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#WASvsNYG: Fourth Quarter Conclusions

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 21, 2012 – 4:05 pm

(AP photo)

The Washington Redskins knew they were in for a fight today as they opened up their NFC East schedule against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.

And, in the end, despite a potential go-ahead touchdown by the Redskins’ offense with 1:26 left, the defense couldn’t hold on.

A 77-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Eli Manning to receiver Victor Cruz with just over a minute to go sealed the Giants’ 27-23 win over the Redskins at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants didn’t take long to get the ball into the end zone to start the fourth quarter. On their fourth play of the quarter, running back Ahmad Bradshaw squeezed in past his right guard for the one-yard touchdown, and after the extra point, the Giants took a 20-13 lead with 12:55 remaining in the game.

Also announced after the scoring play was defensive captain and linebacker London Fletcher had suffered an injury and his return to the game had been labeled as doubtful.

The Redskins continued to pound the ball on the ground on their next drive. On the second play, Griffin III handed it off to Darrel Young, who got a 16-yard gain. All but four yards of those yards were taken back, however, when defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul sacked Griffin III on the next play for a 12-yard loss. Two plays later, on third down, Griffin III found tight end Logan Paulsen for a 15-yard gain, just two yards short of the first down.

On 4th and 2, Griffin III found receiver Leonard Hankerson for a nine-yard gain and the critical first down. The play continued a successful fourth-down conversion rate for the Redskins this season, who are now 4-of-4.

They found another fourth down attempt just three plays later, a 4th and 1 from the Giants’ 30-yard line. Griffin III did the work this time, pump-faking his defender and scrambling three yards for the first down before being pushed out of bounds. Those were two gutsy fourth-down play calls.

But on the next play, Griffin III fumbled after keeping a would-be handoff to Morris up the middle. The ball was recovered by defensive tackle Linval Joseph at the 29-yard line, and a review by the officials confirmed that the ball did indeed squirt out of Griffin III’s hands before his knee hit the turf.

That play could’ve been a backbreaker, But outside linebacker Rob Jackson saved the day for the time being, intercepting Manning on the very next play at the Giants’ 32-yard line. It was a very athletic play by Jackson, and his second interception of the season. His first, you might remember, was intercepted for a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this season.

The Redskins faced a 3rd and 4 from the 26-yard line when tight end Niles Paul took a carry for a one-yard loss. Kicker Kai Forbath’s 45-yard attempt on fourth down — his third field goal of the game — was good, and cut the Giants’ lead to four points at 20-16 with 5:21 left in the game.

The first play of the ensuing drive for the Giants started off favorably for the Redskins. Manning dropped back and was sacked by nose tackle Barry Cofield and Jackson, with initial pressure from defensive end Stephen Bowen. But two plays later, on 3rd and 15, New York threw a dagger, as Manning found running back Andre Brown for a 17-yard gain and the first down.

The Giants faced a 3rd and 2 from their 38 when Manning’s pass to Hakeem Nicks was dropped along the sideline. Cornerback DeAngelo Hall provided the coverage on the play.

The Redskins began the potential go-ahead drive at their own 23 yard line with 2:59 remaining. Griffin III found running back Evan Royster on the next play, but he got nowhere.

On 3rd and 10, Griffin III tried to sling a bomb to wide receiver Aldrick Robinson, but the throw was off the mark. The 4th and 10 play was a Griffin III-created masterpiece, as he evaded linebacker Chase Blackburn and found Paulsen for 19 yards and the first down to the Washington 42-yard line, going into the two-minute warning.

The play represented a career-high in catches (four) and yards (76) for Paulsen, who has been a favorite target of Griffin III with tight end Fred Davis out of the game with an injury.

The next play was another Griffin III speciality. Flushed out of the pocket, he rolled out to his right and gained 24 yards before being pushed out of bounds at the New York 34-yard line.

