Packers Lose to Redskins 16-13

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Packers lose to Washington Redskins 16-13 in overtime: After Mason Crosby knocked a 53-yard field goal off the left upright in the final seconds of regulation and Aaron Rodgers threw an interception in overtime, it was Washington and its quarterback who walked off FedEx Field with the 16-13 victory. The dejected Packers were left with defeat plus an injury list long on quality and quantity as they head into the guts of their 2010 schedule. “Outplayed them easily,” cornerback Tramon Williams said. “But ya gotta outscore people, you can’t just out-play ’em. That’s the problem.” The problem is the Packers are 3-2, a game behind the 4-1 Chicago Bears in the NFC North Division and, far more importantly, are hitting a more challenging stretch of their schedule with several of their most important players possibly sidelined for at least a week.  Depending on the severity of the injuries, the Packers face a potentially severe test of their depth and resolve. After Miami this week, they have a home game against NFC North Division rival Minnesota, play the swaggering Jets in New York and then return home against NFC contender Dallas before hitting their bye.

Grades: OFFENSE–B-. All the yardage in the world doesn’t go far when you fail to convert third downs, short-yardage plays and red-zone opportunities. Brandon Jackson ran better, but Aaron Rodgers took a pounding late in the game. DEFENSE–C. When Clay Matthews left the field, the pass rush went with him. The run defense was terrific all day. Fill-in safety Charlie Peprah had a long day. Late penalties on Brady Poppinga and Charles Woodson were costly. SPECIAL TEAMS–D. Mason Crosby missed two field goals, including a 53-yarder off the upright at the end of regulation. Tramon Williams’ 52-yard punt return was a sight for sore eyes. Derrick Martin is a penalty waiting to happen. OVERALL–C-. With many of its key players out by the end, Green Bay let slip away a game it should have won. Poor play-calling on the goal line and six dropped passes kept the Packers from taking a bigger first-half lead.

Packers squander more chances in loss to Redskins: The Packers simply blew chance after chance.  The team was 2-for-13 on third downs and failed to convert third-and-less-than-5 yards four times. An opportunity to take a 14-0 lead was missed in the second quarter when the offense couldn’t score on three consecutive plays inside the 1-yard line, including fourth down. The Packers had seven dropped passes, including four from the normally sure-handed Donald Driver. They failed to score on seven consecutive possessions after halftime, including two field-goal misses by Mason Crosby.   “It’s like one of those things where you know you should beat this guy, and you never do,” tight end Jermichael Finley said. “I think we should have had this game in the bag a long time ago.” Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who sustained a concussion on the final offensive snap, has thrown for five touchdowns and four interceptions over the last three weeks. “When you don’t make those plays … guys get frustrated (with) themselves,” Driver said. “When you do that, you don’t go out there and make the next one. We’ve all got to look at ourselves in the mirror right now, knowing that we let two games slip away that we should have won. “We beat ourselves and you have to deal with the situation.”

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