By Mark Pierce
On a day that saw Redskins kicker Billy Cundiff badly missing three crucial field goals, and the specter of falling to a 1-3 record became remarkably vivid, sweet redemption occurred for the veteran when he booted the 41 yard game-winner through the uprights as the 2-2 Washington Redskins triumphed over a determined Tampa Bay squad 24-22.
Tampa Bay took the lead for the first time since the first quarter with 1:42 remaining on Connor Barth’s 47 yard field goal, making the score 22-21. The kick was Barth’s 25th in a row. The Tampa Bay veteran also made kicks from 57 and 50 yards on the day. It certainly appeared at that point that The Buccaneers had all the momentum.
But RGIII quickly moved the Redskins into position for a score using a combination of relatively short throws and keepers to move the chains, setting up Cundiff for the winning score.
The much maligned defense, and in particular the secondary, turned in exemplary performances today, holding Tampa Bay to 22 points, a season best performance by Washington in terms of points allowed. Ryan Kerrigan demonstrated yet again that he is capable of taking on the mantle of defensive leader from London Fletcher in the future. Deangelo Hall had an interception, but the Skins got no points from the turnover.
On the day Griffin was 26/35 for 323 yards, spreading the ball around to a remarkable 9 different receivers. Alfred Morris ran the ball 21 times for 113 yards, the highlight of which was a 39 yard touchdown scamper.