The Washington Redskins received the kickoff to begin the second half of today’s game against the Carolina Panthers.
They found success early in their drive by running the ball with Alfred Morris, but on a 2nd and 10 play, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III appeared to have found tight end Logan Paulsen for a diving catch and a first down. Carolina challenged the catch, and after review, the referees ruled the ball had hit the ground in the process of Paulsen’s catch. On 3rd and 10, Griffin III was sacked for a loss of seven yards, setting up a 49-yard punt by Sav Rocca that set up the Panthers at their own 17-yard line.
The Panthers faced a 3rd and 4 from their 23 when quarterback Cam Newton’s pass to tight end Greg Olsen was dropped. With the score at 14-3 and the Redskins’ offense struggling to move the ball consistently to this point, it was key for the Washington defense to force a three-and-out.
The Redskins’ ensuing drive began with a 25-yard pass to receiver Leonard Hankerson — his first catch of the game. The next play was a nine-yard rush by Griffin III, who slid to safety before being hit. They converted the first down on the next play, when Griffin III took an option keeper, but pitched with two hands to receiver Joshua Morgan a nine-yard gain. The drive continued into Panthers’ territory when Griffin III dropped back to pass, but was flushed out of the pocket and took off for a six-yard gain.
After an illegal block call on tight end Chris Cooley, Griffin III found tight end Niles Paul for a 22-yard pass-and-catch — a throw that went through a very tight window. Paul showed off some nice hands on the play, too.
Two plays later, the Redskins faced a 3rd and 6 from the Carolina 11-yard line when Griffin III, lined up in the shotgun, handed off to wide receiver Brandon Banks for a 3-yard gain. The Redskins — who were unsuccessful in a 4th and Goal from the 1-yard line earlier in the game — elected to kick this time around, and kicker Kai Forbath was successful from 25-yards out — his eighth-consecutive field goal since joining the team. The 10-play, 69-yard drive cut the Panthers’ lead to 14-6.
The Panthers took the field for their second drive of the half at their own 25-yard line. After a facemask penalty on the Panthers on their first play — an incomplete pass — running back Jonathan Stewart pulled off a 21-yard run to his left. The Redskins then stuffed the Panthers again on a 3rd-down attempt with one yard to go, forcing another punt.
Washington began its next drive at its own 40-yard line. They were flagged for holding on their first play — a run by Morris — before Griffin III found Hankerson for a 17-yard gain. Griffin III then drew the defense offsides on the next play, giving them a first down.
The Redskins are driving as the third quarter ends here with the Panthers leading 14-6.
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