LANDOVER, Md. --- For the fourth time in five weeks, the nerves mounted along the Washington Redskins sideline as the game once again came down to the final snap. They're finding all sorts of ways to win -- except, that is, by taking a knee.
This time the shouts of exultation had to wait until Graham Gano's 33-yard field goal sailed through the uprights 6:54 into overtime. It gave the Redskins a 16-13 win over the Green Bay Packers and an unexpected 3-2 record for a team that won only four games last season.
It's almost too much to take.
"You wish you could do something different, man," receiver Santana Moss said, shaking his head. "But I'll take 'em. As long as they're Ws out there, I'll take 'em."
Washington has had two games go to overtime and two that ended on passes thrown into the end zone by the opposing team at the end of regulation. This one came after the Redskins were thoroughly dominated for much of the afternoon, the defense allowing 427 yards and the offense allowing Donovan McNabb to get sacked five times. They also overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
But the Redskins have come out on top more often than not, a switch universally attributed in the locker room to new coach Mike Shanahan.
"These are the games," fullback Mike Sellers said, "we didn't win in the past."
Already banged up coming into the game, Green Bay also had Donald Lee (shoulder), Jermichael Finley (knee), Ryan Pickett (ankle), Clay Matthews (hamstring) and Derrick Martin (knee) leave with injuries. After the game, the Packers revealed Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion.
"It's just one of those seasons, and we've still got to focus in, and we've got to keep clicking. I still think we can be the team that we want to be. It's the 'Year of the Takeover' still," Finley said. "It ain't changed just 'cause of one loss."