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#DALvsWAS: First Quarter Recollections

Posted by Andrew Walker on December 30, 2012 – 9:05 pm

(AP photo)

(AP photo)

The biggest regular-season game in FedExField history is underway.

With the NFC East title going to the winner — and a trip home going to the loser — this place is rockin’.

And, after a first quarter that featured two Tony Romo interceptions and a Redskins’ offense unable to capitalize, Washington and Dallas are knotted at zero.

Here’s some key plays from each drive in the quarter.

Kickoff: The Redskins received the opening kickoff. Tight end Niles Paul returned it to the Washington 15-yard line.

REDSKINS’ FIRST DRIVE:

1st and 10 <15: Robert Griffin III hands off to Alfred Morris, who who swamped by three Cowboys players after getting a yard.
2nd and 9 <16: Morris falls forward and gets two yards.
3rd and 7 <18: Griffin III’s pass across the middle to Joshua Morgan is dropped. Morgan had the first down — and then some.
4th and 7 <18: Sav Rocca’s punt was returned 28 yards by Dewayne Harris all the way to the 26-yard line.

COWBOYS’ FIRST DRIVE:

1st and 10 <26: DeMarco Murray runs for two yards. His first action against the Redskins this season.
2nd and 8 <24: Romo tries to find Miles Austin, but the pass is overthrown.
3rd and 8 <24: Romo passes across the middle and is picked off by rookie cornerback Richard Crawford — hs first-career interception. What a poorly thrown pass when a field goal was almost a sure thing on fourth down. The telecast showed Romo confronting a receiver after the play.

REDSKINS’ ENSUING DRIVE:

1st and 10 <29: Morris rumbles his way for 19 yards, lowering his shoulder to one defender and spinning away from another.
1st and 10 <48: On the read option — the Cowboys bought the Griffin III fake — Morris gets another 10 yards.
1st and 10 >42: Morris again, this time for a gain of four yards to his left.
2nd and 6 >38: Griffin III finds Santana Moss, who evades one tackler before getting out of bounds with a two-yard gain.
3rd and 4 >36: Griffin III runs it this time, and from the pistol, gains nine yards. Again, the defense bought the fake handoff.
1st and 10 >27: Morris on the stretch play to the right gets three yards.
2nd and 7 >27: Griffin III across the middle finds Morris, who gets five yards.
3rd and 2 >27: Morris on the handoff up the middle, and he gets no gain, sending the field-goal unit onto the field.
4th and 2 >27: Kicker Kai Forbath’s 37-yard field goal goes off the right post. His first miss in 18 attempts.

COWBOYS’ ENSUING DRIVE:

1st and 10 >27: Romo is sacked for a loss of four yards by middle linebacker London Fletcher. Romo had nowhere to go and fell to the ground in a well-covered play by the Redskins’ defense.
2nd and 14 >27: Romo’s pass is batted away by cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who nearly tips the ball back into his own hands before falling out of bounds.
3rd and 14 >27: Romo is flushed to his right and slings it to Dez Bryant, who gets 23 yards. Bryant beat Hall of the play, who thought the receiver got away with a push.
1st and 10 >46: Murray gets three yards.
2nd and 7 >49: Romo is picked off again, this time by Josh Wilson, who took an underthrown pass to Austin at the Washington 14-yard line. Nice read by Wilson on the high pass. That pick also represents the first time the Redskins have had seven multi-interception games since the 1999 season — their last NFC East title.

REDSKINS’ ENSUING DRIVE:

1st and 10 <14: Griffin III passes to Morris again, this time for seven yards. Griffin III had some time to throw, but the play was well-covered and he went with his check down.
2nd and 3 <21: On the read-option, Morris chugs ahead for five yards and the first down.
2nd and 10 <26: After an incompletion, Griffin III takes the snap and immedaitely finds Leonard Hankerson for a 12-yard gain. Nice focus by the receiver to make the play.
1st and 10 <38: Griffin III’s pass to Pierre Garcon falls incomplete.
2nd and 10 <38: Griffin III takes the read-option handoff and is violently shoved out of bounds after three yards.
3rd and 7 <41: Griffin III connects with Moss, who gets 11 yards and the first down.
1st and 10 >48: Morris runs for four yards.
2nd and 6 >44: Griffin III is chased out of the pocket and launches a pass that is nearly picked off along the sideline by cornerback Brandon Carr. Risky play.
3rd and 6 >44: Griffin III’s pass intended for Moss is incomplete.
4th and 6 >44: Rocca’s 33-yard punt is fair caught by Harris at the Dallas 11-yard line.

COWBOYS’ ENSUING DRIVE:

1st and 10 >11: Murray gets seven yards on the run.
2nd and 3 >18: Murray again — this time for four yards and the first down.

CHIME IN: What are YOUR thoughts from the first quarter of action tonight? Feel free to comment below.

 


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One Response to “#DALvsWAS: First Quarter Recollections”

  1. By Scott l on Dec 30, 2012 | Reply

    Rgiii looks slow.

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