Final

Broncos 17

(6-3, 3-2 away)

Redskins 27

(3-6, 3-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 15, 2009

FedEx Field, Landover, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
DEN 14 3 0 017
WSH 7 7 0 1327

Top Performers

Passing: K. Orton (DEN) - 193 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: L. Betts (WSH) - 26 CAR, 114 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Marshall (DEN) - 5 REC, 134 YDS, 2 TD

Broncos lose 3rd straight as Redskins' skid ends at 4; Orton hurt

Associated Press

LANDOVER, Md. -- The Washington Redskins did everything except hold a big neon sign to let the world know that a trick play was in the works.

Pasquarelli: Just Offensive

The Broncos' offense is sputtering, resulting in a three-game skid after Denver won its first six games, Len Pasquarelli writes. Story

The Denver Broncos still couldn't stop it. Life was so much easier when they were 6-0.

Energized by the odd sequence that somehow resulted in a first-half touchdown, the Redskins kept the momentum the rest of the game and beat the Broncos' 27-17 Sunday, ending Washington's losing streak at four and extending Denver's skid to three.

"The way we play as a team these days, with these close games, you really need momentum-builders and things like that," said holder and punter Hunter Smith, who cranked up his rusty throwing arm and launched the 35-yard touchdown pass to Mike Sellers. "I thought it was the right call."

Of course he did. He's a punter getting to throw a pass.

Williamson: Collision Course

These Chargers are masters of knowing how a season can suddenly change for the better. And the Broncos apparently are masters of blowing commanding leads, writes Bill Williamson. Blog

• AFC West Blog

But it was fourth-and-20 at the 35, and the Redskins had already showed fake by splitting tight end Todd Yoder wide as a receiver in field goal formation. The attempt was initially aborted when coach Jim Zorn had to call timeout because Washington had only 10 men on the field.

Then, even though the Broncos were on notice, even though there were 20 yards to go, the Redskins still ran the fake.

Yoder split out and went in motion. Smith took the snap, rolled right and lobbed the ball deep -- and back across the field -- to Sellers for the touchdown that tied the score at 14.

Two hours later, the Broncos were still trying to figure out what happened.

"They were setting up something -- we knew it," defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday said. "They came back, and I think they may have even yelled out on their sideline, 'Let's just punt it. Let's just punt it.' And I guess we just bought into it, because we didn't lock in on the play and what was going on. It seems like it took forever to unfold. You've got to know coming into a game like this, with a team like this, to expect it."

Fast Facts

• Washington scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to snap a four-game losing streak.

• The Redskins' 27 points were their highest point total since scoring 29 in Week 2 of 2008.

• Brandon Marshall became the 11th player since 1940 with two receiving touchdowns of 40-plus yards in the first quarter of a game.

• The Broncos have now lost three straight after starting the season 6-0.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

The fans that had booed the Redskins all season -- and were booing earlier in the first half when Denver's Brandon Marshall was wide open for two long touchdown passes -- cheered the trickery with one of the biggest ovations of the season.

"They definitely got the momentum," Holliday said, "and, from there on, it seems like we never got the momentum back."

The ramifications for the Broncos (6-3) were huge, and rookie coach Josh McDaniels now has his first genuine rough patch. Three weeks ago, they had a 3 1/2 game lead over the San Diego Chargers. While it was hardly an embarrassment to lose to Baltimore and Pittsburgh, the loss to the Redskins (3-6) helped the Chargers tie Denver for the division lead when they beat Philadelphia later Sunday.

"Crisis? No. Tough spot? Absolutely," safety Brian Dawkins said. "There's not going to be too many teams that's going to have a straight shot and not go through some adversity. ... You can't sit there and dwell on the piddly-poo of tears and worry about the last game. You have to move forward and that's what we're going to do."

Compounding matters, the Broncos had to play the second half without Kyle Orton, who limped to the locker room after hurting his left ankle during a third-down scramble on his team's final offensive play of the first half. Chris Simms, seeing his first action of the season, completed 3 of 13 for 13 yards with an interception, and Denver had only 36 yards of total offense after halftime.

"It's a tough sport and it happens," said Orton, who went 11 for 18 for 193 yards with touchdown passes of 40 and 75 yards to Marshall. "You've got to try to play through it. I was hoping to come back out and I just wasn't able to. So hopefully I'll be able to go next week."

Washington's Ladell Betts scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run with 2:44 to play. With Clinton Portis sidelined after suffering a concussion in last week's loss at Atlanta, Betts made his first start since 2006 and ran for 114 yards on 26 carries, including 91 yards in the second half, better numbers than Portis had in any game this season.

Jason Campbell completed 17 of 26 passes -- and was 9 for 9 in the second half -- for 193 yards for the Redskins, who broke the 17-point barrier for the first time this season. In fact, the 27-point outburst was their greatest since Week 2 of last season.

"We've had a desert experience -- very arid, if you will -- for the last few weeks," Zorn said, "so to be able to come out with a win, you almost don't know how to feel."

Game notes


Smith now has two big plays on fakes this year. He ran for an 8-yard score against the New York Giants in the opener. ... Washington CB Carlos Rogers was benched after getting beat on the first TD pass to Marshall. ... Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth sprained his left ankle in the second half but said it "should be all right."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DEN
WSH
1st Downs1422
Passing 1st downs
813
Rushing 1st downs
69
1st downs from penalties
00
3rd down efficiency
5-128-16
4th down efficiency
0-21-2
Total Plays5670
Total Yards305388
Yards per play5.45.5
Total Drives1210
Passing185214
Comp-Att
14-3118-27
Yards per pass
5.47.1
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-213-14
Rushing120174
Rushing Attempts
2240
Yards per rush
5.54.3
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-12-4
Penalties4-452-19
Turnovers20
Fumbles lost
10
Interceptions thrown
10
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession24:1735:43

Passing Leaders

DENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Orton11/1819310.7200-0
Simms3/13131.0013-21
WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Campbell17/261937.4103-14
Smith1/13535.0100-0

Rushing Leaders

DENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Moreno18975.4028
Buckhalter2115.508
WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Betts261144.4118
Cartwright9414.6017

Receiving Leaders

DENRECYDSAVGTDLG
Marshall513426.8275
Scheffler4297.3012
WSHRECYDSAVGTDLG
Davis45012.5024
Randle El34515.0026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDENWSH
denTD12:56Brandon Marshall 40 Yard Pass From Kyle Orton (Matt Prater Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 67 yds, 2:13
70
wshTD6:37Todd Yoder 2 Yard Pass From Jason Campbell (Shaun Suisham Kick is Good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 78 yds, 6:15
77
denTD3:46Brandon Marshall 75 Yard Pass From Kyle Orton (Matt Prater Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 75 yds, 0:00
147
SECOND QUARTERDENWSH
wshTD6:39Mike Sellers 35 Yard Pass From Hunter Smith (Shaun Suisham Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 59 yds, 3:00
1414
denFG0:07Matt Prater 24 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 18 plays, 82 yds, 6:25
1714
FOURTH QUARTERDENWSH
wshFG10:43Shaun Suisham 30 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 13 plays, 79 yds, 7:14
1717
wshTD2:49Ladell Betts 1 Yard Run (Shaun Suisham Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 60 yds, 6:13
1724
wshFG1:15Shaun Suisham 35 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 9 yds, 1:04
1727