Landover, MD (WWBT)- Not since 2007 had the Redskins started the season 2-0, but some late game heroics by Washington's field goal kicker and a forced turnover led Washington to a come-from-behind win and kept the squad perfect on the young season.
Graham Gano's 34 yard field goal split the uprights with 1:50 remaining and served as the eventual game winner in Washington's 22-21 thrilling victory over Arizona on Sunday. The Cardinals kicked off the scoring with 3:54 remaining in the first quarter, when Kevin Kolb hit tight end and former Virginia Tech standout Jeff King for a 17 yard touchdown. Washington would chip into the lead in the second, when Gano hit a 26 yarder to cut the lead to 7-3. The Redskins took their first lead of the day with 3:04 to play in the first half, when Rex Grossman found Fred Davis for the score from one yard out, and that 10-7 count held up at halftime.
Arizona would go back in front late in the third quarter on a Beanie Wells two yard touchdown run, and after a Gano field goal trimmed the Cardinal lead to one, Kolb hooked up with Larry Fitzgerald on a 73 yard touchdown connection that extending Arizona's advantage to eight points. Grossman would answer, and do so in a clutch situation. On fourth down and three from the Cardinal 18 yard line, Grossman found Santana Moss in the endzone and cut the Arizona lead to 21-19 after a failed two point conversion attempt. The Redskins would get the ball back, setting up Gano's heroics, and Byron Westbrook forced Chansi Stuckey to fumble on the Cardinals' first play from scrimmage following the field goal, as the Redskins recovered to clinch the victory.
Former Richmond Spider Tim Hightower put together a solid day against the team that traded him in July. Hightower finished the day with 96 rushing yards on 20 carries. Grossman was 25-of-43 for 291 yards, along with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Davis led the Redskins in receiving, pulling in six catches for 86 yards and the score.
Washington hits the road for the first time this season next week, as the Redskins head to Dallas for Monday Night Football.