Redskins 17, Panthers 13
Sunday, November 26th 2006, 3:23 pm
By: News On 6
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Jason Campbell more than doubled his day's production with a single pass to Chris Cooley.
The Washington Redskins tight end caught the ball at midfield, escaped 2 tackles and ran down the sideline to finish off a career-long 66-yard reception, the winning touchdown in Sunday's 17-13 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
For a while, the only interesting highlights were 2 blocked punts and an incredible catch by Carolina's Steve Smith at the back of the end zone.
The victory broke a 2-game losing streak for the Redskins (4-7) and gave Campbell his first win in his second NFL start. The team responded well to coach Joe Gibbs' call to return to his principles of running the ball and stopping the run, but it took the big play to Cooley with 4:26 remaining to beat the Panthers (6-5) in a game dominated by defense.
Campbell had only 52 yards passing when he hit Cooley on a 3rd & 8 at the Washington 34. Campbell finished 11-23 for 118 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Ladell Betts, the Redskins featured running back now that Clinton Portis is out for the year, ran for 104 yards on 24 carries.
The Redskins defense had its first good game of the season, and it was a gem. The Panthers were held to 264 total yards, and the much maligned secondary limited Smith to 34 yards on 5 catches. Safety Sean Taylor made a tackle on 4th down to stop Carolina's next to last drive, and he intercepted Jake Delhomme in the end zone to end the Panthers' last possession.