Rams 19

(1-4, 1-2 away)

Redskins 17

(4-2, 2-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 12, 2008

FedEx Field, Landover, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
STL 3 7 6 319
WSH 7 0 0 1017

Top Performers

Passing: J. Campbell (WSH) - 208 YDS

Rushing: C. Portis (WSH) - 21 CAR, 129 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Randle El (WSH) - 5 REC, 87 YDS

Rams dump Skins in Haslett's debut with 49-yard kick at end 

Associated Press

LANDOVER, Md. -- The St. Louis Rams seemed almost determined to sink to 0-5.

Fast Facts

• Of the 19 points the Rams scored, 13 were by the special teams unit and six were by the defense.

• The Redskins fumbled three times after coming into the season with no turnovers on offense.

• By holding the Redskins to 17 points, the Rams end a streak of seven straight games of allowing 30 or more points to their opponent, dating back to last season.

-- ESPN research

They fumbled at their own 4-yard line on their second play from scrimmage. They were going nowhere until a fluke turnover flipped the momentum. They blew a nine-point lead in the fourth quarter. They set themselves up for a gimme field goal to win the game, then committed a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

But this is the start of the Jim Haslett era, so maybe the ball is finally going to bounce the Rams' way. The defense forced the Washington Redskins offense into its first three turnovers of the season, and Josh Brown kicked a 49-yard field goal on the last play Sunday to give the two-touchdown underdogs a 19-17 victory.

Clutch Endings

In a nine-minute stretch on Sunday, a host of NFL teams put together some dramatic plays. Not all ended in victory.

• Kyle Orton's 17-yd TD pass to Rashied Davis gives the Bears a 20-19 lead over the Falcons with 11 seconds left at 4:00:12 ET.

• Ryan Longwell's 26-yd FG gives the Vikings a 12-10 lead over the Lions with 12 seconds left at 4:03:01 ET.

• Matt Schaub's 3-yd TD run gives the Texans a 29-28 lead over the Dolphins with three seconds left at 4:04:08 ET.

• Josh Brown's 49-yd FG gives the Rams a 19-17 win with no time left at 4:08:24 ET.

• Jason Elam's 48-yd FG gives the Falcons a 22-20 win over the Bears with no time left at 4:09:01 ET.

-- ESPN research

"I'm kind of, like, blank. I don't know if I want to cry or laugh," Rams linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa said. "A lot of emotions hit me at once. It's different, but a good different."

A lot of emotions? Darn right. There was plenty of the bizarre in a game that ended the franchise's eight-game losing streak over two seasons and helped put Scott Linehan, fired two weeks ago before the bye, firmly in the rearview mirror.

The Redskins, guilty of playing down to the opposition after two big NFC East road wins, appeared set to win their fifth straight game when Clinton Portis' 2-yard run with 3:47 left gave Washington a 17-16 lead. St. Louis, however, had enough time to mount a comeback. Reinstalled starter Marc Bulger hit Donnie Avery down the right sideline for a 43-yard gain on third-and-13 to move into field-goal territory.

But the Rams (1-4), being the Rams, nearly botched it from there. With his team trying to kill the clock to set up for the easy kick, lineman Richie Incognito said something to an official that prompted a yellow flag. Brown, who was already 3-for-3 in the game, no longer had a chip shot to win it.

"I was just kind of angry," Brown said.

Incognito claimed he doesn't know what he said to provoke the official, and Haslett also tried to plead his player's case.

"If you're going to call a penalty on a guy who swears -- if he did swear -- then there's going to be a lot of flags flying out there," Haslett said.

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Washington (4-2) was playing as a huge favorite for the first time under coach Jim Zorn, and it showed. Portis said the Redskins overlooked the Rams, who were supposed to be the first of three easy wins in the soft part of the schedule.

"The headlines got good. The guys started high-fiving," Portis said. "We hadn't thought ahead all season long until this week. ... The previous four games, the focus was there."

The Redskins entered the game as the only team in NFL history to open a season with no offensive turnovers through its first five games, but that bit of good fortune ended with three lost fumbles in four possessions.

The Rams were able to convert only one into a score, but it was the type of weird play that can give a struggling team the lift it needs.

With the Redskins in scoring position near the end of the first half, a pass tipped at the line of scrimmage ended up in the hands of offensive lineman Pete Kendall. Tinoisamoa knocked the ball away from Kendall, and Oshiomogho Atogwe picked it up and ran 75 yards for the touchdown that gave the Rams a 10-7 lead -- and momentum that carried into the second half.

"I'm sitting there waiting for someone to blow a whistle or challenge the play or something like that to happen because that's how our year's been," Tinoisamoa said. "But I think this kind of signifies the tides are changing."

Kendall, meanwhile, took the blame for the loss, saying he should have just knocked the ball down.

"If I do that, all things being equal, we win the game today," he said.

Steven Jackson had 111 total yards, but his fumble on the first possession gave the Redskins an early touchdown. Bulger went 15-for-26 for 136 yards and had two potential interceptions dropped. The Rams, whose offense is run by former Redskins assistant Al Saunders, were outgained 368-200.

Portis ran 21 times for 129 yards, his third straight 100-yard game.

"We just lost to a team that's 0-4," defensive end Jason Taylor said. "We're probably better than them, but they were better than us today."

Game notes

Rams CB Ricky Manning Jr. broke a bone in his ankle, leaving the team with three cornerbacks for the second half. RB Brian Leonard (shoulder) and LT Orlando Pace (pulled quad) were also hurt. ... Redskins injuries: RB Ladell Betts (sprained knee), LT Chris Samuels (sprained knee), S Chris Horton (sprained ankle) and WR James Thrash (sprained knee). ... Redskins P Durant Brooks struggled again. His 26-yard punt in the third quarter set up Brown's third field goal. "We have to improve our punting or we're going to be in trouble every game," Zorn said.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs822
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5461
Total Yards200368
Yards per play3.76.0
Total Drives1411
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-22-3
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders

Randle El58717.4029

Scoring Summary

wshTD10:50Clinton Portis, 3 yd run (Shaun Suisham kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 3 yds, 0:00
stlFG4:06Josh Brown 51 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 29 yds, 4:27
stlTD0:26Oshiomogho Atogwe, 75 yd fumble return (Josh Brown kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 42 yds, 1:53
stlFG8:25Josh Brown 25 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 51 yds, 6:39
stlFG0:29Josh Brown 44 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 7 yds, 2:10
wshFG10:43Shaun Suisham 38 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 59 yds, 4:46
wshTD3:53Clinton Portis, 2 yd run (Shaun Suisham kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 73 yds, 4:31
stlFG0:02Josh Brown 49 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 45 yds, 3:47