When Johnson led the Vikings back for a 46-yard field goal of their own as the halftime gun sounded, Minnesota had found a way to stay squarely in the fight despite a horrendous first half by second-year wide receiver Williamson. In a sense, he was the Most Valuable Redskin. Early in the second quarter, the Vikings' Johnson threw as perfect a bomb as he has in his long career, dropping the ball precisely over Williamson's shoulder and into his hands for what would have been at least a 50-yard gain inside the Washington 10-yard line. Williamson whiffed the catch.
Instead of getting points, the Vikings had to punt. Two series later, Williamson was back doing his valuable work again, dropping an ideal first-down pass at midfield. When the Redskins think back on this loss and are tempted to forgive themselves, they should imagine what the final score might have been if Williamson had caught those two simple balls.