Griffin III cemented his name in Most Valuable Player talks on the next play. He found receiver Santana Moss over the top for a 30-yard touchdown on a perfectly-thrown pass-and-catch play, and after the extra point, gave his team a 23-20 lead.

Griffin III used his legs, arms and head on that drive to give his team the lead. Remember folks: he’s just a rookie. Wow.

The Giants started a potential game-tying or go-ahead drive from their own 23-yard line with 1:26 left. Two plays later, they cashed in.

In 19 seconds, Manning found Victor Cruz wide open over the top for a 77-yard touchdown pass to give the Giants a 27-23 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

The final drive by the Redskins ended when Moss fumbled after getting a first down across the middle at the Washington 43-yard line.

CHIME IN: What were your thoughts from today’s game? Feel free to chime in below.

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24 Responses to “#WASvsNYG: Fourth Quarter Conclusions”

  1. By akacraney on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Get rid of Haslett and all the defensive back coaches…… The offense had to many turnovers but still kept this team in it.

  2. By ElvansRD on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Haslett, Josh Wilson, Lo Hall, need to be ashamed of themselves. Front office needs to step up and stop this madness.

  3. By brenda clark on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    get rid of haslett

  4. By KGSG on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    The defensive coach Haslett needs to be fired and the secondary has no heart.

  5. By Tracey Coates on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Robert Griffin III looks crazy on ESPN during the press conference! He is taking me back to the sixties with his hairdo of skinny scaggly, uneven braids. Its very unprofessional looking. He needs to understand he’s in the big leagues, now and he is…in Washington, D. C.; He should represent better. He needs to tighten it up or cut it off! Represent brother…ask Gabby!

  6. By MarkReno on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Why? Why wasn’t a prevent defense called?? An extra safety or corner playing deep in case of a slip or break down in coverage? It probably all goes back to 30 NFL owner choosing to fine the Redskins $18 million this year and next against the salary cap…we couldn’t bring in the rest of the defensive players that we needed to plug some holes. Don’t blame Hasslett or Morris….we are blessed to have such coaching!!

  7. By logar on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    I’m not saying get rid of haslett but he better make our defense better bc I’m sick of losing bc of simple mistakes of defense!!! COVER YOUR GUY

  8. By logar on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    ***DO YOUR JOB***

  9. By Ed_d on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    As a fan I can only hope Jim Haslett has made it a point to Mike and Bruce Allen that he’s in serious need of quality secondary. Week after week Josh Wilson continues to disappoint and the big play to Victor Cruz was simply embarrassing! The Safety was out of position from the snap of the ball! Jim you have to answer for this mediocre play!

  10. By Glenn Darr on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    and, again, we lose a game because the defense has more holes in it than swiss cheese!!! Something needs to be done. Surprisingly, we could have a good seasone with some defense fixes, most likely in the secondary. I don’t think they could catch my grandmother!!

  11. By Frank in Dallas on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Still in shock after watching the game, is it not taught in Pop Warner, that when the game is on the line, you do not allow anyone to get behind you. Is that not basic football, or am I just crazy. Proud of the team, and I like what I am seeing with the offense, but the denfense wow! Its not the coach because the defensive coordinator do not make tackles, or cover recievers. i also understand that there are a lot of injuries to the corners, and safeties, but we can not keep allowing this this to happened each week.

  12. By Mo4menu on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Laron laundry!! Remember him? The redskins let go of a proven yet injured safety to bring in an injured cast off. Merriweather. Go figure.. Looks like another bone head move…….

  13. By akacraney on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry Mark, I to have a heavy heart for the Skin’s, but how can you say, “we are blessed to have such coaching”? Since 2006, when Coach Haslett was with the Ram’s ( 06′ -08′) his defense rated 28th, 31st + 31st. Since he’s been with the Skin’s his rating has been 21st in yrs 2010+11 and now 26th. He was 20th w/new Orleans in 96′ . His best years were with the Steeler’s, when he was 11th + 12th in 97′ and 99′ respectfully and 7th in 98′. He is especially bad against the pass, giving up over 3000 yds. + per year. These are just the facts,and you can’t argue with “Facts”. http://www.Pro-Football-reference.com

  14. By baddawgz on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    You can’t let anyone get behind you with less than 2 min. left in the game. totally ridiculous! How long can RGIII continue this only to watch the secondary blow another one?

