By Troy Jefferson
The Washington Redskins once again were in must win mode at home against their beltway rivals.
Baltimore lost a heartbreaker against Pittsburgh last week and tried to break the Redskins’ playoff hopes. The Redskins were looking to extend their impressive three game win streak, but many NFL Predictions had the Ravens getting out of town with a win.
RG3 and the offense started the game off with a fantastic 10-play 80-yard drive that resulted in a Joshua Morgan receiving touchdown (his first of the year).
Baltimore responded with an 81-yard drive, Joe Flacco tied the game with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin. Anquan Boldin was a problem for the Redskins’ secondary all day catching two touchdown passes for 78 yards.
The first quarter fireworks weren’t over just yet. Washington pieced together another touchdown drive that started on their own 17-yard line, this time Alfred Morris pounded it in for a touchdown. However, the second quarter would not be as kind to the Redskins. Baltimore forced an Alfred Morris fumble, two punts, and scored two touchdowns. Washington went to half time down 21-14.
The Redskins’ defense looked impressive for the second straight week in the second half. Kai Forbath tightened the game with two long field goals. Trailing 21-20 entering the fourth quarter things got interesting.
Washington had two three and outs in the fourth quarter and looked defeated after Ray Rice barreled through for a touchdown. Washington had one last chance with four minutes left down by eight. RG3 and the offense were moving the ball down the field when the star quarterback went down with a scary looking injury.
Haloti Ngata smashed into Griffin’s knee, making it move awkwardly. Robert Griffin left the game then returned for a play then left again. The Redskins say the first round pick sprained his knee and his status is still uncertain for next week. Kirk Cousins came into the game and finished the job.
The former Michigan State QB hit Garcon for a touchdown and ran in on a QB draw on the two-point conversion to force overtime. The Ravens received the ball but went three and out. Richard Crawford replaced Brandon Banks on punt returns today and gave Washington excellent field position in the OT period. Three plays later Forbath nailed the game winning field goal from 34-yards away.
Game MVP(S): Kirk Cousins (saved the season) threw a touchdown and converted two point conversion. Kai Forbath made three field goals, including the game winner.
Moving Forward: Redskins (7-6) travel to Cleveland (5-8) next Sunday.