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Redskins trail by 10 after 1st quarter

With neither team playing for much - San Diego has already clinched home field advantage and Washington was eliminated from playoff contention long ago - the game had a chance to lack energy. Instead, San Diego showed it was eager to continue its success early in the game when the starters were playing and they quickly got out to a 10-0 lead.

The Chargers opened the game with the ball on their own 25-yard line and marched down the field through the arm of standout quarterback Phillip Rivers, who dumped some passes off short for big gains and also found receiver Malcolm Floyd for bigger gains to take the Chargers to the Redskins 31-yard line.

Rivers should have been intercepted on a second-down deep pass, but the ball went right through the hands of Fred Smoot, who was playing safety, and the Chargers eventually settled for a 47-yard field goal from Nate Kaeding to take a 3-0 lead.

Washington promptly went three and out on its first possession and San Diego took over on its 39-yard line and showed why it is considered one of the top teams in the league.

With Rivers again leading the way, the Chargers drove quickly down the field. On the 11th play of the drive, Rivers used a nice touch pass to the corner of the end zone to find tight end Antonio Gates and put San Diego up 10-0 with 6:42 remaining in the quarter.

Washington was able to move the ball a bit more on offense on its second possession, going 36 yards into San Diego territory to the 36-yard line, but they eventually stalled. Instead of choosing to kick a long field goal, however, the Redskins opted to punt and San Diego took over on its own 20 yard line.

Rivers took a seat at this point, as did many starters, and backup Billy Volek was under center, but with his first pass he found Floyd on a 50-yard pass down the sideline. The quarter ended with a San Diego first down inside the Redskins 20-yard line.

By Paul Tenorio  |  January 3, 2010; 4:42 PM ET
 
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Comments

Watching this game feels so anticlimactic.

Posted by: jiacinto | January 3, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

It's all about draft position now...

Posted by: mohammed10 | January 3, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

OK I HAVE A QUESTION FOR EVERYONE.. IF THE EAGLES LOSE AND THE PACKERS WIN..WHO GETS THE 6TH SEED?

Posted by: zorn_sucks | January 3, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Hello Everyone!
REading some of you talking about the Skins drafting as high as possible....
Personally, I believe the Skins MUST, MUST, MUST trade down ... a couple of times!
They must pick up more picks, cut vets making too much money, creating an atmosphere of hard work, uncertainty of making the team etc.
For example:
# 5 Pick traded down for the #12 pick and two other picks.
Then they could trade down their RD 2 pick for for a couple of other picks as well.
Vinny left us no depth, not a playoff roster!
Hail!

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | January 3, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Sam Bradford will be our QB next year, if MS is the coach. It's as good as a done deal, there have already been extensive discussions with Stoops and the current GM.

Posted by: TheDirtySanchez | January 3, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Cleve wins, KC 7-0 over Den, SD 10-0 over Skins. #4 is within reach! A boy called Suh! Woo, Woo! The Okie Okung! Okey Dokey!

Posted by: TubularBells | January 3, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

What happened to the Giants today and last week?

Posted by: jiacinto | January 3, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Another scoreless 1st quarter for the Redskins.

What a shocker.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 3, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

OK I HAVE A QUESTION FOR EVERYONE.. IF THE EAGLES LOSE AND THE PACKERS WIN..WHO GETS THE 6TH SEED?

Posted by: zorn_sucks | January 3, 2010 5:06 PM |

The watermelon, of course.

Posted by: TubularBells | January 3, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Dallas up 14!

Sh*t!

Posted by: rickyroge | January 3, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I want Dallas to win.

I plan on pulling for the Vikes in the postseason, and I want them to get the #2 seed.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 3, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

What happened to the Giants today and last week?

Posted by: jiacinto | January 3, 2010 5:08 PM |

They gave up on Major Tom, old grim face. He could be fired. Wouldn't surprise a lot of peeps. Cowher to take his place.

Posted by: TubularBells | January 3, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Nice catch by Moss.

It was a high ball again.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 3, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Really? Cowher at the NYG? Haven't heard much about that.

