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Graham Gano’s 26-Yard Field Goal Has Redskins, Vikings Tied At Halftime
LANDOVER, Md. – Graham Gano made a 26-yard field goal with 1:02 remaining in the first half as the Washington Redskins scored 10 unanswered points to tie Minnesota, 10-10, at halftime of the final game of the season at FedEx Field.
Donte Stallworth added a touchdown catch with 10:46 remaining in the second quarter for the Redskins (5-9), who are seeking their first home victory – and first two-game winning streak – since defeating Arizona on Sept. 18.
Minnesota (2-12), trying to avoid its first seven-game losing streak since 1961, its first season, took a 3-0 lead with 7:11 to play when Ryan Longwell made a 36-yard field goal off a fumble by Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman. It then added a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter when Adrian Peterson ran one yard into the end zone – a 13-play drive that could have ended after six plays but Redskins fullback Mike Sellers was ruled to be offsides on a punt.
Longwell also had a chance to extend Minnesota’s lead with 5:39 remaining but Longwell missed a 49-yard field goal attempt wide right.
Grossman went 9-for-16 for 118 yards and the touchdown pass in the first half. Evan Royster, in for the injured Roy Helu, has nine carries for 48 yards, while Stallworth and fullback Darrel Young have each caught two passes – Stallworth for 24 yards and the touchdown, and Young for 33 yards.
Peterson has 11 carries for 35 yards and the touchdown for Minnesota, while quarterback Christian Ponder is 8-for-12 for 68 yards.