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Redskins haunted by missed opportunity in the fourth quarter

Date published: 12/11/2006


On fourth down, newly signed kicker Shaun Suisham converted a 35-yard field goal that left the Redskins trailing 21-19 with 4:58 remaining. They never got the ball back as the Eagles were able to run out the clock.

Campbell said he didn't disagree with the decision to use Duckett near the goal line in place of Betts.

"He's a big, physical guy," Campbell said. "You figure when he gets down there, his body size will take it two yards."

Suisham's field goal was his fourth of the game. While he performed better than the departed John Hall and Nick Novak, the Redskins would've preferred touchdowns.

The inability to take the lead late was worrisome to Campbell.

"You know it's disappointing because we got down there on the 3-yard line and it's first-and-3," Campbell said. "So for us not to come away with six or seven points at the time, it kind of stung us a little bit because we know we can get that ball in."

The Redskins gave up a third-round pick for Duckett in a three-team preseason trade. He's considered the team's goal-line specialist, but the former Atlanta Falcon has failed to reach the end zone this season.

In addition to Betts' career-high game, he was coming off a 155-yard performance in a 24-14 loss to Atlanta one week ago. He was signed to a five-year contract extension last week.

He found running lanes through the Eagles' porous run defense all day, racking up 118 yards in the first half alone. However, in the end, the Redskins went with Duckett and two pass plays that officially put to rest any hopes of a second consecutive playoff berth.

"We were doing what we wanted to do," Betts said. "But at the same time we've got to put seven points on the board instead of three."

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