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#WASvsPHI: Halftime Summations

Posted by Andrew Walker on December 23, 2012 – 2:22 pm

(AP photo)

(AP photo)

A bit of NFL history was made in the second quarter of today’s game between the Redskins and the Eagles.

Washington kicker Kai Forbath’s two field goals in the period — from 45 and 42 yards — passed the Saints’ Garrett Hartley’s NFL record of 16 consecutive field goals to begin a career. Forbath is now 17-of-17 on the season.

Other than that, Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has been a monster so far, with two sacks and a forced fumble, which got his offense going after a slow start. But the Eagles responded with a late field goal of their own, and at halftime, the Redskins lead the Eagles, 13-10.

The quarter began with the Redskins in possession of the ball after a sack-fumble by Kerrigan. The ball was picked up by rookie cornerback Richard Crawford, who took it to the Washington 41-yard line.

Here’s some key plays and notes from each drive of the second quarter:


1st and 10<41: Quarterback Robert Griffin III finds running back Alfred Morris wide open for a 17-yard throw-and-catch.
2nd and 9 >41: Joshua Morgan gets the end-around, evades one Philadelphia tackler before hurdling another and getting a gain of seven.
3rd and 2 >34: Running back Evan Royster carries the ball for a seven-yard gain and a first down. Nice fight by Royster.
2nd and 10 >27: After a run for no gain by Morris, Griffin III is flushed from the pocket and overthrows Pierre Garcon.
3rd and 10 >27: Griffin III tries to pitch to Garcon, but the ball is knocked down for an incomplete pass. Dangerously close to a fumble there.
4th and 10 >27: Kai Forbath’s 45-yard attempt is good. It ties him for the NFL’s all-time lead of consecutive completions to begin a career (16).

11:25: Eagles 7, Redskins 3; Scoring drive: 8 plays, 32 yards, 3:35

Kickoff: Bryce Brown takes the ball to around the 30-yard line, but the Eagles are called for holding. They begin from their own 16-yard line.


1st and 10 >16: LeSean McCoy takes the handoff to his right and is tackled for a loss of one by Kerrigan.
2nd and 11 >15: Nick Foles is flushed out of the pocket by Kerrigan and throws the ball away. It might just be one of those games for Kerrigan — stay tuned.
3rd and 11 >15: Foles is touched down on the ground by Perry Riley after gaining a yard.
4th and 10 >16: Mat McBriar’s punt is low and wobbly and bounces the wrong way for the Eagles. It rolls out of bounds at the Washington 47.


1st and 10 <47: Griffin III’s pass is complete to a wide-open Garcon, who gets 27 yards on the play. Nice placement by Griffin III, who hit Garcon perfectly in stride.
1st and 10 >26: Morris gets one yard on the read-option play.
2nd and 9 >25: Same play, same result. Morris for one yard on the read-option.
3rd and 8 >24: Griffin III is flushed out of the pocket and can’t connect with Joshua Morgan.
4th and 8 >24: Forbath attempts a 42-yard field goal and hits it. He has the NFL record for consecutive field goals to begin a career (17).

7:37: Eagles 7, Redskins 6; Drive summary: 5 plays, 29 yards, 2:02

Kickoff: Brown takes it to the Philadelphia 22-yard line before he’s taken down by Bryan Kehl.


1st and 10 >22: Foles is sacked by Kerrigan — again — for a loss of three yards. Great timing for his best game of the year by the Purdue product.
3rd and 12 >20: Foles is intercepted by middle linebacker London Fletcher, who takes it to the Philadelphia 25-yard line. That’s Fletcher’s fifth interception of the season.


1st and 10 >25: Griffin III finds Garcon for a two-yard gain.
2nd and 8 >23: Morris rumbles for a six-yard gain, carrying Philadelphia defenders with him.
3rd and 2 >17: Morris again carries the ball, this time for a gain of four and the first down.
2nd and 8 >11: Griffin III’s pass is complete to Morgan for 11 yards and the touchdown. Nice maneuvering there by the receiver, and the Redskins take the lead.
Extra point: Forbath’s kick is good.

3:30: Redskins 13, Eagles 7; Scoring drive: Five plays, 25 yards, 2:45.

Kickoff: Touchback.


1st and 10 >20: Foles pass is nearly intercepted by Josh Wilson, who appeared to hurt his finger/arm on the play. His return was questionable, but he returned to the game later in the drive.
2nd and 10 >20: Foles finds Jason Avant wide open along the left sideline for a gain of 16 yards.
1st and 10 >36: McCoy breaks free on a passing play and gains 15 yards. Two straight big plays for the Eagles.
1st and 10 <49: Another big play, this time due to a missed tackle by D.J. Johnson. Twelve yards to Damaris Johnson.
1st and 10 <37: Another 12-yard gain and first down, this time to Jeremy Maclin.
1st and 10 <25: Foles finds Avant again for a six-yard gain. Well, at least it wasn’t a first down.
2nd and 9 <24: (After false start) On his first play back, Wilson combines with nose tackle Barry Cofield to make a nice tackle on a four-yard passing play to Maclin.
3rd and 5 <20: Foles to Avant, again, this time for eight yards and the first down.
1st and 10 <12: Foles carries the ball inside the 10, but tackle King Dunlap is called for holding.
1st and 20 <22: Foles makes a nice play with Cofield bearing down on him and gets two yards on a pass to McCoy, who’s brought down by Lorenzo Alexander.
2nd and 18 <20: Foles throws the ball away at his receiver’s feet.
3rd and 18 <20: Foles finds Evan Moore in the end zone, but he was ruled out of bounds on the catch. Moore got one foot in, but not two.
4th and 18 <20: Alex Henery’s 38-yard attempt is good.

0:18: Redskins 13, Eagles 10; Scoring drive: 12 plays, 60 yards, 3:12.

Kickoff: Touchback.


1st and 10 <20: Griffin III takes a knee.

CHIME IN: What are YOU thoughts from the first half of action of today’s game? Feel free to comment below.

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