The magic that the Washington Redskins’ offense captured in the third quarter of today’s 2012 home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals didn’t carry over into the fourth quarter.
The Bengals, meanwhile, were able to take advantage, scoring two touchdowns early in the fourth quarter and holding on for a 38-31 victory in front of 80,060 fans at FedExField.
The loss moves the Redskins to 1-2 on the young season, while the Bengals are 2-1.
The Redskins were able to narrow the Bengals’ lead to 7 with a 12-play, 90-yard drive that culminated in a Robert Griffin III 2-yard touchdown run, his third rushing touchdown of the season.
With 3:35 remaining on the clock, the Redskins lined up for an onside kick. Kicker Billy Cundiff’s attempt was nearly perfect, but tight end and special-teamer Niles Paul was called for illegal touching a hair shy of the required 10 yards the ball needed to travel, which gave the Bengals the ball at the Washington 44-yard line.
But on their next drive, Cincinnati was forced to punt on a 4th and 7 with 1:57 remaining. That kick was downed all the way at the Washington 2-yard line, setting up a potential game-tying drive as the fans chanted “R-G-3! R-G-3!”
The drive went like this:
Griffin III pass to Joshua Morgan for 11 yards. Griffin III pass to Leonard Hankerson for 12 yards. Griffin III rush for 10 yards; personal foul on cornerback Terence Newman adds 15 yards and puts the ball at the 50-yard line. Griffin III rush for 19 yards and gets out of bounds. Griffin III sacked for loss of 15 yards and then spikes the ball to set up 3rd and 25 from the Cincinnati 34 with seven seconds remaining. Tight end Fred Davis was called for a false start, and the Redskins were called for an unsportsman like conduct penalty. 3rd and 45 fell short, and the game ended.
It was surely an interesting ending to an interesting game.
The good from today? The Redskins scored 17 unanswered points to tie the score at 24 in the third quarter, bringing the crowd back into the game.
The bad? Other than that quarter, the offense struggled mightily, and the defense struggled for the third straight week, giving up too many big plays.
Also, left tackle Trent Williams left the game with an apparent knee injury. If he’s lost for an extended period of time, that could be huge for the Redskins’ offense.
The Redskins will try to rebound next Sunday as they travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers.
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