Pregame perspective can change when reflected through diamonds.
Sunday marks the annual Alumni Homecoming game. Before Washington could face the Chargers, Redskins legends roamed the innards of FedExField, their hands weighted with Super Bowl rings. The Redskins are wearing throwback uniforms, but the biggest presence of past pride resides in the men wearing burgundy-and-gold letter jackets.
I don’t want to overstate the impact of the day. In most respects, the game will kick off and become a routine exercise for the professional football players. But as a nostalgia junkie and a fan of the game’s history, I have to believe the players who make eye contact with Doug Williams or shake Darrell Green’s hand feel something significant.
The alumni are living reminders that the current crop represent everyone who put on the uniform. Who wants to let down a Hall-of-Famer?
It’s time to see how much my bluster about feelings and tradition matter against yet another team led by a top-flight quarterback.
You can follow my live blog the first quarter below.
Check out this video of Santana Moss revving up his teammates before running out the tunnel.
COIN TOSS: San Diego chose tails and lost the toss. The Redskins have deferred. San Diego will receive.
Kai Forbath kicks for to Lavelle Hawkins, who returns it 22 yards to the San Diego 21-yard line.
Chargers first drive
1st and 10 <21: Ryan Mathews runs for 11 yards.
1st and 10 <32: Rivers drops back to pass, looks and completes a pass to Danny Woodhead up the left side of the field for 20 yards.
1st and 10 >48: Mathews gets 2 yards in a pile.
2nd and 8 >46: Flags on the field. False start San Diego.
2nd and 13 <49: Woodhead runs for no gain.
3rd and 13 <49: Rivers sets up in the shotgun and tries to squeeze in a shot to Vincent Brown between three defenders. The ball hits the turf.
4th and 13 <49: Mike Scifresd l punts a beauty. Joshua Morgan ignores it, and the ball bounces dead. San Diego downs it at the 1-yard line.
Redskins first drive
Washington starts with the worst field position imaginable.
1st and 10 <1: Robert Griffin III fakes a handoff and throws just behind Pierre Garcon, who can’t make the catch and pounds the ground in frustration.
2nd and 10 <1: Griffin III takes the pistol snap and whips a quick throw to Leonard Hankerson for 4 yards.
3rd and 6 <5: Griffin III takes a short drop, then finds Jordan Reed for 8 yards on an out route to the left side.
1st and 10 <13: Griffin III fakes one handoff and runs an option to the right, pitching to Jordan Reed for an 18-yard gain. That’s a nifty way to draw up the first run of the game.
1st and 10 <31: Morris runs for 1 yard.
2nd and 10 <32: Griffin III lines up under center, fakes a handoff and rolls right. This time he hits Garcon in stride. The wideout runs up the right sideline for a 30-yard gain.
1st and 10 >38: Griffin III tries the quick slant to Jordan Reed, but the young tight end cut his route off early.
2nd and 10 >38: Morris gets stopped for a 1-yard loss.
3rd and 11 >39: Jordan Reed breaks open in the middle of the field, and Griffin III threads a pass for a first down and 14 yards.
1st and >25: Darrel Young takes a handoff up the middle for 3 yards.
2nd and 7 >22: Morris runs for 1 yard.
3rd and 5 >21: Griffin III finds Logan Paulsen on an out route to convert Washington’s third third down of the day.
1st and 10 >14 : Morris tries to cut outside for no gain.
2nd and 10 >14: Griffin III fakes a handoff and hits Niles Paul for 6 yards.
3rd and 4 >8: Griffin III steps back, then forward for a draw play sniffed out by San Diego.
4th and 3 >7: Kai Forbath’s 25-yard field goal is blocked by Lawrence Guy. The Redskins travel 92 yards and come away with nothing.
Chargers second drive
1st and 10 <20: Mathews runs right for 7 yards.
2nd and 3 <27: Woodhead runs right for 6 yards.
1st and 10 <33: Mathews runs for 2 yards.
2nd and 8 <35: Philip Rivers completes a 10-yard pass to Ladarius Green.
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