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WAS-STL: Fourth Quarter Conclusions

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 16, 2012 – 7:32 pm

(AP photo)

The very first play of the fourth quarter of today’s game didn’t go the Redskins’ way, as Rams quarterback Sam Bradford found Matthew Mulligan wide open for the 1-yard touchdown throw-and-catch.

Mulligan is the same Rams player who had blocked a Redskins punt on their previous drive.

The Rams got the two-point conversion on a rush by Daryl Richardson, putting them up 31-28 with 14:55 left in the fourth quarter.

The Redskins didn’t help themselves on their next drive, going three-and-out and being forced to punt once again. Fortunately for the Redskins, the Rams did the same on their next drive.

After exchanging the ball a couple more times, the Redskins were set up for a potential game-tying or go-ahead drive with 4:54 to go from their 21-yard line.

An incomplete pass and a holding call didn’t help matters for Washington, which faced a 3rd and 20 from their own 11-yard line. Griffin III’s pass under duress to tight end Niles Paul for eight yards wasn’t nearly enough, forcing another punt and giving the ball back to the Rams with 3:54 left in the quarter.

But wouldn’t you believe it? Richardson fumbled for the Rams while they were trying to run out the clock, and the Redskins DeAngelo Hall recovered at their own 38-yard line, setting up another potential game-tying or go-ahead drive.

The fumble was forced by London Fletcher, who had an interception earlier in the game.

This time, the Redskins’ first two plays put them on the right side of the 50-yard line as the two-minute warning came and went. Griffin III, operating out of the shotgun, got the Redskins to the St. Louis 29-yard line, but things crumbled quickly.

Joshua Morgan caught a pass and was tackled. After the play, he was shoved by Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan. Morgan retaliated by throwing the ball at Finnegan and got a 15-yard penalty. The ensuing 62-yard field goal attempt by Billy Cundiff was short, and the Rams milked the rest of the 1:13 from the clock, winning 31-28.

The takeaways from today’s game? The Redskins’ defense and offensive line struggled at critical times in the game. Bradford did a tremendous job finding the open receivers against Washington’s zone defense, and finished with his fourth-career 300-yard passing performance.

The defense made the play it needed to make, though, on Fletcher’s forced fumble. Morgan’s penalty, however, made that defensive play mean nothing.

The offensive line, meanwhile, had Griffin III on his toes the entire game. Griffin III wasn’t officially sacked many times, but there were several plays that never had a chance to develop because he had a defender (or two or three) in his face.

CHIME IN: What are your thoughts about today’s game? Feel free to comment below.

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44 Responses to “WAS-STL: Fourth Quarter Conclusions”

  1. By burnt on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    what a joke…..

  2. By Chris on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Stupid stupid stupid!!!!!!!!!

  3. By Jimmy Dolinger on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Awful sportsmanship by an unproven wide receiver, terrible loss

  4. By KimmeMac on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    This games officials sucked!!!

  5. By killingme on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    i hope the redskins organization finds some way to punish josh morgan. that was completely irresponsible.

  6. By fireant on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    These refs need to go. They should have took control of the bad sportsmanship in the first quarter. This was the worst display of sportsmanship i have ever saw. The rams should be ashamed of thereselves. Every play almost they were pushing and shoving! Morgan needs to be cut by the skins!

  7. By SharonCville on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Bring back the regular officials. This game was TERRIBLY called! Both teams suffered.

  8. By sleepy on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Disappointing. A rookie move for Morgan but honestly it should have been off-setting penalties. The refs sure had blinders on tonight. We could second-guess this one all night, but when it comes down to it, let’s concentrate on the next one.

  9. By Lawless on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Cut Morgan, send a message now.

  10. By akacraney on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    The Defense and Offense shines early then fades into the sunset…and what a bone headed move by Morgan, who should have been hustling back to the line of scrimmage. What a disappointment….

  11. By Ariene on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    josh morgan >>>>>>> SMH thank you!!! WOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWW……. you cant get mad bc this is what happens

  12. By lee on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    First and foremost we need some real officials…. the Rams and Skins both suffered to bad play calling. That being said Josh Morgan doesn’t deserve a spot on the team. His game losing actions are unacceptable and he should be penalized for it. His actions cost us the game tying field goal and quit possibly the game. Have to say though RG3’s showing was still impressive today and I feel we will still be a contending post season team this season as long as we stay healthy.

  13. By The pie is good on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Nice job Morgan, making us loose just because of anger.

  14. By vaughan on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    the defense didnt exist..yeah we had some great turnovers but the zone defense was worthlessn still trying to figure out why the kept using it..the ref let this game get completely out of control..i was on the nfls side witht the whole lock out but now please get these replacement out of here i dont blame them for the loss but they had no control out there

  15. By DARREN on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    God help us if we lose RG3.Flecher and Hall played good. If we don t beat bengles next week look for long season. IF ANYTHING JUST BEAT TH COWBOYS EVERY TIME ! DAMNIT!

