It was immediately apparent to anyone watching today’s contest between the St. Louis Rams and the Washington Redskins that these were two teams who did not care for each other personally a great deal. From the outset there was a good deal of pushing and shoving after each snap, and it became obvious early in the day that the contest was getting out of hand. The replacement officials, God bless them, had a ballgame they couldn’t control on their hands. In fact, the officiating in this game was so questionable that the lasting value of this game in the end may come to be predicated not on who won or who lost, but rather upon the rank amateur level of its officiating and its influence on the stalled labor negotiations with regular NFL officials.
From a Redskins fan perspective, several malcontents from the Rams defense in particular, along with pesky Rams receiver Danny Amendola doing his very best Wes Welker impression spoiled an otherwise notable outing by the Skins. Through the first two quarters Griffin and company engineered a 21-6 lead over the Rams. But third year Rams quarterback Sam Bradford engineered a comeback against the Redskins tossing the ball for 310 yards and three touchdowns. Veteran receiver Amendola had fifteen catches on the day, as the Redskins struggled to find an answer for the diminutive wideout.
Rookie QB Griffin continued to impress offensively, throwing for one touchdown and rushing for two others on the day. The Redskins were in a position to tie the game and send it to overtime when Griffin completed a 7 yard pass to wideout Josh Morgan, setting up a 48 yard field goal attempt for Redskins kicker Billy Cundiff. Morgan however, was baited by Rams defender Courtland Finnegan into a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, effectively moving the Redskin out of makeable field goal territory. Cundiff would try a 62 yarder, but the kick would sail wide.