Redskins use 'guts and power' to make playoffs

Joe Gibbs proved he still knows what he's doing as the Redskins clinched an improbable playoff spot with a victory over Philly.

Updated: January 2, 2006, 12:05 AM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Critics were wrong. The game hasn't passed Joe Gibbs by.

Gibbs made the Pro Football Hall of Fame because he's smart, organized and players love him. And with the game, season and playoffs all on the line against the Eagles on Sunday afternoon, Gibbs heeded the advice of a star player.

"Guts and power," Washington running back Clinton Portis shouted early in the fourth quarter. "You want to win the game, don't you?"

The question was a no-brainer. So was the play call. ...

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