Redskins 17

(7-6, 3-4 away)

Cardinals 13

(4-9, 2-5 home)

4:05 PM ET, December 11, 2005


1 2 3 4 T
WSH 0 3 14 017
ARI 0 10 3 013

Top Performers

Passing: K. Warner (ARI) - 255 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Portis (WSH) - 26 CAR, 105 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Boldin (ARI) - 9 REC, 114 YDS

Portis helps Redskins squeak past Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Clinton Portis rescued the Washington Redskins once again.

It was over when ...
The Cardinals turned the ball over on downs with two minutes to go in the game, trailing by four. It ended when J.J. Arrington could not pick up 2 yards on a fourth-and-2 from the Washington 29.
Game ball goes to ...
Clinton Portis. In a sloppy game in which Mark Brunell threw three interceptions, Portis provided some offensive stability, rushing 26 times for 105 yards and a touchdown.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen Portis has done a tremendous job of leading this team on and off the field. He's performing extremely well on the field and keeps things light in the locker room with the show he puts on for the media on Thursdays. He's bringing his ability to lead from Denver, where he saw firsthand how to lead a team to the playoffs.
-- Eric Allen

Portis ran for 39 of his 105 yards and a touchdown in seven carries during Washington's first drive of the third quarter, helping the Redskins rally to beat the Arizona Cardinals 17-13 and keep their slim playoff hopes alive Sunday.

"We got our backs against the wall in the first half committing all those turnovers," said Portis, who had his sixth 100-yard game this season and second straight. "Once we got down to it, we knew what our bread and butter was."

He ran 15 yards to tie the game at 10, sweeping right and tiptoeing along the sideline for a dive over the pylon. Antonio Brown gave the Redskins the lead for good, 17-13, with a 91-yard kickoff return later in the third period.

Brown started up the middle and veered left to outrun the pursuit, including kicker Nick Novak, who was signed on Dec. 2 when speedier Neil Rackers tore a calf muscle. Rackers has made a specialty of big hits against returners.

With Rackers only partially healed, the NFL touchbacks leader was taken off kickoff duty this game.

"It was a big boost for us," Mark Brunell said. "It came at the right time. Great special teams play. They've been doing that all year. We were kind of down at that point, and so it was a lot of fun."

The Redskins (7-6) needed both shots in the arm after Brunell's horrendous first half. Coming in with five interceptions and a strong passer rating, Brunell had three picked off in the first 30 minutes, going 10-for-18 for 59 yards. He finished 18-of-28 for 122 yards.

Kurt Warner passed for 255 yards and a touchdown to LeRon McCoy, but the Cardinals (4-9), who lost three fumbles, were unable to win two straight for the first time all season.

Arizona got its other points from Rackers' field goals of 44 and 20 yards.

"We have to become balanced to be a good football team," Warner said about Arizona's 240-62 disparity in passing-rushing yardage.

Late in the game, the Cardinals stopped Portis for minus-1 yard on two carries, Brunell threw incomplete and Arizona got the ball back on its 41 with 4:13 left. The Cardinals got one first down when Carlos Rogers interfered with Larry Fitzgerald, setting them up on the Washington 37.

But Washington's defense swarmed Fitzgerald, Ade Jimoh throwing him for a 1-yard loss when he caught a short pass. The 'Skins buried J.J. Arrington on fourth-and-2, with Sean Taylor making the first hit.

"We had a little alert," the free safety said. "Pierson [Prioleau] looked back to me like, 'Cut close, cut close,' so I kind of had a little jump on it, and everybody just stayed inside their blocks and left me with a one-on-one tackle."

The game turned chippy in the first half when Rackers scuffled with Washington linebacker Khary Campbell, and kicker John Hall elbowed Cardinals defensive end R-Kal Truluck, forcing Truluck to sit out the second half with a bruised jaw.

"I'm not sure what that's all about. I was on the sidelines," Hall said, adding that Rackers should be getting the questions. "He took his helmet off. I wasn't like that."

Warner was sacked and fumbled on the first play of the game, but Arrington scooped up the ball and picked up yardage. Taylor picked off Warner's third pass, but Antrel Rolle answered when he intercepted Brunell's pass and returned it 29 yards while reversing direction three times.

That was in the first 7:05.

Each team gave up the ball on its next possession, Arizona when Prioleau sacked Warner and recovered his fumble and the Redskins on an interception by David Macklin.

But when Arrington fumbled on Arizona's second play and Marcus Washington recovered at the Cardinals' 23, Washington capitalized with a 41-yard field goal by Hall.

A 31-yard kickoff return by Reggie Swinton set up Arizona for a 65-yard drive capped by Warner's 2-yard scoring pass to McCoy. Arizona went up 10-3 on Rackers' field goal following Adrian Wilson's interception and 35-yard return.

"It was a hard-hitting game," Arizona coach Dennis Green said. "I think we laid it on them a few times and they gave it up, and we gave it up a few times."Game Notes
Arizona's Anquan Boldin had nine catches for 114 yards in his third straight 100-yard game -- first such string since David Boston in 2001 -- and has 1,106 this season. Fitzgerald has 1,151. The other time the Cardinals had two 1,000-yard receivers was 1997 (Rob Moore and Frank Sanders). ... Portis has 1,184 yards rushing. ... The Cardinals have made 36 field goals, three shy of the NFL record shared by Miami (1999) and St. Louis (2003).

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1617
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6261
Total Yards231302
Yards per play3.75.0
Total Drives1312
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-30-2
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10

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Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

wshFG15:00John Hall 33 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 0 yds, 14:05
ariTD8:28LeRon McCoy, 2 yd pass from Kurt Warner (Neil Rackers kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 65 yds, 6:16
ariFG1:11Neil Rackers 36 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 21 yds, 0:38
wshTD7:30Clinton Portis, 15 yd run (John Hall kick is good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 80 yds, 7:30
ariFG3:44Neil Rackers 12 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 81 yds, 11:16
wshTD3:40Antonio Brown, 91 yd kickoff return (John Hall kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 91 yds, 0:00