Chargers 24

(4-4, 2-3 away)

Redskins 30

(3-5, 2-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 3, 2013

FedEx Field, Landover, MD 

1 2 3 4 OT T
SD 0 14 0 10 024
WSH 0 7 7 10 630

Top Performers

Passing: P. Rivers (SD) - 341 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: A. Morris (WSH) - 25 CAR, 121 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: P. Garcon (WSH) - 7 REC, 172 YDS

Darrel Young has three touchdowns as Redskins slip Chargers in OT

Associated Press

LANDOVER, Md. -- Ball in hand, Danny Woodhead reached for the pylon. The official's hands went up.

Touchdown -- and certain victory -- for the San Diego Chargers. Defeat for the Washington Redskins, and a place in the basement of the NFC East.

Not quite.

Referee Jerome Boger looked at the replay and decided the ball didn't touch the bright orange marker. The ball was placed inside the 1-yard line. First-and-goal. Twenty-one seconds remaining.

The Redskins held. One run and two passes failed to move the ball. The Chargers opted to kick a short field goal to send the game into overtime, and Washington won it, 30-24, on fullback Darrel Young's 4-yard run on the opening drive of the extra period.

"First-and-1 on the goal line? Most cases that's a touchdown," Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo said. "Our defense, everybody looked in each other's eyes. I could remember: 'Do not cross this line, this goal line.' On the field, London Fletcher and everybody reiterating it to each other, like: 'They do not cross this line right here.' "

The replay reversal and the goal-line stand made the difference, at least for a few more days, between relevance and season-out-to-pasture for the Redskins (3-5), who, despite their record, remain only 1½ games off the pace in the weak NFC East ahead of a trip to Minnesota (1-7) on Thursday.

Young was the unlikely man of the hour. He had carried the ball only twice all season and had scored only three touchdowns in his three-plus years in the NFL.

On Sunday, he was the goal-line bruiser, scoring on a pair of 1-yard runs in regulation before storming his way into the end zone 6:01 into the extra period.

"They'll definitely be more aware of DY -- the 'three-touchdown fullback,' " quarterback Robert Griffin III said with a smile.

Griffin completed 23 of 32 passes for 291 yards with one interception and ran six times for 17 yards. He has been far from consistent in his second NFL season, but he looked more like an RG III-style showcase player Sunday.

He overcame an early interception in his own end zone and lived dangerously throughout the game, pitching the ball at the last minute on option plays and scrambling for open space, including a 10-yard ramble that ended when he was flung to the turf by Thomas Keiser.

"A lot of people criticize me for some of that stuff all of the time," Griffin said. "And, you know, I could've went out of bounds and we'd have been short of the first down. I saw an opportunity to fly, so I popped out my wings and tried to fly."

Griffin also found receivers when they were open -- something else that's been missing this season. Pierre Garcon had seven receptions for 172 yards, and Alfred Morris rushed 25 times for 121 yards and a score.

The Chargers (4-4), trying to keep pace in the top-heavy AFC West, overcame a 10-point deficit late in regulation. There was some thought in the San Diego locker room that Woodhead's touchdown should have counted.

"I thought he got in," said Philip Rivers, who completed 29 of 46 passes for 341 yards with two touchdowns. "Especially when it was called on the field, I thought it was going to be a hard one to overturn."

Still, the Chargers needed only 1 more yard to win, and they couldn't get it. Woodhead went nowhere on first-and-goal. A fade route for Antonio Gates on second down didn't come close, and neither did a third-down rollout throw to Keenan Allen.

They then settled for overtime, tying the game on 19-yard field goal by Nick Novak with 3 seconds on the clock.

"I'm not questioning any of the calls," San Diego coach Mike McCoy said. "We did what we thought was best to win the football game and we're moving on. ... Hey, in this business, would've, should've, could've. If one of those three plays worked, there's no questions asked."

The Chargers built a 14-7 first-half lead on special teams. They blocked two field goals -- 11 years to the day since they last blocked one -- and put two punts down at the 1-yard line.

Lawrence Guy, picked up off waivers less than a month ago, blocked a field goal in the first quarter and batted a pass that caromed off Cam Thomas and into the arms of Sean Lissemore for a touchdown in the second quarter. Corey Liuget batted down back-to-back passes, then blocked a field goal on the last play of the first half.

Game notes

The Chargers set a franchise record by not allowing an offensive touchdown for a 12th consecutive quarter. The streak ended when Morris scored in the second quarter. ... Washington's Santana Moss had his 700th career reception. ... The Redskins' other two victories this season came against backup quarterbacks (Matt Flynn and Josh McCown).

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2527
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6372
Total Yards410500
Yards per play6.56.9
Total Drives912
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-34-5
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

sdTD11:43Sean Lissemore 0 Yard Interception Return (Nick Novak Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 0 yds, 0:09
wshTD5:30Alfred Morris 5 Yard Run (Kai Forbath Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 67 yds, 1:55
sdTD0:49Eddie Royal 15 Yard Pass From Philip Rivers (Nick Novak Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 85 yds, 4:43
wshTD9:46Darrel Young 1 Yard Run (Kai Forbath Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 74 yds, 5:17
wshTD14:20Darrel Young 1 Yard Run (Kai Forbath Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 79 yds, 7:45
wshFG7:06Kai Forbath 47 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 22 yds, 3:26
sdTD4:16Keenan Allen 16 Yard Pass From Philip Rivers (Nick Novak Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 77 yds, 2:49
sdFG0:07Nick Novak 19 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 14 plays, 91 yds, 2:07
wshTD9:05Darrel Young 4 Yard Run
Drive info: 10 plays, 78 yds, 6:01

Research Notes

Darrel Young: 3 rushing TD, finished with 12 yards rushing for the game. He's the first player to have three rushing touchdowns and finish with 12 yards rushing or fewer since Jerome Bettis, Steelers vs Raiders in Week 1, 2004 (he finished with 3 touchdowns and only 1 yard rushing)
Pierre Garcon was Washington's most effective weapon on Sunday, catching 7-of-11 targets for a career-high 172 yards and five first downs.
The Chargers ran three straight plays from the 1-yard line near the end of regulation and failed to score, settling for a field goal that sent the game to overtime. The Chargers have scored on 2-of-11 snaps from the 1-yard line this season (18%), less than half of the league average in those situations entering Week 9 (49%).
Philip Rivers was 11-for-11 for 95 yards and a touchdown on throws fewer than 15 yards downfield in the first half, and 2-for-7 for 40 yards and an interception on throws at least 15 yards downfield.
The Chargers blocked 2 Redskins FG attempts in the first half today. Since Week 10 of the 2002 season, the Chargers were the only team in the NFL without a blocked FG. Opponents had attempted 291 consecutive field goal attempts without the Chargers blocking one, and they got 2 in the first half today.
Philip Rivers has a plus-7 touchdown-to-interception differential against five or more pass rushers this season. That's his highest differential since 2009 (plus-11), the last season the Chargers made the playoffs.
Robert Griffin III's interception was only the second pick thrown in a QB's own end zone since the start of 2006. Andy Dalton threw the other in Week 3 of 2012 against the Redskins.

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