  15. By baddawgz on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    This is the best offense I’ve seen from the ‘Skins in yrs. But to watch this defense when it matters give you heartburn.

  16. By baddawgz on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Before we drafted RGII,I I had fellow fans seriously question drafting him for the picks we had to give. But can anyone posting here possibly imagine having to watch Rex Grossman again??!?!?!?!?! Let’s just pray RGIII makes ot through the yr. uninjured. I LOVE watching this guy! We have to find some people to play the secondary, but I don’t know who’s out there to get. But if this is going to happen week in and week out, I guess it doesn’t hurt to try anyone else!

  17. By jmg111 on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    This is what happens when you don’t have an NFL caliber secondary. Doesn’t matter how good RGIII is, we will always be playing catch-up because the other team can score with impunity. That and poor tactics will kill us every time. Why weren’t we in a prevent defense with at least one safety playing center field? This is idiotic. Haslett and this dopey scheme have to go. Get Crawford back on the field, and start auditioning some CBs. Minnefiied would have been the best of the bunch, and Berstine was a real hitter at Safety. That didn’t pan out due to injuries. We need to get better fast. And since we’re not likely to change personnel anytime soon, we best change the scheme to cover up for those shortcomings. And could we please get some pressure on the QB? We haven’t had many sacks over the past few years either. Even the worst QB in the NFL can complete passes if given enough time.

    This game was already won, but a poor defensive call at the end wasted this effort. Haslett – wise up! It ain’t working, bud.

  18. By Mickie Kent on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    Fire Haslett, Wilson, and Hall. Washington can find better replacements at the local umemployment office.

  19. By burnt on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    While I didnt like the play calling , in the third, and the long give up on D. A few less turnovers. The leg sweep penalty, and the penalty they got on Davis for not getting set and we would have rolled the Giants!

  20. By joebagadonuts on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    You can’t blame Haslett for Madieu Williams getting caught flat-footed. The scheme was right – Wilson had help over the top. If Williams does his job, Eli never throws that ball, or it gets knocked down (or better yet, intercepted), and we move on to 3rd and 10. While I can’t say that Haslett has done a good job overall, you have to rely on players doing their job at some point.

  21. By summerhill on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    Haslett needs to get those former MD Terps out of the defensive backfield, not only can they not cover, they don’t react, and they are slow as molasses. Did you recall the interception by Wilson early, he was so eager to get on the ground, I guess so he can get up and do his celebration dance. He may have had a big return if he didn’t want to flop!

  22. By Roy V on Oct 22, 2012 | Reply

    RGIII is seriously talented. However, the league will eventually catch up to the spread scheme they are running and he will get pounded. He’s not a big guy like Newton or Big Ben, so he’s susceptible to getting knocked around. His fumble yesterday is a perfect example. He’s getting exposed to hits that will eventually get him hurt. And while he’s very exciting, he’s not Eli. People love to crack on Manning, but all he does is play great when it counts most.

  23. By Warrior on Oct 23, 2012 | Reply

    They need to get rid of Hasslet!!!

    His Defense is not aggressive enough!

    It was obvious when Satana caught RGIII’s TD pass that it wasn’t over. Cover, cover, cover!!! Its what a high school coach would’ve called defensively if he wanted to prevent a good quarterback from scoring that quickly.

  24. By Majorthreat on Oct 24, 2012 | Reply

    Josh Wilson needs to be cut from the team. In every game he has been burned 2-3 times with touchdowns. Once he was lined up at the 20 yard line and in 3 seconds he was beat by 10 yards for a touchdown. REALLY. You cant cover anyone for 3 seconds. You let Victor Cruz just run by you untouched. You should give half if not all your money back.

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