, when you do get down there, you want to score touchdowns to give yourselves a chance to win."

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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