Near the end of the second quarter, the Redskins offense put together it’s best drive of the season.
Marching 74 yards on 11 plays in 5 minutes 25 seconds, the Redskins converted three third downs, including a 3-yard touchdown grab by Jordan Reed. The dynamic pass catcher has already set a career-high and a franchise rookie record with 87 receiving yards in this contest.
Brian Orakpo also checked off a big first.
Orakpo gave Washington the lead with a well-executed tip drill, snagging an interception out of the air and running 29 yards into the end zone. That marks the first interception, and therefore, the first pick-six for a touchdown.
In another first, Chris Baker notched the inaugural sack of his career to knock Jay Cutler out of the game. Jordan Reed has already put together a career-high with 84 receiving yards.
The Redskins decided to try their luck punting to Devin Hester and subsequently got burned. Hester became the first man in NFL history with 19 touchdown returns including missed field goals, edging out Deion Sanders.
Quarter High: Jordan Reed capping off the Redskins’ last drive with a third-down touchdown.
Quarter Low: Devin Hester exploiting the Redskins’ punt coverage unit.
The Redskins had the lead and the momentum heading into the third quarter. You can see how it played out with the running recap below.
Bears eighth drive
Forbath kicks for a touchback
1st and 10 <20: Matt Forte finds a hole and runs for 12 yards.
1st and 10 <32: Forte runs left for 2 yards.
2nd and 8 <34: Josh McCown rolls out right and throws incomplete.
3rd and 8 <34: McCown finds Brandon Marshall open in the middle, converting the third down with a 14-yard pass.
1st and 10 <48: Forte runs for 2 yards before running into a gang of Redskins.
2nd and 8 <50>: McCown slips by a sack and forces an incomplete pass.
3rd and 8 <50>: McCown is hit as he throws. Orakpo is called for roughing the passer.
1st and 10 >35: Earl Bennett turns a short pass into an 9-yard gain
2nd and 1 >26: Forte picks up 3 yards.
1st and 10 >23: Forte runs right, slipping a couple tackles for a 9-yard gain.
2nd and 1 >14: Orakpo shoots a gap in the middle and stops Forte for a 2-yard loss.
3rd and 3 >16: McCown is flushed out of the pocket, and he can’t find anyone open.
4th and 3 >16: Robbie Gould is on to attempt the 34-yard field goal. The kick is no good, pushing wide right by just a hair. The Redskins maintain a seven point lead.
Redskins eighth drive
1st and 10 <24: Robert Griffin III runs for 9 yards.
2nd and 1 <33: Morris runs for no gain.
3rd and 1 <33: Griffin III hits Hankerson on a comeback route, but the receiver can’t hold on.
4th and 1 <33: Rocca is on to punt. Hester lets the ball roll with Washington’s coverage unit in pursuit. The ball is downed at 19-yard line.
Bears ninth drive
1st and 10 <19: Alshon Jeffery takes a short pass 22 yardsup the left side.
1st and 10 <42: Earl Bennett hauls in an 8-yard catch.
2nd and 2 <50>: Matt Forte busts through middle of the line, shakes a defender and sprints for a 50-yard touchdown. After Gould’s kick, we have another tie, 24-24.
Redskins ninth drive
Josh Morgan receives Gould’s kick in the end zone and returns it 19-yards to the 17-yard line.
1st and 10 <17: Alfred Morris takes the handoff 15-yards behind the left side of the offensive line.
1st and 10 <32: Griffin III runs for 1 yard.
2nd and 9 <33: Griffin III launches a play-action pass 11 yards to Jordan Reed.
1st and 10 <44: Morris picks up 5 yards.
2nd and 5 <49: Griffin III find Aldrick Robinson near the right sideline, and Robinson turns it up for a 30 yard gain.
1st and 10 >21: Roy Helu Jr. runs for an 8-yard gain.
2nd and 2 >13: Roy Helu Jr. runs 10 yards, but is stopped short of the end zone.
1st and Goal >3: Helu Jr. gets the call again, plowing through for his second touchdown of the game. This is the first multi-touchdown game of his career. Forbath’s extra point is good. Washington leads again, 31-24.
Bears 10th drive
Forbath kicks off to Eric Weems, and Jose Gumbs hammers him into the ground at the 11-yard line.
1st and 10 <11: Josh McCown scrambles for 13 yards and a first down before sliding down.
1st and 10 <24: Brandon Marshall catches a short pass and takes it to the sideline for a 5-yard gain.
2nd and 5 <29: McCown lofts a pass to Alshon Jeffery on the right side for a big gain. Brandon Meriweather notches the big hit, and he’s called for a personal foul.
1st and 10 >28: McCown passes to Marquess Wilson for 3 yards.
2nd and 7 >Forte runs for 1 yard.
That’ll do it for the third quarter.
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