Posted by: jiacinto | January 3, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Yoderman!

Posted by: rickyroge | January 3, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

What a great drive on San Diego's 5th string defense!!!

Posted by: Skins1 | January 3, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Skins win today...and drop from 4th pick to 7th...hard not to think about that...
If Vinny was around..it wouldnt matter..but now.

Posted by: cliftonbiz | January 3, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I KNOW EVERYONE HATES DALLAS WITH A PASSION, INCLUDING MYSELF, BUT ID RATHER DALLAS WIN TODAY AND SO PHI DOESNT GET THE NUM 2 SEED. ALSO, IF THEY WIN AND GB WIN THERES A CHANCE THAT PHI AND DALLAS WILL REMATCH NEXT WEEK IN A GAME THAT DALLAS COULD VERY WELL LOSE

Posted by: zorn_sucks | January 3, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

It's nice to see that they look like a good team against the backups. Is this what it comes to

Posted by: jbeckwith | January 3, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I like it, and I'm not listening to you damn-with-faint-praisers!

(That'd be you, Skins1.)
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | January 3, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

They sustained the drive and scored despite Campbell's throws.

Interesting comments from Lynch/ Sounds like he had a long talk with Shanny about what the Redskins do...and do not...have on the roster.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | January 3, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Zorn's final FU.....winning this game and dropping us 2-3 places in the draft!

Posted by: TheDirtySanchez | January 3, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Chiefs 7-7 have the ball in the redzone.

Lets go Billy... take a long drive for TD before half, LOL

Yes I'm openly, blatantly, unabashedly and unashamedly rooting for the Redskins to lose this game so as to not endanger their draft pick.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | January 3, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

What a great drive on San Diego's 5th string defense!!!

Posted by: Skins1 | January 3, 2010 5:17 PM

Chargers should be penalized for playing back ups and making the 'Skins look good! Maybe they should lose some draft picks, too.

Posted by: League-Source | January 3, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan will suck to. He didnt build anything and hasnt done anything and hes gonna suck and we will be in the same freakin position. I dont want Shanahan. He was fired for a reason. Cmon' get us someone thats not already a reject and that has some qualifications. I dont think there is much in the QB line coming out in the draft either. Hopen Allen doesnt pick up where Vinnys stupidity left off.

Posted by: ebbline | January 3, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan will suck to. He didnt build anything and hasnt done anything and hes gonna suck and we will be in the same freakin position. I dont want Shanahan. He was fired for a reason. Cmon' get us someone thats not already a reject and that has some qualifications. I dont think there is much in the QB line coming out in the draft either. Hopen Allen doesnt pick up where Vinnys stupidity left off.

Posted by: ebbline | January 3, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan will suck to. He didnt build anything and hasnt done anything and hes gonna suck and we will be in the same freakin position. I dont want Shanahan. He was fired for a reason. Cmon' get us someone thats not already a reject and that has some qualifications. I dont think there is much in the QB line coming out in the draft either. Hopen Allen doesnt pick up where Vinnys stupidity left off.

Posted by: ebbline | January 3, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Really? Cowher at the NYG? Haven't heard much about that.

Posted by: jiacinto | January 3, 2010 5:16 PM |

With a franch QB in Eli, a lot of dudes would like to be HC. That's something Cowher never had the lux of. In fact, in his big SB win, his QB, Big Ben, practically gave the game to Hawks.

Posted by: TubularBells | January 3, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Shanny will win here with Sam Bradford leading the way, book it!

Posted by: TheDirtySanchez | January 3, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Nice catch by Moss.

It was a high ball again.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 3, 2010 5:15 PM |

With a good athletic supporter, low balls should never be a prob.

Posted by: TubularBells | January 3, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Tublar--I haven't heard much about Tom Coughlin's job being in jeopardy.

Posted by: jiacinto | January 3, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Looks like our LB's can't cover any back or TE out in the flats. They all suck at that, yes, even Fletch!

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | January 3, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

ummm you play your 3rd string backups..and then you challenge a call??

Posted by: cliftonbiz | January 3, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Skins win this game... Bradford wont be around.

