Skins get big score on third and long

Skins get big score on third and long
November 30, 2011, 9:55 am
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When Anthony Armstrong corralled Rex Grossmans 50-yard pass Sunday in Seattle, it represented several things: The go-ahead touchdown in a 23-17 win that broke a six-game losing streak. The Redskins longest offensive play of the year. Armstrongs career-long touchdown catch. And the longest third-down conversion of the season.The play came on third-and-19. How rare was the conversion (much less the touchdown)? The Redskins are 7-of-35 20 percent on third-down situations in which they needed 10 or more yards.A look at the Successful Seven:1. Week 1 vs. Giants. Third-and-11 from the Redskins 30, Grossman threw 28 yards deep middle to Fred Davis. Drive result: Punt.2. Week 2 vs. Arizona: Third-and-10 from the Redskins 27. Grossman threw 20 yards to Jabar Gaffney. Drive result: TD.3. Week 6 vs. Philadelphia: Third-and-15 from the Eagles 49. On John Becks first drive of the year, he threw 23 yards to Santana Moss. Drive result: Punt.4. Week 7 at Carolina: Third-and-10 from the Panthers 20. Down 30-13, Beck threw 11 yards to Niles Paul. Drive result: TD.5. Week 10 at Miami. Third-and-10 from the Dolphins 32. Trailing 10-9, Grossman threw 22 yards to Leonard Hankerson. Drive result: INT (on next play).6. Week 11 vs. Dallas. Third-and 12 from the Redskins 20. Grossman threw 22 yards to Gaffney. Drive result: Punt.7. Week 12 at Seattle: Third-and-19 from the 50. Grossman stepped up in the pocket after both Trent Williams and Jammal Brown allowed outside pressure and threw into the end zone, where Armstrong caught the touchdown pass.Contact OHalloran at rohalloran@comcastsportsnet.com