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Redskins Win It on Run

November 04, 2002|From Associated Press

SEATTLE — Kenny Watson was steady, so it didn't matter that Shane Matthews wasn't spectacular.

Watson ran for 110 yards in place of injured Stephen Davis, and Matthews threw two first-half touchdown passes to lead the Washington Redskins past the struggling Seattle Seahawks, 14-3, Sunday.

"That was one of the most unusual games I have ever coached," Washington Coach Steve Spurrier said. "We just didn't do much.

"We didn't throw or catch very well the whole game, but fortunately we won."

Matthews was 10 for 27 for 114 yards with one interception. But he preserved his status as Spurrier's starter of the moment by throwing an 11-yard touchdown pass to Darnerien McCants and a 19-yarder to Rod Gardner.

"He is still our best quarterback," Spurrier said.

With the Washington defense forcing two fumbles by Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and keeping the Seahawks out of the end zone, the Redskins (4-4) didn't need to score in the second half.

"We're playing close football games and we're losing them, for whatever reason," said Seattle Coach Mike Holmgren, whose team fell to 2-6. "The cumulative toll is starting to catch up with us."

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