Posted by: cliftonbiz | January 3, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

No Shanahan. Shanahan will suck dingleberries. No suckn reject coaches!!!!
No suckin college QB just cause they are the best available in this draft or order. Hopen Allen will do better than Vinny but not lookiin good :/
No Shanahan. Shanahan will suck dingleberries.

Posted by: ebbline | January 3, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

He was fired for a reason. Cmon' get us someone thats not already a reject and that has some qualifications.

Posted by: ebbline | January 3, 2010 5:24 PM |

Hey, Winkie, you got a dilemma. Everyone who hasn't already been a head coach has been rejected -- multiple times -- for a reason. No one's pure.

Posted by: League-Source | January 3, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

No Shanahan. Shanahan will suck dingleberries. No suckn reject coaches!!!!
No suckin college QB just cause they are the best available in this draft or order. Hopen Allen will do better than Vinny but not lookiin good :/
No Shanahan. Shanahan will suck dingleberries.

Posted by: ebbline | January 3, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Cmon' get us someone thats not already a reject and that has some qualifications.

Posted by: ebbline | January 3, 2010 5:24 PM |

Gibbs 1.0s don't exactly grow on trees.

Posted by: TubularBells | January 3, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

BA/Shanhan >> Vinny/Zorn by an order of magnitude.

Which is a lot.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | January 3, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Kelly!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: rickyroge | January 3, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Skins win this game... Bradford wont be around.

Posted by: cliftonbiz | January 3, 2010 5:28 PM |

Neither will Shanahan -- they'll stick with Zorn.

Posted by: League-Source | January 3, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Now Danny needs to fire Zorny at half to keep him form winning the game, LOL

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | January 3, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

w00+$!
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | January 3, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Kelly is faster than I thought.

Posted by: knight1977 | January 3, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Where has that play been for the last four years?!?! See what can happen when you hit a receiver on the forward run. Nice play Campbell and Kelly!

Posted by: jksesq1 | January 3, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

To all the morons claiming that SD is playing 3rd & 4th stringers....you realize that they only dress 47 for the game. So taking the P, K, LS out of the mix that is 44 players. So for the most part, they are playing a mix of first & second stringers.

You guys whine more than the James family....just lie back and enjoy the last game for 8 months and root for a win like a real fan!

Posted by: TheDirtySanchez | January 3, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

was that a good play call by Zorn or simply a good play by the players. Of course, he probably fumbled so it won't matter.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | January 3, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Kelly's fast for a dude that 6'5"

Posted by: rickyroge | January 3, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

oh snap JC with a nice long pass to Kelly.

Posted by: jm220 | January 3, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

This is the best quarter of football Norv has ever seen the Skins play :)

Posted by: jksesq1 | January 3, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Tublar--I haven't heard much about Tom Coughlin's job being in jeopardy.

Posted by: jiacinto | January 3, 2010 5:26 PM |

Admittedly, there hasn't been a lot chatter. But with the way the team has cratered worse than a big azz meteor hitting the moon ...

Posted by: TubularBells | January 3, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

These idiots are going to end up winning the one week we need them to lose...

Posted by: Skins1 | January 3, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Nifty!

That's how you play a team stacked up on the goal line.

Better late than never, I supposes.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | January 3, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Skins on top in a meaningless game imagin that !

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | January 3, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

touchdown against 3rd String backups.... say goodbye to 4th pick....
Norv's real revenge..

Posted by: cliftonbiz | January 3, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

KC & TB have 2 2nd round picks, NE has 3

NE is the only team that a trade down makes sense with

Posted by: noonefromtampa | January 3, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh hell yes, THIS is Jim Zorn football. Just in the nick of time, too.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | January 3, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

again, a good play called by Zorn or good execution by the players?

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | January 3, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I mean I know its suckin out there coach prospect wise, "no one pure" except pure Bullsh$%, and Gibbs 1.o doesnt grow on trees but I dont see waisting time and money trying to give a "reject" a shot in here for two or three years either. Seems like you stick with what youve got unless you can better. The O-line is what kicked our noogies as much as anything which was Vinnys bag not bringin more in. So I hear yall, I just feel like we would save time and do better waiting until there is someone thats worthy and thanks for your input really. Skins fans need to stick together cuz each other is all we have right now.

