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Redskins... 24 Bears... 16

December 07, 2007|From the Associated Press

LANDOVER, Md. -- Only days removed from burying a teammate, and without the benefit of a full practice, the Washington Redskins managed to win thanks to a backup quarterback who last completed a pass in 2004.

Todd Collins came on for the injured Jason Campbell and threw two touchdown passes Thursday, leading Washington to a 24-16 victory over the Chicago Bears that ended the Redskins' four-game losing streak.

In a rough-and-tumble game befitting two teams that entered on the very fringe of the playoff chase in the NFC, both lost their starting quarterbacks in the first half. Campbell left for good because of a dislocated left kneecap a few plays after hurting his throwing elbow. Chicago's Rex Grossman never returned from a left knee injury on the Bears' second possession.

Grossman's replacement, Brian Griese, threw interceptions on consecutive passes in the second quarter, both picked off by Shawn Springs. The first set up Collins' 21-yard touchdown pass to another backup, tight end Todd Yoder, to help Washington (6-7) build a 14-0 lead.

Collins was 15 for 20 for 224 yards and his first two scores since 2002, when he played for Kansas City.

Griese was 21 for 45 for 295 yards and one touchdown, but he also raised his season interception total to 12 in seven appearances for the reigning NFC champion Bears (5-8).

Both teams had a short turnaround from their previous games Sunday, but the Redskins' preparation was even more limited. The entire organization traveled to Florida for Monday's funeral of safety Sean Taylor, who died after being shot last week. Coincidentally, tickets for the game, printed months ago, featured a picture of Taylor.

Quoteworthy: "It seems like it's been forever since we won a game. This team's overcome so much. . . . It's been an emotional roller coaster for us." -- Joe Gibbs, Redskins coach

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