12.02.2013 / Blog Posts Redskins
By Stephen Czarda, Redskins.com
The Washington Redskins came out of the gates quickly on Sunday night, achieving something they didn’t do against the San Francisco 49ers just six days earlier or on any prior opening drive this season—score a touchdown.
The opening drive, however, was the highlight of another second half slump as the Redskins fell to the New York Giants 24-17, dropping their record to 3-9 and officially eliminating them from playoff contention.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III quickly shook off last week’s underwhelming performance, connecting on his first 12 passes including five on the first drive for 58 yards. His efforts landed the burgundy and gold inside the five-yard line where Alfred Morris punched it into the end zone for his fifth rushing touchdown of the season.
Griffin III hit eight different receivers on the night, including Pierre Garcon for a team-high nine catches, but in the second half the aerial attack sputtered and Morris, who recorded a career-low 26 yards, carried the pigskin only two times.
While his nine receptions moved the chains for the Redskins, Garcon along with tight ends Logan Paulsen and Fred Davis dropped the ball at the most inopportune times and failed to hold onto a game that appeared to be going in the Redskins’ favor.
Defensively, Washington was once again led by two-time Pro Bowler and pass-rush specialist Brian Orakpo who recorded two sacks on Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Bull rushing his way through a makeshift line, Orakpo disrupted Manning’s timing throughout the night, forcing the G-Men to either risk a holding penalty or watch their star quarterback fall to the turf.
Orakpo’s presence also allowed safety Brandon Meriweather to record his second interception of the season. On a 3rd-and-2 from their own 23-yard line, Manning dropped back looking for Rueben Randle. Instead of finding his second-year target, the ball found the hands of the veteran safety.
The special teams unit had one of its better outing of the season, as Sav Rocca averaged over 40 yards per punt, Santana Moss returned four punts for a nearly nine yards per and Joshua Morgan recorded his longest kickoff return of the season (25 yards).
Washington (3-9) returns to FedExField next Sunday to take on the Kansas City Chiefs (9-3). Led by former longtime Eagles head coach Andy Reid and 2005 NFL Draft No. 1 pick Alex Smith, the Chiefs have rebounded from a 2-14 season to leader of the AFC’s first wildcard spot.
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