The Redskins got moving downfield on the back of the arm of Robert Griffin III as he completed six of eight on the first drive for 68 yards to get his side off their own one-yard line to the red zone of the Chargers. The drive was killed, though, forcing them into a field goal.
However, they were prevented from getting points on the board as Kai Fortbath's kick from 25 yards out was blocked by Chargers defensive end Lawrence Guy to keep the scores level.
San Diego took the lead through their defense when Guy made another big play. He jumped up to block a pass from Griffin with his hands, and the ball deflected up in the end zone and was caught for the score by fellow defensive lineman Sean Lissemore.
The Redskins responded with an excellent drive under pressure as Griffin used his ground game this time.
Along with Alfred Morris, he racked up rushing yards to move his side inside the five-yard line, where he handed the ball off to Morris again, who went in for the score.
Following defensive stands from both sides, the Chargers ended the half on a high note as they retook the lead thanks to a good drive from Philip Rivers, who spread the ball around to his receivers before finding Eddie Royal on a screen and he ran in for the 15-yard touchdown.
The Redskins had time to attempt a late field goal but again saw their effort blocked this time by defensive lineman Cory Liuget.