[Editor's Note: This game will teach me to write leads before the end of the game.]
This was a rivalry game that was too big for 60 minutes. Instead, it needed 69:21 exhibition of some of the best football that the Redskins played all year. And long after the clock struck zero, this team kept fighting.
It just wasn’t quite enough.
In the post-game locker room, Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker described football as a game of inches. Appropriately, a few inches here and a few inches there were the difference in the score at the end of the game.
Players said that head coach Mike Shanahan told his team that this was a game that they deserved to win, and compared to the team that got shut out in Toronto three weeks ago, he’s right. Compared to the Redskins teams that took the field against the Cowboys (part one), Eagles, Panthers, 49ers, Dolphins, or even the Rams, this was a team that deserved to win.
But they didn’t quite pull it off.
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