The Raiders didn’t have their starting quarterback and lost their star running back early in the second half.

And the Redskins still struggled to pull out a victory at O.co Coliseum. But Robert Griffin III and Co. made just enough plays in the second half to escape with a 24-14 victory and breathe life back into their season.

At 1-3 the Redskins still have much work to do. But they can now head into the bye week savoring a season-saving victory.

The afternoon couldn't have gotten off to a more discouraging start for the visitors.

On Washington’s second possession Sav Rocca had a punt blocked by Rashad Jennings. The ball was recovered by Jeremy Stewart in the end zone for an early 7-0 lead. Jennings used a simple stunt to beat Perry Riley and gain a clear path to Rocca.

Seven minutes later the Raiders had a 14-0 lead and the Redskins’ season was on life support.

But that’s all the magic Matt Flynn and the Raiders could muster against a maligned defense that came alive right on cue. Flynn started in place of Terrelle Pryor who was sidelined with a concussion.

Rookie cornerback David Amerson returned an interception 45-yards for a touchdown that pulled the visitors to within 14-10 early in the second quarter. After allowing the Raiders to convert 4 of 5 third downs to start the game the Redskins snuffed out the next four as they seized control.