For the first time this season, the Washington Redskins are leading through three quarters of play.
The offense looked stagnant out of the locker room. On the first drive of the third quarter it was three-and-out and the second was stunted by a fumble forced out of the hands of Logan Paulsen. After a missed Raiders field goal though, the Redskins orchestrated their best drive of the game and capped it off with a touchdown connection between Robert Griffin III and Pierre Garcon once again.
The defense has created pressure all day, and on the last two plays of the third quarter Barry Cofield and Brian Orakpo recorded back-to-back sacks.
Here’s complete play-by-play of fourth quarter:
Redskins 10th Drive Continued:
2nd and 7 <39: Robert Griffin III hits Logan Paulsen. Made sure the pigskin was his.
1st and 10 >47: Roy Helu Jr. powers his way to a seven-yard gain.
2nd and 3 >40: Helu Jr. trips and loses a yard.
3rd and 4 >41: Timeout Raiders. After the break, Griffin III tries to hit Santana Moss but he is just a stride behind of what would have been a huge completion.
4th and 4 >41: Sav Rocca’s punt fair caught at the 14.
Raiders 11th Drive:
1st and 10 <14: Rashad Jennings breaks a tackle and gains a first down.
1st and 10 <28: Jennings is quickly trapped and taken down by Ryan Kerrigan.
2nd and 8 <30: Flynn’s pass is off the hands of Rod Streater.
3rd and 8 <30: Flynn is sacked by Barry Cofield for the Redskins’ sixth sack of the game.
4th and 10 <28: Chris Thompson is back deep…let’s it bounce out of bounds around the 25.
Redskins 11th Drive:
1st and 10 <24: Griffin III under center…Leonard Hankerson in motion…Roy Helu Jr. loses one on the carry.
2nd and 11 <23: Pistol formation…Griffin III hits Darrel Young for a short gain.
3rd and 6 <27: Offsides on the Raiders. Penalty negates possible turnover.
3rd and 1 <32: Griffin III rolls out trying to find Moss but the duo can’t connect.
4th and 1 <32: Jacoby Ford lets Sav Rocca’s punt bounce before making a play with it. Gains some yardage.
Raiders 12th Drive:
1st and 10 <30: Flynn is nearly sacked before gaining two yards with his legs.
2nd and 8 <32: Flynn under center…nearly sacked but connects with Denarius Moore for a first down.
1st and 10 <44: Jennings gains four.
2nd and 6 <48: Ryan Kerrigan forces a fumble and it’s recovered by the Redskins! Barry Cofield with the scoop.
Redskins 12th Drive:
1st and 10 >42: Griffin III escapes three sack attempts and flings it to an open Helu Jr. who hurdles a dejected Raider. Shades of Seattle in 2011.
1st and 10 >14: Helu Jr. just refuses to go down and gets a 14-yard TOUCHDOWN! His first touchdown since 2011.
Extra point is GOOD! Redskins now up by 10, 24-14.
John Potter’s kick is returned to the 29. First kickoff of the day that didn’t go down for a touchback,
Raiders 13th Drive:
1st and 10 <29: Flynn hits Streater. Gains 14.
1st and 10 <43: Jennings gains five.
2nd and 5 <48: Mychal Rivera gains 26 yards in the middle of the defense. First down for the Raiders.
1st and 10 >26: Jennings gets about three, but illegal formation voids gain.
1st and 15 >31: Flynn hits Jerod Mastrud for the first time today.
2nd and 7 >23: Jennings gains enough for a first down. Scratch that, he was stopped just short.
3rd and 1 >16: Pressure by London Fletcher forces Flynn to cock back and throw much quicker than he wanted to. Fourth down.
4th and 1 >16: Quarterback sneak…is unsuccessful! Turnover on downs.
Redskins 13th Drive:
1st and 10 <16: Helu Jr. is stopped behind the line.
2nd and 11 <15: Helu Jr. gains a handful. Timeout Raiders. Just trying to run the clock down now.
3rd and 8 <18: Helu Jr. breaks out and finds open room for a huge first down gain. Raiders burn their last timeout.
1st and 10 <27: Helu Jr. picks up two. Two-minute warning.
2nd and 8 <29: Even though the Raiders know it’s coming, they can’t stop Helu Jr. Gains four straight up the middle.
3rd and 4 <33: Timeout Redskins. After the brief breather, Helu Jr. gains three. Fourth down.
4th and 1 <36: Rocca’s punt bounces out of bounds at the 30.
Raiders 14th Drive:
1st and 10 <30: Flynn connects with Jennings but the final whistle blows just before they can run another play. Game over, Redskins win!
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