The third quarter did not start in the Washington Redskins’ favor in today’s matchup against the St. Louis Rams.
On the Rams’ first drive of the second half, they went 63 yards in just four plays, capped by a 34-yard touchdown pass from Sam Bradford to Brandon Gibson, who beat two Redskins defenders over the top to get wide open.
After the extra point, the Rams took their first lead of the game, 23-21, and had scored 17 unanswered points.
But Washington struck back with its own quick drive, highlighted by a 28-yard reception by Aldrick Robinson and a 29-yard run by Alfred Morris.
A 8-yard pass to tight end Fred Davis on third down put the ball one yard from the end zone, but the Redskins were called for a false start on the next play. Two plays later, Robert Griffin III scampered seven yards and tacked on another rushing touchdown — his second of the game and of his career — to put the Redskins on top, 28-23, with 5:27 remaining in the third quarter.
The play merited this response from ESPN’s “SportsCenter” on Twitter:
On the Rams’ next drive, the Redskins’ defense gave up a 53-yard rush to Daryl Richardson, who took the ball to the Redskins’ 6-yard line. But London Fletcher came to the rescue, picking off a Bradford pass in the end zone for the touchback.
It was a clutch play by Fletcher, but the Redskins couldn’t cash in, going three-and-out on their next drive and having their punt blocked — their second blocked punt of the season — that gave the Rams the ball back at the Redskins’ 24-yard line.
The Rams enter the 4th quarter with a 1st and goal from the 1-yard line — and all the momentum.
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