Final/OT

Panthers 23

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Redskins 20

(1-1, 1-1 home)

8:00 PM ET, August 14, 2004

 

1 2 3 4 OT T
CAR 3 0 14 3 323
WSH 0 3 7 10 020

Ramsey looks rusty for Redskins

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- Long after Mark Brunell made his move in the Washington Redskins' quarterbacks competition, the Carolina Panthers ruined a weird homecoming for Joe Gibbs.

John Kasay kicked a 52-yard field goal with 7:31 left in overtime, lifting the defending NFC champions to a 23-20 victory Saturday night.

Kasay's kick followed Carolina's fourth interception of the game, the second against third-stringer Tim Hasselbeck. The first one set up a 37-yard field goal by Kasay with 23 seconds left in regulation, forcing overtime.

Gibbs coached the Redskins for 12 years through 1992, when they played their home games at RFK Stadium in Washington. He signed on for another stint in January, and although the Redskins now play at FedEx Field, Gibbs spoke excitedly about coaching again in front of the home fans in the days leading up to the game.

But walking the sideline at FedEx Field turned out to be an odd sensation.

"I think this first go-round was certainly different for me," Gibbs said. "I haven't been here coaching in this stadium. It was a little bit strange."

Unfortunately, the stadium was half-empty because of wet weather, and the Redskins provided little to cheer about until Brunell's 61-yard touchdown pass to Darnerien McCants in the third quarter tied the game at 10.

Brunell's numbers weren't spectacular: 6-for-15 for 119 yards and an interception. But he led the Redskins to 10 points after starter Patrick Ramsey (4-for-11, 62 yards, 1 INT) produced only three first downs in five series.

"I don't know, so much is made of that right now," Brunell said of the duel at quarterback. "That isn't a concern. The coaches will make those decisions. We don't control that. The focus right now is getting our offense on track."

Ramsey, who came in relief of Brunell in the Redskins' 20-17 victory over Denver on Monday, has yet to direct a scoring drive during the preseason.

"It was rough tonight," Ramsey said. "I played about as badly as I can remember playing in a long time. I've got to improve."

Playing for the first time since the Super Bowl, the Panthers used their starters for only the first quarter. Third-string quarterback Chris Weinke threw two third-quarter touchdown passes to second-round draft pick Keary Colbert, covering 42 and 68 yards.

"This is something I've been wanting to do for a long period of time," Colbert said. "But my work is not complete. It's one game, one day. There's a lot of work for me to do."

That's pretty much how coach John Fox assessed the Panthers' progress.

"It wasn't up to par, but that's why they call it preseason," Fox said.

Carolina's Stephen Davis, who played for Washington two years ago, ran for 28 yards on seven carries. Jake Delhomme went 4-for-8 for 44 yards before leaving with the Panthers up 3-0.

Backup Rodney Peete was intercepted by Todd Franz midway through the second quarter, and Brunell entered for the first time. He promptly completed a 24-yard pass to rookie Chris Cooley, setting up a field goal by John Hall.

The Redskins stumbled from the outset, when James Thrash and Gari Scott bumped shoulder pads while settling under the opening kickoff. On first down, Ramsey fumbled the snap, and Portis was stopped for no gain. Ramsey then threw a pass that should have been intercepted, but Carolina safety Colin Branch dropped the wet football.

Minutes later, a Carolina punt hit flat-footed back judge Steve Freeman at the 1 and was downed at the 2, putting Ramsey in a deep hole for his second series.

On second down Ramsey again fumbled the snap, and Redskins left tackle Chris Samuels grabbed the ball at the 1. But a 19-yard punt return by Steve Smith gave Carolina possession at the Washington 31, and Kasay kicked a field goal after the Panthers were stuffed on three runs from inside the 5.

Ramsey completed a pass to Laveranues Coles for 34 yards late in the quarter. Two plays later, however, Dante Wesley intercepted Ramsey's underthrown pass.

Redskins running back Clinton Portis left early in the second quarter after gaining 15 yards on five carries. In two games, he's rushed for 26 yards on nine attempts.

Game notes


It was Carolina's first-ever win in Washington. ... Injuries for Washington: CB Rufus Brown (bruised right thigh); OL Mark Wilson (broken nose); TE Fred Baxter (right knee). ... Injuries for Carolina included LB Jessie Armstead (shoulder strain); FB Casey Moore (ankle); LB Brian Allen (hamstring).

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Carolina
Washington
1st Downs1416
3rd down efficiency
2-181-14
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Yards346329
Yards per play4.94.7
Total Drives11
Passing242227
Comp-Att
16-3416-41
Yards per pass
7.15.5
Interceptions thrown
14
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-83-19
Rushing104102
Rushing Attempts
3426
Yards per rush
3.13.9
Penalties13-12011-89
Turnovers14
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
14
Possession37:1830:11

Passing Leaders

CARC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Weinke5/1012312.3202-8
Peete4/9485.3010-0
WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Brunell6/151197.9111-3
Hasselbeck6/15654.3021-9

Rushing Leaders

CARCARYDSAVGTDLG
Davis7284.008
Harris7273.9016
WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cartwright8475.9034
McCullough8263.3114

Receiving Leaders

CARRECYDSAVGTDLG
Colbert313143.7268
Muhammad12525.0025
WSHRECYDSAVGTDLG
McCants27839.0161
Coles35518.3034

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCARWSH
FG10:06JOHN KASAY 19 YD 30
SECOND QUARTERCARWSH
FG9:29JOHN HALL 23 YD 33
THIRD QUARTERCARWSH
TD7:35KEARY COLBERT 42 YD PASS FROM CHRIS WEINKE (JOHN KASAY KICK) 103
TD10:49DARNERIEN MCCANTS 61 YD PASS FROM MARK BRUNELL (OLA KIMRIN KICK) 1010
TD12:30KEARY COLBERT 68 YD PASS FROM CHRIS WEINKE (JOHN KASAY KICK) 1710
FOURTH QUARTERCARWSH
TD4:02SULTAN MCCULLOUGH 14 YD RUN (OLA KIMRIN KICK) 1717
FG8:52OLA KIMRIN 34 YD 1720
FG14:37JOHN KASAY 37 YD 2020
OVERTIMECARWSH
FG7:29JOHN KASAY 52 YD 2320