Posted by: ebbline | January 3, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

NE is the only team that a trade down makes sense with

Posted by: noonefromtampa | January 3, 2010 5:37 PM

I don't think this is possible. New England usually trades down, not up. Some times they don't even make a first round pick.

Posted by: League-Source | January 3, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

If we win, do we lose the 5th pick? or have we got that locked up?

OAK and SEA and CLE already have 5 wins so at worst we tie with them in records.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | January 3, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Adam Schefter reporting that:

"Zorn will return next year".

Posted by: rickyroge | January 3, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Say it slowly and it will feel good coming off your tongue:

Slingin' Sammy Bradford!

Posted by: TheDirtySanchez | January 3, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

can you imagine the players going there and enjoying SoCal weather after leaving DC? I'd want to be traded to get away from all that crappy weather if not the bad team.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | January 3, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Whoever said that Zorn will sick it to the Danny by trying to win this one (thus moving the draft pick from #4 to #5) may be onto something.

Posted by: mohammed10 | January 3, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Zorn's final FU.....winning this game and dropping us 2-3 places in the draft!

Posted by: TheDirtySanchez | January 3, 2010 5:21 PM |

Quick, Bruce, put the dud back in as play caller.

Posted by: TubularBells | January 3, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Adam Schefter reporting that:

"Zorn will return next year".

Posted by: rickyroge

Meth must be one hell of a drug. jk

Reference, please?

Posted by: mohammed10 | January 3, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

hey dirty,
just repeating what the Commentators said. I dont know any of the Chargers players....cept Rivers, Merriman, and Thomlinson..
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To all the morons claiming that SD is playing 3rd & 4th stringers....you realize that they only dress 47 for the game. So taking the P, K, LS out of the mix that is 44 players. So for the most part, they are playing a mix of first & second stringers.

You guys whine more than the James family....just lie back and enjoy the last game for 8 months and root for a win like a real fan!

Posted by: TheDirtySanchez | January 3, 2010 5:32 PM

Posted by: cliftonbiz | January 3, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Adam Schefter reporting that:

"Zorn will return next year".

Posted by: rickyroge | January 3, 2010 5:39 PM |

Yes, for shore. To Cattle! Hah!

Posted by: TubularBells | January 3, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Winning this game?

It's 14-13 at the half.

I fully expect the Skins Starters to find a way to lose to the Bolts Backups.

Would anyone be surprised?

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 3, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

actually drops to 7th or 8th.. There is a log jam of 5 win teams.
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Whoever said that Zorn will sick it to the Danny by trying to win this one (thus moving the draft pick from #4 to #5) may be onto something.

Posted by: mohammed10 | January 3, 2010 5:40 PM

Posted by: cliftonbiz | January 3, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

touchdown against 3rd String backups.... say goodbye to 4th pick....
Norv's real revenge..

Posted by: cliftonbiz | January 3, 2010 5:36 PM

Sure, biz. Norv is really eager to lose to the Redskins. That will have him smiling through the off season. Nothing will give him greater pleasure than letting the Redskins take a game from him.

Posted by: League-Source | January 3, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Greg Williams? Norv had us in playoffs a little....
idk, im just like all you all and sick of the shanahanagens lol. you know what i mean lol

Posted by: ebbline | January 3, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Is there anyone on this blog that would like to advocate for keeping Zorn?

Posted by: rickyroge | January 3, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Why not Russ Grimm? That's who I would tab as head coach not a retread looking to get paid like Shanahan or Cowher. Grimm is what this franchise needs.

Posted by: Skins1 | January 3, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who want the team to lose, keep in mind that many early 1st Round draft picks are busts.

Posted by: jiacinto | January 3, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I would bive grimm a shot before a retread/reject or just keep zorn still but keep play callin like it was with shermin cuz he was clearly doing better. or bring back greg williams maybe

Posted by: ebbline | January 3, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

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