Redskins lose in Toronto, Ravens epic comeback, Virginia Tech escapes

Beck and the Redskins found no goodwill north of the border in a 23-0 loss to Buffalo.

Somewhere in the D.C. area on Monday morning, John Beck is still seeing the Buffalo Bills defense bearing down on him.

Before yesterday's 23-0 loss to the Bills up at Rogers Centre in Toronto, only one other quarterback in Redskins history had been sacked nine times in one game. That was Joe Theismann.

Needless to say, it was a long day for Washington and, by the end of the walloping, the last thing the Redskins probably wanted to do was stick around for a plate of poutine and a Labatt Blue.

Thank you, by the way, for letting me get my token Canadian culture references out of the way there.

Welcome to Daybreak 5th Quarter. As usual, we start with your look around the NFL, and after the jump, we'll take a spin around the college gridiron.

UN-BILL-EVABLE - We've already told you about the nine sacks Beck took in the 'Skins 23-0 loss to the Bills, but have we mentioned the end of a ridiculous streak Mike Shanahan carried into the ballgame?

In his previous 266 games as a head coach in the National Football League, his teams had scored points. Sunday's game was the first time one of his teams had been shut out - breaking the longest such streak in league history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The other side of the ball didn't fare much better. Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns while Fred Jackson gashed the Redskins run defense for 120 yards. Meanwhile, the Redskins racked up just 26 rushing yards total.

"That's as bad as I've ever been involved with from the offensive side," Shanahan said after the game in another edition of the "most obvious statement of the week."

But don't despair, Redskins fans, because if you think it gets easier next week, it doesn't. The 6-1 San Francisco 49ers come to town.

UPDATE (11:51 a.m.): ABC7's Alex Parker reports that he saw tight end Fred Davis in a walking boot at Redskins Park this morning. Davis leads the team with 517 receiving yards.

Here's the recap. Here's the box score. Here's the Post's Jason Reid questioning whether or not Shanahan can turn the ship around. And once again, in lieu of highlights, here's that sweet house that has lights synced up to "Party Rock Anthem."{ }

THE GREATEST COMEBACK - Here's the gist of Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium up in the Charm City: the Baltimore Ravens were, at one point, down 24-3 to the Arizona Cardinals. They won the football game 30-27.

In the midst of getting booed off the field in the midst of that 21-point 2nd quarter deficit, Joe Flacco and Ravens offense, along with the trademark defensive lockdown that has been the team's trademark all season, responded with the biggest comeback in franchise history.

Ray Rice rushed for three touchdowns

in the span of 12:18 across the 3rd and 4th quarters to spur the comeback, and Billy Cundiff's last-second field goal from 25 yards out gave Baltimore an unlikely victory over the woeful Cardinals.

"Instead of buckling under the pressure of an 18-point deficit and taking unnecessary chances, the Ravens allowed only one second-half drive that was greater than 13 yards," Luke Jones wrote on

The Cardinals tune, however, was sung to the tune of penalties, pass interference calls and poor discipline.

"When (Anquan) Boldin wasn't catching everything thrown his direction, he was drawing pass-interference calls from three different members of the Arizona secondary," Dan Bickley points out in his column for the Arizona Republic.

Here's the recap and the box score. Highlights can be found here.

NFL Hot Reads

-The winless nightmare for the St. Louis Rams finally came to an end Sunday in a 31-21 win over the New Orleans Saints. On the other hand, the Colts, well...the Indianapolis Star uses the words "collapse" and "epic proportions" in the same sentence.

-For at least one fleeting Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers found themselves on the winning end of a game against Tom Brady. Their 25-17 win over New England was just the second for the franchise since Brady took over as the Patriots starting QB in 2001.

-Still looking for a little solace in Redskins Land? Perhaps you'll enjoy this recap of the Dallas Cowboys' misery, complete with a picture of angry Tony Romo, last night in Philadelphia.

After the jump, the Terps stumble again, Virginia Tech hits an unexpected road block, and Stanford and USC play an overtime thriller.

Shuffle Off To Boston - It's official: if the{ } Maryland Terrapins can't lose again this season.

That is, if they want to get to a bowl game for the 2nd consecutive season.

On a muddy field in cold, sloppy conditions,{ } Maryland's play mostly resembled the weather in a 28-17 loss to the Boston College Eagles on Saturday afternoon.

What made the loss worse was that Boston College, who limped in with a 1-6 record, was made to look like world beaters in College Park.

Eyewitnesses say that fewer than 10,000 people stuck around for the 2nd half of a game in which Eagles running back Rolandan Finch rumbled for a staggering 243 yards on the ground. Finch had never even topped 100 yards in a game before Saturday.

Davin Meggett recovered from some stagnant weeks to fall just a yard short of the 100-yard rushing mark, but his rushing wasn't enough to keep the Terps competitive in the slushy conditions.

Here's the recap and here's the Post's Eric Prisbell saying that the Randy Edsall experience cannot have gotten off to a worse start.

Bull Durham - One of our mantras at D5Q is that there's "no category in the standings for pretty wins, just wins." Nowhere on Saturday did that ring more true than at Duke, where Virginia Tech eked out a 14-10 victory over the perennial ACC also-ran.

The Hokies overcame more than 100 penalty yards and two interceptions from the usually steady Logan Thomas to move to 8-1 and 4-1 in conference.

Despite racking up 433 yards of offense, the game wasn't sealed for the Hokies until there was less than a minute left, when Hokies DB Barquell Rivers stepped in front of a Sean Renfree pass and picked it off with 55 seconds to go.

No fear, though, Hokie Nation. The task gets considerably tougher next week, when Va. Tech travels to Atlanta for a match-up with the suddenly streaking Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

College Huddle

-We can understand if you didn't stay up late enough on Saturday night to catch the end of the triple-overtime thriller between Stanford and USC in Los Angeles. Perhaps the snow and chill lulled you into an early slumber. No matter; we stayed up for it and caught every last minute of the 56-48 win for the Cardinal. Here are all the highlights.

-Has Clemson come to a crossroads? Pundits are once again prodding at the 8-1 Tigers after their 31-17 road loss to Georgia Tech, especially considering Clemson's penchant for starting fast and crashing near the end of the season.

-And, in today's edition of "Geographic Boundaries Gone Horribly Wrong," West Virginia has accepted an invitation to join the Big 12, a league whose teams are concentrated in Oklahoma and Texas. Forget geography, though, when it comes to TV dollars and swaths of revenue, right?