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Redskins spoil Warner's return

©Associated Press
November 25, 2002

LANDOVER, Md. -- The Rams were a chip shot field goal away from overtime when Kurt Warner lost the ball.

LaVar Arrington made the strip and Daryl Gardener made the recovery at the 13-yard line to give the Redskins a 20-17 win based on ball control and an error-free game from Danny Wuerffel.

"We would like to have had a little less drama, but we'll take the win any way we can," said Wuerffel, who completed 16 of 23 for 235 yards with no interceptions and no sacks. "We had a great game plan."

Stephen Davis scored three touchdowns and ran for 88 yards on 31 carries. The Redskins, who had an 86-37 pass-run ratio in their two-game losing streak, passed 24 times and ran 39.

"Now we're in position to go to Dallas with a little bit of momentum," Washington coach Steve Spurrier said. "Hopefully we'll play a little better than today and try to get back into whatever playoff race there is."

Both teams acknowledged that they have slim playoff chances.

Rams receiver Torry Holt: "It's a five-game season. We have to go 5-0 no matter how we win it: 3-zip or 2-zip."

Redskins tackle Chris Samuels: "We have to win out and try to get into the playoffs."

The Rams had won five straight after an 0-5 start and were down 20-10 in the fourth quarter before Warner put them in position to tie or win. The final drive started at the St. Louis 20 with 3:28 left. Warner moved the team until his fumble on first-and-goal at the 6 with 17 seconds remaining.

"That's what you dream about all your life, saving the game," Arrington said.

Warner had missed five games with a broken finger. He completed his first 15 passes and was 34-for-49 for 301 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.

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