LANDOVER, Md. — Needing a touchdown against the NFL's top-ranked defense to win the game, Trent Green implored his offensive line to block. Norv Turner, out of receivers, sent a player with a fractured collarbone on the field as a decoy.
Then, improbably, the Washington Redskins (4-9) had their first fourth-quarter winning drive since Turner became coach in 1994. With 1:54 remaining, Green found Leslie Shepherd wide open in the right corner of the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown in Sunday's 24-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers (5-8).
"It's nice to win a game late in the fourth quarter," said Turner, whose 30-46-1 record includes two overtime victories but no fourth-quarter winning rallies before Sunday.
The winning catch was set up by a 17-yard punt return by Brian Mitchell, who also ran back a kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown in the first half. After Mitchell got the ball to San Diego's 44 with 2:34 to play, Green had a message for a line that earlier had allowed a franchise-record 54th sack.