Final

Redskins 17

(4-5, 1-4 away)

Broncos 10

(5-5, 4-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:15 PM ET, November 18, 2001

 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 0 3 0 1417
DEN 0 10 0 010

Graham fills in admirably for injured Banks

DENVER (AP) -- Nasty weather couldn't prevent Kent Graham from doing what he does best: torment the Denver Broncos.

Redskins QB Kent Graham hit Zeron Flemister for a 3-yard TD with 2:48 left for the victory.

Graham threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins beat Denver 17-10 Sunday, their fourth straight victory after opening the season with five losses.

Graham, who had two TD passes as the New York Giants upset the Broncos 20-16 to ruin Denver's bid for an undefeated season in the 14th game of the 1998 season, punished them again. He led the Redskins to all of their points, replacing Tony Banks after he suffered a concussion late in the first half.

"That was quite a game, too," Graham said of his previous exploits. "It was a whole different situation.

"I'm happy to be a part of this organization, to have great people around me. When you are thrown in in the heat of the moment, you go back to your natural way of playing.

What happened to the Broncos' offense today?
Denver is beat up on offense. Quarterback Brian Griese is beat up, No. 1 wide receiver Rod Smith is beat up, and without the injured Ed McCaffrey, the Broncos have no other go-to receiver. Running back Terrell Davis is also injured and out of action.

So you're seeing a shell of what was a potent Denver offense -- and the key guys who are left are playing at maybe 70 to 80 percent.

ESPN.com's Vinny Cerrato was director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.

"The Broncos were bringing a lot of people up to the line and were daring us to throw the ball outside. We did that. The coaches did a great job of adjusting."

Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer said he was "delighted with the play of Kent. An experienced guy like that gives you a sense of confidence. You know he's not going to come unglued."

Banks had to be carted off the field after being hit by defensive tackle Leon Lett while throwing a pass with 1:50 left in the half. Graham promptly completed 3-of-3 passes, setting up Brett Conway's 48-yard field goal.

Following a Denver fumble late in the third quarter, Graham capped a 50-yard drive with a 5-yard pass to Michael Westbrook for the tying touchdown with 14:18 remaining. Helped by a pass-interference penalty, the Redskins went 54 yards for the winning score, with Graham hitting tight end Zeron Flemister on a 3-yard pass with 2:48 left.

Light rain that turned to snow in the second half contributed to a host of misplays. Washington finished with six fumbles, three of which it lost, and seven dropped passes. Denver had six fumbles, two of which were lost, and five drops.

The Broncos (5-5), their receiver corps depleted by injuries, played most of the second half in their end of the field. Rod Smith, the NFL's leading receiver who was playing on a sprained right ankle, was held out for most of the second half.

"When Rod went out, we couldn't make a play," quarterback Brian Griese said.

Denver finished with only 10 first downs and 186 total yards -- both season lows.

"Offensively, that was the worst performance I've ever seen in all my time in the NFL," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said.

In the first half, a Washington fumble -- one of seven fumbles by both teams in the half -- set up the lone touchdown.

Denver's Tom Rouen fumbled the first punt of the game, getting off a deflected 23-yard punt to the Denver 40-yard line. But Banks botched a handoff on the next play, and Denver recovered.

Denver had a mere 36 total yards in the first quarter and Washington 33.

The Broncos crossed midfield for the first time early in the second quarter, and Griese's 24-yard scramble moved them to the Washington 23. Video review ruled that Tony Carter's apparent fumble actually was an incomplete pass, and Jason Elam kicked a 33-yard field goal.

In the second period, Eric Metcalf fumbled a punt, and Denver recovered at the Washington 13. Griese hit Smith on a 1-yard scoring pass for a 10-0 lead with 3:19 left in the half.

As the temperature dropped and the wind chill reached 21 degrees, the stands at Invesco Field emptied to start the second half, with no more than 20,000 soaked, chilled fans remaining.

Denver managed to move to near midfield late in the third quarter, but tight end Desmond Clark fumbled when hit by Robert Jones, and LaVar Arrington recovered at the 50.

The Redskins scored the tying touchdown six plays later. Graham completed back-to-back 15-yard passes to Westbrook, then hit Westbrook for the TD.

Graham's 16- and 14-yard passes to Westbrook helped set up the winning score. The drive was kept alive when pass interference was called against cornerback Denard Walker on an incomplete pass on third down. Video replay appeared to show the pass was both tipped and uncatchable, but referee Mike Carey said the replay was inconclusive.

On the next play, Graham fumbled the snap but picked it up and handed off to Stephen Davis, who ran for 13 yards to the Denver 28.

Game notes
Of the 64 plays in the second half, 54 were run in Denver territory -- all 28 by the Broncos and 26 of 36 by Washington. ... Washington WR Kevin Lockett left the game in the first quarter with a rib injury. ... Denver reported injuries to S George Coghill (concussion) and DE Bertrand Berry (shoulder).

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Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERWSHDEN
denTD3:53Touchdown
Drive info: 6 plays, 13 yds, 2:10
09
den3:53
Drive info: 6 plays, 13 yds, 2:10
010
wshFG1:02Brett Conway 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 42 yds, 2:07
310
FOURTH QUARTERWSHDEN
wshTD14:34Touchdown
Drive info: 6 plays, 50 yds, 12:19
910
wsh14:34
Drive info: 6 plays, 50 yds, 12:19
1010
wshTD2:53Touchdown
Drive info: 10 plays, 54 yds, 5:03
1610
SECOND QUARTERWSHDEN
denFG11:45Jason Elam 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 66 yds, 15:13
03
FOURTH QUARTERWSHDEN
wsh2:53
Drive info: 10 plays, 54 yds, 5:03
1710