Final/OT

Seahawks 17

(2-2, 0-2 away)

Redskins 20

(3-0, 2-0 home)

1:00 PM ET, October 2, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 OT T
SEA 3 0 7 7 017
WSH 0 7 10 0 320

Top Performers

Passing: M. Hasselbeck (SEA) - 242 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: S. Alexander (SEA) - 20 CAR, 98 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Engram (SEA) - 9 REC, 106 YDS

Seahawks' missed FG sends Redskins into OT, win

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- Josh Brown raised both hands in victory after his kick on the last play of regulation -- until the ball hit the left upright.

In overtime, Nick Novak ran toward the bench and pumped his right fist after his kick was on the way, but his celebration wasn't premature. The rookie's 39-yard field goal 5:31 into overtime gave the Washington Redskins a 20-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

It was over when ...
rookie Nick Novak kicked a 39-yard field goal 5:31 into overtime.
Game ball goes to ...
Novak, playing because of an injury to John Hall. His first NFL attempt Sunday was blocked, but made a 40-yarder late in the third quarter. He actually had to kick the overtime winner twice because the Redskins were called for delay of game on the first try.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen It seems as though the Redskins' coaches have been around forever. Maybe they've taken their experience and found a way to win the close games, because right now this team has been coming up big in the clutch. They've found the perfect mix of aggression and patience for the defense and we're now seeing the late '90s version of Mark Brunell. He's using his legs and his arm to win games for the 'Skins.
-- Eric Allen

The Redskins are 3-0 for the first time since 1991, the season they won their last Super Bowl. Mark Brunell hit unlikely targets Robert Royal and Mike Sellers for touchdowns, and Washington survived Seattle's late rally -- including the kick that came inches from winning it.

The Seahawks (2-2) tied the game on Darrell Jackson's 6-yard catch with 1:23 remaining. They got the ball back on Kelly Herndon's interception on a pass deflected off the outstretched fingertips of Clinton Portis, the only turnover of the game. Three plays later, Brown hit the upright from 47 yards.

The Redskins won the toss at the start of overtime and drove 55 yards. Santana Moss, who caught the two touchdown passes in the fourth-quarter comeback victory over Dallas two weeks ago, snagged a 30-yard reception that put Washington into position for Novak, who had never attempted a field goal in the NFL until Sunday. The Redskins converted three third-and-long situations in their winning drive, including an 18-yard scramble by Brunell on third-and-9.

Novak, playing because of an injury to John Hall, didn't try a field goal in his first game against Dallas. His first NFL attempt Sunday was blocked. He also made a 40-yarder late in the third quarter to give the Redskins a 17-10 lead. He actually had to kick the winner twice because the Redskins were called for delay of game on the first try.

Brunell completed 20 of 36 passes for 226 yards. Moss caught six passes for 87 yards, and Portis ran 25 times for 90 yards.

Hasselbeck was 26-for-38 for 242 yards for the Seahawks. Bobby Engram caught nine passes for 106 yards, and Shaun Alexander, throttled for most of the game, came alive late to run for 98 yards on 20 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run that cut the Redskins' lead to 14-10 in the third quarter.

Trailing 17-10, the Seahawks started a drive at their 9 with 7:42 remaining. They converted a fourth-and-1 at their 35 when Hasselbeck scrambled 10 yards for the first down. Hasselbeck later scrambled 6 yards to the 6, then hit Jackson for the touchdown to tie the game.

The Redskins had drives of 15, 12 and 16 plays in the first half. They scored only seven points, but the 21:57-to-8:03 domination in time of possession wore down the Seahawks' defense and kept Alexander and the rest of the Seattle offense watching from the sideline.

Leading 7-3 at halftime, the Redskins opened the second half with a 62-yard drive, aided by a 29-yard pass interference penalty on Michael Boulware that was heavily disputed by the Seahawks. Brunell hit Sellers for a 4-yard touchdown on the next play, giving the former CFL player his first NFL touchdown since 2001.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SEA
WSH
1st Downs2126
Passing 1st downs
1417
Rushing 1st downs
77
1st downs from penalties
02
3rd down efficiency
6-1213-18
4th down efficiency
1-11-1
Total Plays6277
Total Yards354352
Yards per play5.74.6
Total Drives89
Passing235211
Comp-Att
26-3820-36
Yards per pass
6.05.6
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-72-15
Rushing119141
Rushing Attempts
2339
Yards per rush
5.23.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-20-4
Penalties8-842-10
Turnovers01
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession26:0939:22

Passing Leaders

SEAC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Hasselbeck26/382426.4101-7
WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brunell20/362266.3212-15

Rushing Leaders

SEACARYDSAVGTDLG
Alexander20984.9134
Hasselbeck2168.0010
WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Portis25903.6013
Betts12352.909

Receiving Leaders

SEARECYDSAVGTDLG
Engram910611.8026
Jackson7557.9116
WSHRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moss68714.5030
Cooley46115.3019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSEAWSH
seaFG6:02Josh Brown 45 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 15 yds, 1:42
30
SECOND QUARTERSEAWSH
wshTD2:44Robert Royal, 1 yd pass from Mark Brunell (Nick Novak kick is good)
Drive info: 16 plays, 85 yds, 8:02
37
THIRD QUARTERSEAWSH
wshTD7:24Mike Sellers, 4 yd pass from Mark Brunell (Nick Novak kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 62 yds, 2:12
314
seaTD4:14Shaun Alexander, 3 yd run (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 85 yds, 3:00
1014
wshFG0:08Nick Novak 32 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 49 yds, 3:57
1017
FOURTH QUARTERSEAWSH
seaTD1:27Darrell Jackson, 6 yd pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 15 plays, 91 yds, 6:15
1717
OVERTIMESEAWSH
wshFG9:34Nick Novak 32 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 55 yds, 5:20
1720