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#DASvsWAS: Third Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Andrew Walker on December 30, 2012 – 10:31 pm

(AP photo)

(AP photo)

Just 15 minutes remain until this win-or-go-home, nationally televised game is complete.

Heading into the fourth quarter at FedExField, the Redskins lead the Cowboys, 14-7.

Here’s some key plays from each drive of the third quarter:

Kickoff: Returned by Dallas to its own 20-yard line where Reed Doughty makes a nice play.

COWBOYS’ FIRST DRIVE OF HALF:

1st and 10 <20: DeMarco Murray runs for three yards up the gut.
2nd and 7 <23: Murray again, this time to the left for six yards.
3rd and 1 <29: Murray, for a third straight time, gets the call, and falls forward for one yard to convert the first down.
1st and 10 <30: Murray makes some violent cuts and leaves several Redskins defenders behind and is finally tackled after a 21-yard gain.
1st and 10 >49: Felix Jones gets no gain on the run.
2nd and 10 >49: Romo’s pass intended for Dez Bryant is incomplete.
3rd and 10 >49: Romo is chased by Ryan Kerrigan and London Fletcher and throws the ball away. He appeared to be in the pocket, but the officials did not call intentional grounding. Nice stop by the Redskins’ defense.
4th and 10 >49: Brian Moorman’s punt covers 37 yards and is returned by Richard Crawford for three yards to his own 15.

REDSKINS’ ENSUING DRIVE:

1st and 10 >15: Alfred Morris gets five yards.
2nd and 5 >20: Morris gets three yards this time, getting to 100 yards on the day and within four yards of breaking Clinton
3rd and 2 >23: Robert Griffin III’s pass to Pierre Garcon is dropped. Right through the hands and to the grass — and would’ve converted the first down.
4th and 2 >23: Sav Rocca’s punt is taken to the Dallas 30-yard line.

COWBOYS’ ENSUING DRIVE:

1st and 10 <30: Murray gets the handoff and gets three yards up the middle.
2nd and 7 <33: Romo’s pass is incomplete, intended for Miles Austin. Romo was flushed out of the pocket, as Kerrigan nearly got a shoestring sack.
3rd and 7 <33: Another incompletion for Romo, who felt the heat from several Washington defenders.
4th and 7 <33: Moorman’s punt is fielded by DeAngelo Hall — and not Crawford — who drops the punt, but recovers at the Washington 18-yard line.

REDSKINS’ ENSUING DRIVE:

1st and 10 >18: Morris on the pitch play gets one yard. Three yards from breaking the single-season Redskins record.
2nd and 9 >19: Morris breaks Portis’ record with a 10-yard gain, giving him 111 on the day and 1,524 this season. Congrats, Alf!
1st and 10 >29: Josh LeRibeus replaces Kory Lichtensteiger at left guard, and Morris gets the carry again for a five-yard gain.
2nd and 5 >34: Another first down conversion by Morris, who gets six yards to the 40.
1st and 10 >40: Morris breaks free again. His fifth straight run, this time for 22 yards. Royster gives Morris a breather, who hears chants of “AL-FRED MOR-RIS” in the stands.
1st and 10 <38: Griffin III finally hooks up with Garcon for a big play, across the middle for 18 yards.
1st and 10 <20: Morris loses three yards on the run.
2nd and 13 <23: Griffin III’s screen pass to Garcon is complete for 13 yards and the first down.
1st and Goal <10: Griffin III takes the read option to his left and scores a 10-yard rushing touchdown. What a dangerous and confusing play for the opposing defense to have to cover — especially when Morris is having the game of his career.
Extra point: Kai Forbath’s kick is good.

3:10: Redskins 14, Dallas 7; Scoring drive: Nine plays, 82 yards, 5:14

Kickoff: Taken to the Dallas 35-yard line.

1st and 10 <35: Romo is nearly picked off by Fletcher. Falls to the turf.
2nd and 10 <35: Direct snap to Murray, who is taken down after a seven-yard gain.
3rd and 3 <33: With the defense bearing down, Romo cooly finds Witten across the middle for a 10-yard gain.1st and 10 <43: Jones gets eight yards on the run to his left.
2nd and 2 >49: Jones runs for three yards.
1st and 10 >46: Romo finds fullback Lawrence Vickers for an 11-yard gain, ending the third quarter.

CHIME IN: What are YOUR thoughts from the third quarter of action


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5 Responses to “#DASvsWAS: Third Quarter Thoughts”

  1. By RussianBreadMaker on Dec 30, 2012 | Reply

    Why isn’t Kyle S calling up any deep throws?

  2. By akacraney on Dec 30, 2012 | Reply

    Defense is bending a tad but not breaking. RG settling in O-line and Morris still looking great. Time to run that clock down and get another score..

  3. By RussianBreadMaker on Dec 30, 2012 | Reply

    Conservative play calls with the lead will kill you.

  4. By akacraney on Dec 30, 2012 | Reply

    4th quarter. 3rd and 8, up by 11 w/ 8 and some change on the clock. They pass long and incomplete. The clock stops…DEE DEE DEE. If they lose this game, it will be because of this play.

  5. By RussianBreadMaker on Dec 30, 2012 | Reply

    No…you pass on first down, element of surprise.

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