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Around The Water Cooler: Redskins Defeat Vikings, 38-26

10.15.2012 / Blog Posts Redskins

Andrew Walker

It took a quarter for the Washington Redskins to get things going yesterday against the Minnesota Vikings, but once they hit the gas pedal, they never let up. The Redskins defeated the Vikings 38-26 to earn their first home win at FedExField since last September.

There were many key plays throughout the game for the Redskins (3-3), and the team’s offense, defense and special teams all played a huge part. But there was one particularly electrifying play that sealed the win for Washington and sent the 78,000-plus in attendance at FedExField into pandemonium.

The Vikings (4-2) were trying to make things interesting in the fourth quarter and had come within five points at 31-26 with 3:36 remaining in the game. They had forced the Redskins into a 3rd and 6 just 30 seconds later when quarterback Robert Griffin III lined up in the shotgun formation with running back Evan Royster next to him.

The Vikings sent an all-out blitz with six pass-rushers, meaning they left man-to-man coverage in the secondary.

["Man-to-man coverage: A defensive back must be careful not to let the receiver get by him in man-to-man coverage because he does not have any other defenders assigned to help him with that particular receiver.]

Griffin III took off with the ball, using blocks by Royster and his offensive line and squeezing by one Minnesota defender before quickly reaching the outside, where he got another great block by wide receiver Joshua Morgan. From there, Griffin III used his world-class speed to simply outrun the rest of the defense and sprinted 76 yards into the end zone to officially put the game out of reach.

It was one of those plays people will be talking about for years. Though Griffin III certainly showed off his elite athleticism on the play, it was a total team effort — not to mention it earned a victory for the good guys.

The Redskins now begin a very tough stretch of their schedule. On Sunday, they go to New York to play the Giants in their first NFC East Division game of the season before heading to always-tough Pittsburgh the following week to take on the Steelers.

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