  16. By DARREN on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply


  17. By timmy d. on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Morgan, what an idiot! The Zone Defense was complete dog crap, why not switch to Man defense? And what is the deal with special teams? Two weeks in a row with block punts!

  18. By Nickpeze on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    We play man against drew last week and play zone against bradford. Wuts next week. Prevent. And josh morgan. Kno the situation. We skins need as many wins as we can get. Very disappointed

  19. By Doug Evers on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Coach Shanahan, please cut Josh Morgan. I do not think I will watch another Redskins game until he is off the team.

  20. By thelittltoad on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Why did Skins remain in zone D all game? They got picked to pieces by QB Bradford. Refs were soooo bad. Did not appear that skins made any effective adjustments at halftime. Skins were lucky to be in it at the end.

  21. By Skinsfanatic on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Thank you Fireant, I couldnt agree with you more…The Ram players should be ashamed of themselves!! The poor unsportsmanlike behavior on their behalf was unacceptable. The refs should have called SEVERAL unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on the Rams way before the the Morgan ball throwing incident. The refs were the WORST I have ever seen, they have to go!.

  22. By Driz on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    This is a game in the past we’ve always found a way to lose, Griffin III played great in my opinion kept them in the game while defense was porous. Made Bradford look like a Hall of Famer, can’t contend until we win these kinds of games, like all the elite teams do.

  23. By PIPKIN-81 on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    The skins were allowing the Rams to do whatever they wanted on offense. Our decision to play zone was hopefully a lesson learned! The officials were terrible and if the NFL doesn’t do what they need to do to get the reg Officials back someone is going to get hurt. They are changing the out come of games with the calls or should I say lack of calls!!

  24. By west on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, a suspension may be needed after that. You can’t win games with players that can’t keep their emotions in check. Especially at the end of a game like today.

  25. By Korey Price on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    I’ll be surprised if Morgan will be allowed to play next week. Horrible performance tonight!

  26. By Korey Price on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    …and I agree with all, these back up officials have to go.

  27. By Bill on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Josh Morgan made a bad play by not knowing where the first down line was and cutting inside to get the 1st. He should have had the first down, but didn’t. His totally unsportsmanlike play, directly in front of the bench and officials, gave the officials no choice but to call the penalty. Ashame the team has him on contract for $1.8 million, and he was supposedly an attractive free agent. I hope he is a free agent again before the Cincinatti game. What an immature, selfish, spoiled little boy……

  28. By Broncofan on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Ouch! Unfortunately, the refs can’t be blamed and should never be blamed…their job is VERY difficult, and even more so for the scab refs.

    The bottom line is that a professional such as Josh Morgan should never behave like a two-year old…I know it’s easy to lose composure in the heat of the moment, but c’mon!

    Watching Griffin III work under one of the NFL’s best coaches is pure pleasure and it would be a shame if the Skins missed a playoff berth by one game! I think that possibility on Morgan’s shoulders is good punishment, too.

  29. By Eric on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    Rams fan here. Sorry to intrude on your site but I like to see what other people say and have always had the Skins up in my favorite teams. Have to say both teams had a number of calls go against them and most shouldn’t. Couple people on here have said the Rams should be ashamed of their unsportsmanship but let’s be honest, both teams had numerous examples of bad behavior. The penalty at the end was disappointing because the team didn’t deserve it but you will ALWAYS get the flag if you throw the ball at someone else. If he just pushed back either no call or off setting calls but every game I’ve ever seen the guy who throws the ball gets the only call. Officials were horrible but any team of all Rookies is going to be horrible so it’s the leagues fault for fielding them. RG3 looks dangerous but I hope for his sake and for Redskins fans that he doesn’t start getting beat up like Vick has. RG3 needs to learn to slide and avoid the big hits….Could be one of the most dynamic players of his time but you don’t help your team from the injured list. Stay strong Skins fans, your team is on the upswing!

  30. By Eric on Sep 16, 2012 | Reply

    One last thing….I would keep Morgan at least one more week. Think about it, he will never make a bonehead play like that again and will probably bust his *** to make up for possibly costing the team the game for the rest of the season. Give him a game and see how he responds….never know he might turn in a huge game trying to make up for this blunder.

  31. By Jon Lee on Sep 17, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t believe Josh Morgan. This guy at least needs to be benched for a few games. Mike S., at least bench his ASS!!!

  32. By robert griffin the turd on Sep 17, 2012 | Reply

    Get used to it, we mortgaged our future and ignored the secondary in the draft. How refreshing to watch Bradford take a snap from center, drop back in the pocket, and complete a pass. Our QB needs a diversion or gimmick every time he drops back. Rams dropped 2 easy INTs. Our offense only put up 21 points and 7 came on a drive that should’ve ended until a bogus late hit call extended the drive. Danny Smith and Josh Morgan need to be shown the door today!

