LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- Warren Sapp presented the game ball to an
emotional Norv Turner, who got to leave on time and without a
second thought to the whim of Dan Snyder.
Turner was victorious Sunday in his return to FedEx Field,
leading his Oakland Raiders to a 16-13 victory over the Washington
Redskins, coming out on the winning side of the type of cliffhanger
that never seemed to go his way when he was the head coach in the
nation's capital for seven years.
"We know what happened, we know the emotion and the excitement
he had to come back here," defensive end Bobby Hamilton said. "We
gave him the game ball, coming back to the team who ran him out. He
was very excited, very emotional. He dropped his head. He was
excited because he got a win."
Turner's last game at the stadium was Dec. 3, 2000, when he was
left waiting for several hours while owner Snyder plotted a
coaching change that was announced the next morning. Turner's final
loss was a 9-7 defeat to the New York Giants, which left him with a
heartbreaking 10-20-1 record in games decided by three points or
"I coached in a lot of games here where if we could've got a
sack on the last play like that before they had a chance to throw
the ball, we would've won a lot more games. That's how you win and
lose," said Turner, who has also seen his Raiders lose three games
decided in the final minute this season.
"I had seven great years here," Turner said. "So, yeah, it's
great to come back. It was important for our team to get a win."
Sebastian Janikowski's 19-yard field goal with 1:08 remaining
was the difference. Kerry Collins' 49-yard touchdown pass to Jerry
Porter was the game's only offensive touchdown as the Raiders (4-6)
rallied from a 13-3 halftime deficit.
But the end didn't come without some 1-yard-line controversy for
the second straight week for the Redskins. Last week, coach Joe
Gibbs felt Mike Alstott's decisive 2-point conversion in the final
minute should have been overturned by instant replay in a 36-35
defeat at Tampa Bay. This week, Gibbs was unhappy when the
officials ruled that LaMont Jordan was down before fumbling at the
1 on the Raiders' game-winning drive.
"That's one of those calls where you see the ball out and you
think it's going to go your way, but the refs call him down, and
that's what you've got to live with," Gibbs said.
The Redskins (5-5) have had six games decided by three points or
fewer. They have lost five of their last seven and fell two games
behind the Dallas and the Giants in the NFC East. They also dropped
to 4-1 at home and -- after losing three more fumbles -- have an
terrible minus-13 turnover differential.
"We lost it, we've got to deal with it," linebacker LaVar
Arrington said. "This team has got to cross over from being close
to winning games to understanding that we can win those games."
Collins went 5-for-6 on the winning drive, moving his team 50
yards in a series that typified the game. The Raiders kept getting
in the red zone, but they couldn't punch it in. Still, Porter's
touchdown -- when he was mismatched against linebacker Lemar
Marshall -- and Janikowski's field goals were enough against the
The Raiders' defense held Washington to 28 yards in the fourth
quarter. The two quarterbacks' fourth-quarter numbers tell the
story: Collins was 9-for-12, while Mark Brunell went 2-for-11.
Porter finished with six catches for a season-high 142 yards.
Collins went 19-for-36 for 289 yards with a touchdown, plus an
interception that was returned 17 yards by Marshall for a touchdown
in the first quarter.
But this game was all about the coach.
"The guy loves this game, he loves our team, and he loves what
he does," Collins said. "He puts his heart and soul into this
thing, so when you have days like this it's gratifying to see him
as happy as he was after the game."
The Redskins, who put David Patten on injured reserve on
Friday, lost another receiver when James Thrash pulled a hamstring
in the second quarter. ... Redskins H-back Mike Sellers
hospitalized for a possible bruised kidney after a fourth-quarter
clip by Isaiah Ekejiuba. ... Oakland's Shane Lechler had a punt of
50-plus yards for the 31st straight game, breaking the record held
by Rich Tuten (Seattle, 1993-95) for the longest such streak since
1970. ... The Redskins have lost nine straight to AFC teams.