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.
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