By Mark Pierce
In what may be remembered as their most dramatic win of the season, the Washington Redskins came from behind and overcame an injury to their star quarterback to defeat a determined Baltimore Ravens team in overtime 31-28. The win brings the team record to 7-6, still tied with Dallas for second in the NFC East. Dallas also won today.
After the Redskins held the Ravens to a three and out series on their first possession of the OT, just activated defensive back Richard Crawford took the punt and sliced his way through Raven defenders for a clutch return that essentially iced position for the winning field goal. Redskins Kicker Kai Forbath continued with his winning ways, knocking in the game winner with confidence.
There was obviously a great deal of action which preceded the overtime period. The first half was a good deal more wide open offensively with the Redskins moving the ball well and scoring twice in the opening period behind the running of Alfred Morris and key RGIII tosses. Unfortunately the Ravens had their offense clicking as well, and Baltimore led at the half.
The Redskins defense made excellent halftime adjustments and held the Ravens offense in check for most of the second half, the exception being a Flacco to Boldin TD throw.
Griffin was hurt at the end of a 13-yard scramble while attempting to lead the game-tying drive with Washington trailing 28-20. He left for one play, returned for four, then was no longer able to continue. Enter Kirk Cousins for the second time in similar circumstances this season. Cousins hits Pierre Garcon with an 11 yard TD strike and then ran in the two point conversion with 29 seconds remaining.
More will be known concerning the status of RGIII’s knee following an MRI examination. It is not known when that will occur.