The St. Louis Rams began the second quarter with a solid drive against the Washington Redskins’ defense, effectively using the run and the pass to get within 1 yard of scoring their first touchdown of the game.
On 2nd and goal from the 1, the refs ruled Rams running back Steven Jackson fumbled just short of the goal line with outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan coming up with the ball for the Redskins.
But Rams head coach Jeff Fisher challenged that call, and replays indicated Jackson’s elbow was down before the fumble and the ruling was overturned. On the next play, Jackson hit another large pile at the goal line, and after the play ended, Jackson spiked the ball in frustration, leading to another 15-yard penalty on the Rams — their third of the game so far.
That penalty moved the ball from the 1-yard line to around the 15-yard line, leading to a 33-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein to make the score 14-6 with the Redskins on top. It was a huge stop for the Washington defense that bent, but didn’t break.
That stop got the Redskins’ offense fired up.
Four plays into their next drive, Robert Griffin III faked a hand off to Alfred Morris, and then faked an end-around hand off to Josh Morgan before launching a pass deep down the middle of the field to a wide-open Lenonard Hankerson for a 68-yard touchdown — Hankerson’s first-career touchdown grab — to put the Redskins on top, 21-6, after the extra point.
The play promoted this reaction from Redskins fan Kevin Durant:
It also prompted this celebration at a Redskins Rally at the Greene Turtle:
The Rams got back to that 1-yard line on their next drive, but this time cashed in. Quarterback Sam Bradford found receiver Danny Amendola for the 1-yard touchdown throw and catch, cutting the Redskins’ lead to 21-13 after their extra point.
The Redskins have had a tough time covering Amendola to this point. His 12 first-half receptions tie an NFL record.
Griffin III also made his first major mistake of his career on the Redskins’ first drive, getting pressured into an off-balance throw that got intercepted by Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan. It was Griffin III’s first-career interception.
The Rams took over and were able to get a 42-yard field goal with two seconds remaining in the half to cut the lead to 21-16.
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