(WJLA) - It is the shortest week of what the Redskins hope will be a very long run. And if not for literally a few inches here or there Sunday, the make-up of this short week would feel so very different.
The Redskins beat the San Diego Chargers 30-24 in overtime.
"It makes Thursday night that much important knowing that we're three and five," said defensive tackle Kedric Golston.
The Redskins were about to be two and six, and all but done, when a last-minute Chargers touchdown call was reversed. That was the good news. The bad news: The Chargers instead had first and goal at the Redskins one-yard-line.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III said "Anytime you have first and goal from the one, a lot of people will say the game's over"
Thanks to stout defense and some questionable Chargers play-calling, the Redskins held. Goal-line stand? This felt like a season-saving stand.
Linebacker Brian Orakpo called it "One the best moments I've been a part of."
Darrel Young's overtime touchdown was the game-winner but the game-saver - the season-saver - happened 99 yards away. The Redskins appeared destined to lose - twice - but found a way to win.
Said defensive tackle Barry Cofield, "Hopefully we can look back on this and reach some bigger goals and say this was a turning point."