Six plays. 77 yards. Touchdown.
That was the tale of the Washington Redskins’ first drive of the second half, which ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by rookie running back Alfred Morris — his first-career score.
And, again, it was Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III — with the help of his offensive line — who worked a little magic to get his team to paydirt.
This time, on 4th and 1 from the New Orleans’ 33-yard line, Griffin III was flushed out of the pocket and slung a ball to Aldrick Robinson, who was in single coverage in the end zone. The ball fell to the turf, but a pass interference call on the Saints moved the ball 32 yards to the 1-yard line, where Morris was able to do the rest on the next play.
The Saints, meanwhile, continued to struggle with mistakes in their season opener. On the drive following Morris’ touchdown run, they were called for holding on the first play, moving the ball to their own 10-yard line. On 3rd and 20, Drew Brees tried to throw through a tight window to wide receiver Devery Henderson, but three Redskins defenders were there to ensure that the pass was incomplete.
It was an ideal start to the second half in this raucous environment here in the Superdome, which is loud.
I mean, really, loud.
On their next drive, Billy Cundiff notched his third field goal of the game, a 37-yarder, which extended the Redskins’ lead to 30-14 with 7:10 left in the third quarter. It was an 8-play, 45-yard drive that was highlighted by 29-yard reception by Robinson in which he was able to evade a couple tacklers and get deep into Saints territory.
The Saints responded with a field goal of their own, a 21-yarder by Garrett Hartley, after a 12-play, 87-yard march down the field.
At this point, however, the Saints need to find the end zone if they have any chance of getting back into this game — which has been a comedy of errors for the home team.
The Redskins were forced to punt on the ensuing drive on 4th and 5, but the Saints were called for having 12 men on the field on the play — resulting in a first down for the Redskins, and a shift in momentum for Washington heading into the fourth quarter.
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