Redskins beat Titans on Gano's game-winner

Posted Nov. 21, 2010 @ 4:53 p.m.
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By Teresa M. Walker, AP Sports Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn.(AP) — The Washington Redskins kept their very faint playoff hopes alive, bouncing back after an ugly home loss.

And they did it by taking advantage of the Titans self-destructing so badly on their home field that fans booed repeatedly and Vince Young left the stadium after being knocked out of the game with an injured right thumb.

Graham Gano kicked a 48-yard field goal, his fourth of the game, with 8:17 left in overtime and the Redskins beat the Titans 19-16 on Sunday.

Washington (5-5) snapped a two-game skid and bounced back from a 59-28 loss to Philadelphia on Monday night. The win came on a day when at least seven Redskins went to the sideline with injuries, including Clinton Portis with an re-injured groin.

Washington wound up outgaining Tennessee 465-373, and Donovan McNabb was 30 of 50 for 376 yards with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss in the first quarter.

Chris Johnson ran for 130 yards, and Young was 12 of 16 for 165 yards before he left. Fans weren't happy with the play-calling that seemed to ignore Randy Moss, the 13-year veteran making his debut on Tennessee's home field after the Titans picked him up off waivers on Nov. 3. Moss finished without a catch.

Gano also missed two field goals - a 51-yarder to end the first half and a 47-yard attempt at the end of regulation that fell short.

Young hurt his thumb when his hand slammed into a helmet completing a 37-yard pass to Nate Washington. He stayed in the game for a handoff to Chris Johnson, then went to the sideline where he had his thumb taped. Trainers kept retaping the thumb as he tossed the ball with Moss, trying to see if he could return.

But Young walked past reporters quickly after the game ended. He may have thought the booing was directed at him. Late in the first half, he had waved his arms when fans were booing - as if egging them on.

With rookie Rusty Smith replacing Young, the Titans (5-5) lost their third straight game. Smith drove Tennessee to a field goal and a 16-13 lead in the fourth quarter. But they had to punt after winning the toss in overtime and never got the ball back.

The Titans had three penalties for 35 yards including an unsportsmanlike conduct and roughing the passer to set up the Redskins' winning drive.

Gano might have won it in regulation if not for a snap that Hunter Smith had to lift up off the ground, and the ball fell well short of the crossbar. He also kicked field goals of 19, 40 and 42, the last with 5:24 left that tied it up at 16.

Marc Mariani returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown for Tennessee, and Rob Bironas kicked three field goals. His last was a 40-yarder that gave the Titans their last lead at 16-13 with 8:40 left in regulation.

Washington spent the game with players heading to the sideline. The Redskins came in with three starters sidelined due to injuries, and Portis lasted only five carries before re-injuring his groin. At least seven Redskins were hurt, though some returned.

The Titans had fans booing early when Young turned the ball over at the Washington 12 on the first drive. They also settled for two field goals inside the Washington 20, and they even picked up a flag for 12 men on the field when McNabb spiked the ball with 22 seconds left in regulation.

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