A short punt and a fumbled kickoff led

By Joseph White Associated Press Published:

A short punt and a fumbled kickoff led to 10 quick points in the waning minutes for the Washington Redskins, who again showed a resiliency missing in Norv Turner's first 4 1/2 years as coach, as they earned a 20-16 victory Saturday.

"We left a lot of points out there on the field," Tampa Bay defensive tackle Warren Sapp said. "We had the game wrapped up. We gift-wrapped it and gave it right back to them."

Tampa Bay (7-8), which had won three straight to get back in the postseason chase, will be eliminated from playoff contention if Arizona defeats New Orleans and Kansas City beats the Giants on Sunday. The result also clinched postseason berths for Dallas and Green Bay.

"We kind of self-destructed," Tampa Bay coach Tony Dungy said. "Everybody in there is disappointed. But don't have anyone to blame but ourselves. The thing we haven't done is play good, solid, smart football all year. But we made mistakes and we made some today, and you can't do that in a real big game."

Trent Green bootlegged right and hit rookie tight end Stephen Alexander for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 5:49 to play for the winning score, the second time in three weeks the Redskins have come from behind to win a game in the fourth quarter. It's something they had not done in 76 previous games under Turner.

It was also the fourth straight victory and sixth in eight games for the Redskins (6-9), who became only the second team in NFL history to win six in a season after starting 0-7. The 1978 Atlanta Falcons finished 6-10 after an 0-7 start.

"It shows the character of this team," tackle Shar Pourdanesh said. "We don't give up. We want to win. A lot of teams would have pulled it in by now, starting 0-7. We had the worst record at that time. But we stuck with it and we played for pride."

The Buccaneers, 1-6 on the road this season, have not won an away game in December since a 7-3 victory over the Cardinals on Dec. 27, 1992. There have been only three other away victories in December in franchise history, all inside domed stadiums.

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