LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Darrel Young had carried the ball only twice all season.
He had scored only three touchdowns in his three-plus years in the NFL.
Now he’s in the spotlight.
Young scored three times Sunday, including a 4-yard run in overtime that gave the Washington Redskins a 30-24 win over the San Diego Chargers.
Young stormed his way into the end zone 6:01 into the extra period, with the Redskins scoring on their first drive after winning the coin toss at the end of regulation.
Washington blew a 10-point lead in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, but a goal-line stand at the 1-yard line helped send the game to overtime.
Robert Griffin III completed 23 of 32 passes for 291 yards with one interception and ran six times for 17 yards, including a 10-yard ramble that ended when he was flung to the turf by Thomas Keiser near the sideline.
Griffin has been far from consistent in his second NFL season, but he was an RG3-style showcase player Sunday.
Griffin overcame an early interception in his own end zone and lived dangerously throughout the game, pitching the ball at the last minute and scrambling for open space.
He also found receivers when they were open — something else that’s been missing this season — and kept raising his hands in celebration as Young kept crossing the goal line.
Alfred Morris rushed 25 times for 121 yards and a score, Pierre Garcon had seven receptions for 172 yards, and the defense intercepted Philip Rivers twice as the Redskins (3-5), despite their record, remained competitive in the weak NFC East.
The Chargers (4-4) had a chance to win in the final seconds of regulation, but they couldn’t get 1 final yard.
Rivers’ completion to Danny Woodhead with 21 seconds remaining was initially ruled a go-ahead touchdown, but replay review showed that the running back didn’t touch the pylon with the ball.
Then, with the ball placed at the 6-inch line, the Chargers failed to score with one run and two pass plays. They settled for a 19-yard field goal by Nick Novak with three seconds to play.
The Redskins drove 78 yards on the game-winning drive in overtime, with rookie tight end Jordan Reed keeping the drive alive by muscling his way for a first down on a third-and-8 catch.
A marginal personal foul call on linebacker Andrew Gachkar for a hit on Garcon moved the ball to the 13, eventually setting up Young’s TD.
The Redskins took a 24-14 lead on a field goal with 6:59 remaining in regulation, but the Chargers pulled within three on rookie Keenan Allen’s 16-yard touchdown catch with 4:10 to play.
Rivers was 29 for 46 for 341 yards with two touchdowns. His 15-yard screen pass to Eddie Royal gave the Chargers a 14-7 lead in the final minute of the first half, but the Chargers went punt-punt-interception to start the second half.
The Chargers (4-4) built their first-half advantage on special teams. They blocked two field goals — and put two punts down at the 1-yard line.
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