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A halftime tie for Redskins, Saints

The Redskins were 22 seconds away from taking a lead against the undefeated New Orleans Saints into the locker room at halftime when safety Kareem Moore intercepted a Drew Brees pass at Washington's 30-yard line.

Instead, the second-year safety was stripped by Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem during the return and Meachem took the ball 44 yards for a touchdown and a 17-17 tie at the half.

The play was a momentum swing in what had to otherwise be considered a strong first half by the Redskins against one of the league's top teams and top offenses.

After the Redskins limited the Saints to just three first downs in the first quarter, New Orleans opened the second driving down the field looking to put points on the board.

Facing third and seven from the Redskins' 39, Brees hit Devery Henderson for 10 yards. Brees then found Jeremy Shockey but the play was called back for offensive pass interference, pushing New Orleans back to the Redskins' 39-yard line.

Brees completed three consecutive passes to move the Saints to the Redskins' 16-yard line, but his next pass was knocked down by Phil Daniels and a third down pass was incomplete and the Saints settled for a 34-yard field goal from Garrett Hartley to pull within 10-3.

The Redskins went three and out on their next drive and the Saints took over on their 13, looking to build off the last drive. Three consecutive runs moved New Orlenas out to the 25-yard line and then Brees started to find his rhythm.

First the star quarterback found Henderson for 14 yards, then he missed Henderson deep before connecting with Robert Meachem for 10 yards. Pierre Thomas broke off an 11-yard run and the Saints offense clearly had found its groove.

The next play proved it.

Brees hit Marques Colston on a 40-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline and with 5:34 to play in the half the Saints had tied the game at 10.

Washington's offense, however, responded immediately.

Jason Campbell led the Redskins on a 78-yard touchdown drive leaning most heavily on his No. 1 receiver, Santana Moss. Campbell opened the drive by finding Fred Davis for nine yards but then found Moss on back-to-back receptions to move the Redskins to the 45-yard line.

On third and 2, Campbell then hit Moss on a double move down the right sideline for a 38-yard gain to the Saints' 17-yard line.

Two more completions gave the Redskins first and goal on the five and after an incompletion Campbell found Devin Thomas on a touchdown pass to give Washington the lead.

The Redskins' defense appeared to have stopped the Saints on their next drive but the first of two unlucky plays interfered. The Saints punt was short and bounced off the back of rookie Kevin Barnes and New Orleans took over again at Washington's 41-yard line.

The Saints were pushed back on a sack by LaRon Landry and on third-and-26 Brees' desperate heave was picked by Moore, leading to the bizarre strip touchdown from Meached that tied the game at 17 at the half.

By Paul Tenorio  |  December 6, 2009; 2:53 PM ET
 
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Campbell haters are people who watch the game with the knowledge of a 10 year old.
Yeah, Jason isn't a top-flight QB, and yeah he makes some terrible mental miscues (both INTs last week), but does ANYONE know how he can play with an o-line that rotates every week? does ANYONE know how he can play with an offensive scheme that DOESNT CHANGE on a yearly basis? answer is NO.

he should be the QB of this team for the next 5 years. he's in top physical shape, he can make every single throw (WHEN GIVEN TIME), and he is good at dealing with public adversity (last offseason).

Posted by: kman2 | December 6, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I hope we can get Rock going in the 2nd half.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | December 6, 2009 2:58 PM

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | December 6, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Devin Thomas is playing GREAT today!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | December 6, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Liking Thomas. Maybe Vinny knew what he was doing?

Posted by: League-Source | December 6, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

DT is playing a great game today! Nice.

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 6, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Offense is moving GREAT today. Good run by Rock!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | December 6, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Playing great and still losing is not fun... I want a Win - either playing great or ugly I don't care... just win baby

Posted by: Stevida | December 6, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Moss has not been a reliable receiver this year.

Posted by: League-Source | December 6, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

hope I am wrong.. but, 3-8 pretty much speaks for itself regarding JC.

And Williams knows Campbell better than any other coach on either side of the field.

And by the way, Alan4, why is it if anyone is critical of Campbell, they are immediately labeled a "Hater" as opposed to criticism of any other Redskin player or Coach??? Ie.. the millions of negative postings on Zorn...but, you dont hear "ooohhh you're a Zorn Hater" response...
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Gregg Willams is going to "bring it" to JC in the second half.. He knows Campbell loses his mechanics when he panics (no progressions and one read).
Could be an ugly ending.

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | December 6, 2009 2:44 PM

And Williams didn't "know this" in the first half? You Campbell haters crack me up!

Posted by: Alan4 | December 6, 2009 2:49 PM

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | December 6, 2009 2:58 PM

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | December 6, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Beeps and such as.

Also.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | December 6, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Nice drive, but once again settle for 3. Wonder why? (JZ?)

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 6, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

if Moss catches that, any doubt he cuts in and we have 1st and goal?

damnit. we're leaving points on the field.

not to mention giving up points with blown coverages and fluke careless turnovers.

Posted by: kman2 | December 6, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Drew looks cold, probably affecting his game. He wants to be inside the Dome.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | December 6, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

wtf kinda kickoff was that? our coverage has been decent so far...no reason for that call. just gave up about 20 yards of field position to the most explosive offense in the NFL.

Posted by: kman2 | December 6, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

ummmm, Red Zone and JC makes a one read overthrow..
He continues to be 211th of 214 QBs in Red Zone TD completion efficiency in the history of the NFL that have 900 more pass attempts.

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Campbell haters are people who watch the game with the knowledge of a 10 year old.
Yeah, Jason isn't a top-flight QB, and yeah he makes some terrible mental miscues (both INTs last week), but does ANYONE know how he can play with an o-line that rotates every week? does ANYONE know how he can play with an offensive scheme that DOESNT CHANGE on a yearly basis? answer is NO.

he should be the QB of this team for the next 5 years. he's in top physical shape, he can make every single throw (WHEN GIVEN TIME), and he is good at dealing with public adversity (last offseason).

Posted by: kman2 | December 6, 2009 2:58 PM

Posted by: SkinsneedaGM | December 6, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

MORE ON JC:

Indeed there was not much of a running game the 1st part of the season. So what is JC's excuse the games in which there was a running game? Games in which the Skins could have won it only if he could have gotten us to a field goal range? Last week's game? The Dallas game when he could have engineered a comeback? and I can point out a few more other games too going to last season even where we could have won it if only JC had gotten us close enough.

JC is an average QB and there is no denying that. The NFL is made up mostly of average QBs who are getting the job done. The Skins have not lost games because of JC's play that is true, but the Skins have not won and probably will not win games either b/c of JC's plays.

By this logic, and especially b/c management does not want the guy anyway, THEN LET HIM LEAVE and good luck to him somewhere else.

I'd rather tempt my chances with another average QB who is a winner, than with one who can't get us any Ws.

Posted by: JeanJak | December 6, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

As they said on the TV, Thomas's breakout game.

I am scared to say this but if the Skins keep this up Zorn may keep his job.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 6, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Then again, I suppose the fact that Devin Thomas and Malcom Kelly are now making plays, could also means the problem was not JC but rather with JZ's play conservative calling.

Then again what do I know?

Posted by: JeanJak | December 6, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

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