If you got a bad feeling about the Redskins chances for a win after the Seahawks took a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter yesterday you have a good read on their recent history.
Seattle took a 17-7 lead with 12:45 left to play. Only twice since the 2000 season have the Redskins overcome a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit to win a game.
The last time it happened was last year in Week 5. The Redskins trailed the Packers 13-3 going into the fourth quarter. As was the case yesterday, Anthony Armstrong scored a key touchdown with a spectacular catch of a long pass. Yesterday the heave came from Rex Grossman from 50 yards out. Against the Packers it was Donovan McNabb connecting with Armstrong, who made a leaping grab in the end zone with a defender draped all over him (play pictured above). That cut the Green Bay lead to 13-10. Graham Gano field goals of 45 and 33 yards tied the game and then won it in overtime, respectively.
That game was at FedEx Field. The last time they overcame a double-digit deficit to win on the road was on a Monday night in 2005 in Dallas. Most Redskins fans well remember lightning striking twice in Texas Stadium in the form of two late touchdown bombs from Mark Brunell to Santana Moss. Well, those of you who hadn’t gone to bed in frustration yet, anyway.
You have to go back to 1999 to find a 10-point rally prior to that. Those Redskins clinched their last division title by overcoming a 20-10 deficit entering the fourth quarter in San Francisco to take a 26-20 overtime win.