This Week in Redskins History has become a popular social media post since the start of the season. The thing is, I can’t tell the whole story of the game in the 55 seconds allotted for the spot. So, each week I’ll present the story of the game with some more meat on the bones. This is from the pages of my book The Redskins Chronicle.
REDSKINS STADIUM--Washington matched the biggest comeback win in the team’s history with a 38-36 win over Carolina.
The Redskins spent the first quarter trying and failing to catch Carolina’s Tim Biakabutuka. The RB scored on runs of 60, one and 45 yards as Carolina built a 21-0 lead in the first nine minutes of the game.
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The Redskins recovered nicely, taking a 28-24 lead before halftime on Brad Johnson’s third TD pass of the second quarter, a 62-yard bomb to a wide-open Albert Connell. After another Johnson-to-Connell scoring connection built the lead to 35-24, Carolina clawed back into the lead. A pair of field goals and a touchdown pass gave the Panthers a one-point lead halfway through the fourth quarter.
All seemed lost when Brian Mitchell fumbled after fielding a punt and Carolina recovered. However, the Redskins retained possession when replays revealed that Mitchell’s knee had hit the ground prior to the fumble. The Redskins took full advantage of their second life. Soon after Stephen Davis converted a fourth and one near midfield at the two-minute warning, Johnson found Michael Westbrook for 19 yards to the Carolina 12. Brett Conway’s game-winning 31-yard FG came with six seconds left.
Note: The Redskins' record for the biggest comeback has since been surpassed; they overcame a 24-point deficit to beat the Bucs in Week 7 in 2015.