  33. By RD on Sep 17, 2012 | Reply

    Please, go root for another team. According to you the Redskins don’t have a future anyway. Without RG3 we get blown out yesterday. He’s the only reason Redskins fans feel somewhat hopeful today.

  34. By RD on Sep 17, 2012 | Reply

    To Eric above, no disrespect but the cherry on top of this horrible Sunday is a Ram fan trying to lift our spirits and saying, of all things, the Skins are on the “upswing.” That’s like Marion Berry telling our current Mayor he’s doing good job.

  35. By orioleskins on Sep 17, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s for a moment forget about the incompetent officials and so much more that went wrong in this game,that actually was one hell of a football game.But the most glaring situation that really ticked me off was that an offensive coordinator that is really wet behind the ears himself,stared into the eyes of a fantastic quarterback,albeit a rookie,and told him that he didn’t have faith in his arms or legs to get a first down.I feel that Kyle is going to ruin Griffin.Kyle would be better with Andrew Luck. He doesn’t deserve Griffin and poor father Mike acts like he is in charge but he isn’t.He needs to put his son in the booth and handle RGIII himself on the sideline like he dis with Elway!

  36. By Charlie Mankin PE CPE on Sep 17, 2012 | Reply

    Absolutely horrible Offensive line performance. Horrible. Those high paid bodies should be ashamed to take a pay check. Why won’t one of them stand up and refuse to accept a paycheck for that performance. Hold one another accountable.
    Us fans are so tired of you players making excuses. You are paid to perform a job. Not make excuses. We deserve more than what you showed. That poor kid had 3 -4 seconds per snap to look down field and or worst.

    You cheeseburger eating bums need to stop thinking your steak and understand that you need to humble yourselves and start playing like millionaires your being paid to play like. You all crushed your fans this week. You should be ashamed.

  37. By enquiring_mind on Sep 17, 2012 | Reply

    My only question is: why was there no defensive adjustment after half time? It was very apparent that the zone defense was not working and was being picked apart.

  38. By oldestRedskinfan on Sep 17, 2012 | Reply

    I was shocked at the way the so-called referees of the game last night favoritedt the other team. Time after time RG3 was hit late, and nothing was called. We aught to demand the NFL owners fire the of the head of the NFL . I won/’t even say his name!

  39. By Mike on Sep 17, 2012 | Reply

    Every time I read about it, I shake my head. What is wrong with Josh Morgan? How are you gonna before the game hype up one of the main cornerbacks in the league who is known for getting in opposing players’ heads during games, saying basically the refs will always see the second guy, …. and then it happens (WTH?!) and at the worst part of the game when a chip shot field goal sends it to overtime? Instead, unsportsmanlike conduct and a 62yarder for Cundiff (Really?!). I hope Shanahan gave Morgan an earful yesterday and today because as far as I’m concerned, that cost us the game right there.

  40. By RD on Sep 17, 2012 | Reply

    Next day reflections

    Haslett i hope you learned your lesson. I don’t know what the heck you were thinking but this defense with this secondary cannot play zone. They may not be able to play man to man either, so your number one objective from this point forwarrd is pressure. Your horses up front let you down they got zero push against 2nd and 3rd team Ram offensive linemen. So here’s what i suggest

    – make sure you have a wide selection of definsive linemen activated for the game. send those guys in waves and keep them fresh.

    – manufacture pressure. Bring 6, 7, even 8 after the QB

    – get better at hiding where the extra bodies are blitzing from

    – have those DB really bump and run. I mean within 5 yards they should be chucking the you know what out of the other teams receivers. We just let #16 of the RAMs run free.

    Danny your players are going to get you fired. You may be a great coach but if your guys keep imitating turnstyles you will be gone sooner than we can say NFL. By the way having your players sing your praise isnt a ringing endorsement. There is something to be said for a difficult, non comprising, hard-ass who depends perfection.

  41. By DARREN on Sep 17, 2012 | Reply

    well just damn great. get home from work hit the website first thing i see is Orakpo and Carriker are gone for the season! damnit ! somebody get me a damn beer !

  42. By theboydbunch on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    hey shanahan use moss and banks these young hot shots havent shown shit

  43. By Brian on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    You can’t blame the interception with 52 seconds left in t he first half that led to 3 points and the blocked punt on Morgan…If you want to win 28 points should be enough. but the interception at the end of t he first half and the blocked punt led to 10 points…..so don’t just blame morgan.. A field goal only sends it to OT anyway maybe

  44. By Brandy73 on Sep 21, 2012 | Reply

    Dose he relize the defense got what they wanted they won. They are laughing at him. He has to do a better job at seeing the big picture, the win. He can’t act like like a 10 year old in a school yard. They are professionals act like it. He needs to expect more defensive players to provoke him now that they know how to push his buttons. If they know they can get to you, they are going to continue to try. He needs to relize his teammates are working very hard to win, and if he keeps losing his temper and costing them games. No matter how good he is they wont want him to play. Neither will the fans.

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