Redskins losing streak hits four, Ravens pull off dramatic victory
Come on in, Washington Redskins fans. The Daybreak 5th Quarter psychiatrist's couch is open for business.
Let's talk about the last time you really felt good about your team. It must have been on the afternoon of Oct. 2, in the hours after a 17-10 win over the St. Louis Rams in the Gateway to the West.
Your guys were 3-1. They sat on top of the NFC East. Remember how good that felt?
Now, like Journey once said, hold onto that feeling. You might need the remnants of them for the rest of the season.
Nothing finer than the 49ers - When one player is accounting for nearly half of your total offense and your team is still down by 16 points, something is going wrong.
That's exactly what happened with rookie running back Roy Helu, whose 148 all-purpose yards was exactly 48.1 percent of the Redskins offensive production in their 19-11 loss to San Francisco.
Once again, the ire of the fans in Landover was directed toward John Beck.
By the middle of the 3rd quarter of Beck's 30/47, 254 yard performance, nearly everything Beck did got booed. Incompletion? BOO! Sacked? BOO! Handoff for loss? BOO! Jogging off the field after another stalled drive? BOO!
Helu's breakout game was overshadowed by an inability to move the football otherwise, including a paltry 52 yards on the ground against the NFL's stingiest rush defense.
“Right now you take a look at the offense and it’s tough to take. It’s tough to take for me,” head coach Mike Shanahan said.
By the 5:00 mark of the 4th quarter, so few Redskins fans remained in the stadium that a loud, raucous, "Let's go Niners!" chant echoed much louder than a rendition of "Hail to the Redskins" after Washington's late touchdown.
Hey, but Graham Gano nailed a team-record 59-yard field goal, an impressive line-drive boot from nearly midfield. So they've got that going for them, which is nice.
In the grand scheme of things, the Redskins haven't won in over a month now and now sit by themselves at the bottom of the NFC East.
As usual, here's a recap, here are the stats, here's the Post's Thomas Boswell waxing poetically about the old days, and honestly, I'm running out of funny videos to distract you with. Here are some Art Monk highlights from 1986.
Irony of the day - The Redskins honored legendary linebacker Chris Hanburger at halftime, presenting him with this Pro Football Hall of Fame ring. As they showed his highlights on the video board, I couldn't help but think that three-quarters of his tackles would have been flagged in today's NFL. How times have changed.
Winning at the gun - In a span of three hours on Sunday night, the Baltimore Ravens went from dominating victors to near calamitous losers to hyper-dramatic victors...again.
The Ravens cemented a season sweep of division rival Pittsburgh with a 23-20, last-second victory at Heinz Field, but not before Baltimore almost blew it in the fourth quarter.
By all means, the first three quarters were all purple and black. Ray Rice rumbled (from Rutgers!) for a touchdown to give Baltimore a 16-6 lead late in the 3rd quarter, and by the looks of things, the Ravens' defense had more than enough momentum to make the lead stick.
Until they didn't. Rashard Mendenhall punched one in 28 seconds into the 4th quarter, and that was followed up by a Mike Wallace touchdown catch to give the Steelers a late lead.
But as Joe Flacco continues to do in his young career, he and the offense found the strength necessary to push down the field and win the game.
This time, it was a 92-yard drive in just over two minutes, capped off by a 26-yard strike to rookie WR Torrey Smith with eight seconds left to seal the victory.
Also, Terrell Suggs pulled off what potentially was the play of the year with his 3rd quarter interception of Ben Roethlisberger. If you haven't seen it yet, scroll to the :36 mark of this video and prepare for your jaw to hit the floor.
After the jump, your weekly NFL Hot Reads and a look at Saturday's Maryland/Virginia game.
NFL Hot Reads
Spotted in Indianapolis - A guy wearing an Indianapolis Colts "LUCK 12" custom jersey. Man, if the Colts win a couple games this year, that's going to be $150 well spent.
Deja vu in Foxborough - In Super Bowl XLII, Eli Manning drove the New York Giants down the field and scored in the final minute to stun the New England Patriots and win the NFL Title. This game certainly didn't have that kind of magnitude, but Manning did it again! The 24-20 loss was New England's first at Gillette Stadium in their last 25 home games.
Extra Skyline Chili for these guys! - If you had the Cincinnati Bengals and rookie quarterback Andy Dalton at 6-2 at the midway point of their season, raise your hand. Put your hand down. You're lying. But 6-2 they are after a 24-17 win over Tennessee.
Stunning OT win in the desert - By all means, Sunday's Rams/Cardinals game was a total snooze-fest. That is, until Patrick Peterson got his hands on a punt in overtime, and this happened. Wow.
No postseason for Maryland - Randy Edsall could have never seen this coming, nor could anyone involved in the Maryland football program, realistically.
With a new coach, renewed energy and a standout quarterback returning, 2-7 after the first week of November is somewhere not many people thought the Terrapins would be.
On the flip side, Mike London has got to be feeling good after the Virginia Cavaliers' 31-13 win in College Park on Saturday, sending the Wahoos to the postseason for the first time since 2007.
The Terps let another running back - this time Perry Jones - run roughshod over the defense, allowing Jones to rush for 139 yards and two scores.
Maryland's final three games are now moot when it comes to getting to a bowl games - they can't - and the lame duck portion of the Terrapins' season begins Saturday when they host Notre Dame at FedEx Field.