John Kasay kicked a 52-yard field goal with 7:31 left in
overtime, lifting the defending NFC champions to a 23-20 victory
Kasay's kick followed Carolina's fourth interception of the
game, the second against third-stringer Tim Hasselbeck. The first
one set up a 37-yard field goal by Kasay with 23 seconds left in
regulation, forcing overtime.
Gibbs coached the Redskins for 12 years through 1992, when they
played their home games at RFK Stadium in Washington. He signed on
for another stint in January, and although the Redskins now play at
FedEx Field, Gibbs spoke excitedly about coaching again in front of
the home fans in the days leading up to the game.
But walking the sideline at FedEx Field turned out to be an odd
"I think this first go-round was certainly different for me,"
Gibbs said. "I haven't been here coaching in this stadium. It was
a little bit strange."
Unfortunately, the stadium was half-empty because of wet
weather, and the Redskins provided little to cheer about until
Brunell's 61-yard touchdown pass to Darnerien McCants in the third
quarter tied the game at 10.
Brunell's numbers weren't spectacular: 6-for-15 for 119 yards
and an interception. But he led the Redskins to 10 points after
starter Patrick Ramsey (4-for-11, 62 yards, 1 INT) produced only
three first downs in five series.
"I don't know, so much is made of that right now," Brunell
said of the duel at quarterback. "That isn't a concern. The
coaches will make those decisions. We don't control that. The focus
right now is getting our offense on track."
Ramsey, who came in relief of Brunell in the Redskins' 20-17
victory over Denver on Monday, has yet to direct a scoring drive
during the preseason.
"It was rough tonight," Ramsey said. "I played about as badly
as I can remember playing in a long time. I've got to improve."
Playing for the first time since the Super Bowl, the Panthers
used their starters for only the first quarter. Third-string
quarterback Chris Weinke threw two third-quarter touchdown passes
to second-round draft pick Keary Colbert, covering 42 and 68 yards.
"This is something I've been wanting to do for a long period of
time," Colbert said. "But my work is not complete. It's one game,
one day. There's a lot of work for me to do."
That's pretty much how coach John Fox assessed the Panthers'
"It wasn't up to par, but that's why they call it preseason,"
Backup Rodney Peete was intercepted by Todd Franz midway through
the second quarter, and Brunell entered for the first time. He
promptly completed a 24-yard pass to rookie Chris Cooley, setting
up a field goal by John Hall.
The Redskins stumbled from the outset, when James Thrash and
Gari Scott bumped shoulder pads while settling under the opening
kickoff. On first down, Ramsey fumbled the snap, and Portis was
stopped for no gain. Ramsey then threw a pass that should have been
intercepted, but Carolina safety Colin Branch dropped the wet
Minutes later, a Carolina punt hit flat-footed back judge Steve
Freeman at the 1 and was downed at the 2, putting Ramsey in a deep
hole for his second series.
On second down Ramsey again fumbled the snap, and Redskins left
tackle Chris Samuels grabbed the ball at the 1. But a 19-yard punt
return by Steve Smith gave Carolina possession at the Washington
31, and Kasay kicked a field goal after the Panthers were stuffed
on three runs from inside the 5.
Redskins running back Clinton Portis left early in the second
quarter after gaining 15 yards on five carries. In two games, he's
rushed for 26 yards on nine attempts.
It was Carolina's first-ever win in Washington. ...
Injuries for Washington: CB Rufus Brown (bruised right thigh); OL
Mark Wilson (broken nose); TE Fred Baxter (right knee). ...
Injuries for Carolina included LB Jessie Armstead (shoulder
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