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Tennessee's Travis Henry (left) was head and shoulders above Carlos Rogers and the Redskins, rushing for 178 yards.
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Date published: 10/16/2006
Though the Redskins started quickly, their offense sputtered after the opening quarter. Washington coughed up four fumbles--losing two--and no running back or wide receiver gained more than 60 yards. Brunell, who had a toenail ripped off early in the second half, was 16-for-30 for 180 yards and threw one touchdown and one interception, and running back Clinton Portis scored twice.
Despite the boos, and the fumbles and the folly, the Redskins had an excellent chance to win this game. And for a time, it looked like they would.
The Titans had taken a 20-14 third-quarter lead on a 2-yard touchdown by Henry that was set up by a key 23-yard fourth-down pass from Young to Brandon Jones.
After Henry's tally, Tennessee's Casey Cramer blocked a Derrick Frost punt, and the ball rolled out of the end zone, resulting in a two-point safety that gave the Titans a 22-14 advantage.
"Casey is one of those guys that puts in a 12-hour day," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. "He looks at everything and studies everything, and that was a huge play."
With 12:12 left in the fourth quarter, however, Brunell rocketed a 52-yard pass down the middle to Brandon Lloyd, who entered the game with just 75 receiving yards this season.
On second-and-goal from the 4, Portis took a pitch, motored to the right and cut across the goal line. Brunell found Santana Moss in the back of the end zone on the ensuing two-point conversion, and the score was tied at 22.
The Titans on their next possession were stopped after three plays, and Young injured his ankle on a third-down run.
"Things were changing a little bit," Brunell said. "We just didn't capitalize on it."
No, they didn't.
After a 1-yard run by Portis, two-straight Brunell passes fell incomplete, and the Redskins punted.
Young returned with his ankle heavily taped, and guided the Titans on a six-play drive that ended with a 30-yard field goal by Rob Bironas that gave the visitors a 25-22 edge.
Brunell trotted onto the field and fired three-straight incomplete passes. FedEx field turned into one big groan.
The Redskins got a final chance when they received a punt with 1:06 remaining, but Brunell's first-down heave was intercepted by Thompson.