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Gaffney Steps Up In Passing Game


While the Redskins suffered a heart-wrenching overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys, their offense was able to show signs of life, putting up 24 points on Sunday.

The offense matched its season high of three touchdowns in a game this season. Part of that offensive success came from the duo of quarterback Rex Grossman and wide receiver Jabar Gaffney.

Gaffney caught seven passes for 115 yards and one touchdown in the game. Grossman frequently looked for Gaffney, targeting him 10 times.

The two spent three years playing together at the University of Florida, and the chemistry they built then is starting to show in Washington.

"This whole week in practice I just went to Rex and was like 'I'm going to work, I'm going to work to get open and if you come to me, I'm going to make plays,'" Gaffney said.

Said Grossman: "I've always felt good about Jabar and his routes. You could tell pre-game that he was ready for a huge game. He made some amazing catches in some huge situations.

One of those catches came as the first half was winding down. With 14 seconds left, Grossman found Gaffney on a crossing pattern in the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown grab. The score put the Redskins up 14-10 and gave them momentum going into halftime.

Even though the Redskins were not able to pull out the victory in overtime, Gaffney saw positives in the offense.

"We have to build off of it," Gaffney said. "We know we should have won that game. If we can build on it and play a little bit better, we will pull out a W in the future."

Head coach Mike Shanahan praised the play of both Grossman and Gaffney.

"They kept their composure," Shanahan said. "They've got a lot of pride in what they do and they handled themselves quite well. You're always looking for guys to step up."

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