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Last Updated: Friday, 5 September, 2003, 05:08 GMT 06:08 UK
Redskins win dramatic opener
John Hall kicks the winning field goal
Washington 16-13 NY Jets

The NFL season got off to a spectacular start with a dramatic finish in the opening game in Landover, Maryland.

John Hall kicked a 33-yard field goal with five seconds left to give the Redskins victory after a game-winning drive from quarterback Patrick Ramsey.

Three runs by Ladell Betts pushed the ball to the New York 14-yard line to set up Hall's game-clincher.

The season-opener was preceded by a three-hour concert on the Washington Mall featuring Britney Spears, Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige and Aretha Franklin.

Thousands attended the event, which also paid tribute to American troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

In the match itself, the Jets trailed 13-10 with less than 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter.

They had managed just one first down in the second half but got a break when John Abraham forced a Ramsey fumble.

Jason Ferguson recovered at the Redskins' 43-yard line but the Jets had to settle for a 41-yard Doug Brien field goal to tie the score at 13-13.

Hall's 50-yard field goal on the game's opening drive had given the Redskins a 3-0 lead.

But the Jets came back with a 72-yard drive that ended with LaMont Jordan's touchdown dive over the top from the one-yard line.

Washington immediately responded with a 74-yard drive of their own that was rounded off with a four-yard touchdown pass from Ramsey to Darnerien McCants.



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