After getting six — yes six — passing yards in the first half, quarterback Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins offense took the field for their first drive of the second half of today’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a chip on their shoulder.
Two runs by Alfred Morris later, and the Redskins faced a 3rd and 5 when Griffin III found tight end Fred Davis for a 14-yard catch and a first down. He found Davis again on the next play for 12 yards to midfield, and Washington finally had a solid drive going.
A horse-collar tackle call on Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones put the ball at the Cincinnati 20-yard line, and Griffin III got the ball inside the 10 with a run of his own.
On the next play, Morris, a rookie, spun his way from seven yards out for the touchdown — his third rushing touchdown of the season — as the Redskins got within seven points at 24-17.
It was the first sign of life in this game by the Redskins’ offense, which went 80 yards in nine plays.
It was also not the only terrific drive by the Redskins’ offense, which scored two unanswered touchdowns to tie the game at 24 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Washington defense responded to that first drive by its offense by forcing a three-and-out on the ensuing Cincinnati possession, sending the Redskins’ offense back onto the field with a chance to put a drive together to tie the game, and here’s how it went:
They began that drive from their own 14-yard line, and on the first play, Griffin III found receiver Leonard Hankerson wide open for 23 yards. Morris took the next handoff and rumbled 13 yards to the midfield logo. Brandon Banks then took a misdirection pitch from Griffin III to the left for 21 yards to the Cincinnati 29-yard line. Three plays later, on 3rd and 7, Griffin III lined up in the shotgun and took an option keeper nine yards for the first down. On the next play, Griffin III pitched to Banks for a 5-yard run to the 12-yard line. Then Alfred Morris rushed for six yards for the first down to the 8. Griffin III took a keeper five yards on the next play, stepping out of bounds at the 3-yard line as he dove for the pylon. The drive ended with a 3-yard touchdown pass to receiver Santana Moss, who made a juggling catch while falling, and, after the extra point, tied the game at 24.
It was a methodical 10-play, 86-yard drive that took 5:28 off the clock.
On the ensuing drive by the Bengals, running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis fumbled on a hit by cornerback Richard Crawford — his first fumble in 590 career touches — and the ball was picked up by Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson.
But the Washington offense couldn’t do anything with the gift and was forced into a three-and-out. The Bengals did the same on their next drive, highlighted by a batted pass by outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.
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