Redskins & RGIII Survive Buccaneers on Last Second Field Goal from Billy Cundiff
This game was a tale of two halves, with the Redskins dominating the first half to a 21-6 lead, and the Buccaneers imposing their will in the second. Tampa Bay scored 16 unanswered points in the second half before Washington quickly made it down the field to set up the game-winning field goal.
Robert Griffin III had a typically impressive day throwing the ball, but it was Josh Freeman's second half that stole the show. If not for Washington's success on the ground, this game may have had an entirely different outcome.
The Redskins move to 2-2 and will head home to face the Atlanta Falcons, while the Buccaneers have a week to reassess their strategy, and reflect on their 1-3 record on their bye week
Final Score: Buccaneers 22, Redskins 24
Garcon's return to the lineup left a lot to be desired. He finished with just one catch for 20 yards, and cashed in on the fumble recovery in the endzone, but he had two bonehead penalties that hurt the Redskins offense.
Trent Williams played well by normal standards, but considered he looked severely limited in pregame warmups, he played an outstanding game.
Hall looked overmatched against Jackson, and Wilson allowed Williams too much space to make gain yards after the catch. The front seven only got to Freeman once, but Kerrigan's active hands and pressure off the edge came at the right time for the Redskins.
This may fall under the 'a win is a win' banner, but this game raises a lot of questions for the Redskins.
The Redskins finished the game with 24 first downs, averaging 5.3 yards per carry and ground out 160 rushing yards against a Bucs unit that allowed an average of 47.3 yards in their first three games of the season.
Washington has to find a way to improve their kicking game long term, because Cundiff could have cost them the game in Tampa. If he connects on his first three attempts, the score would have been 30-20 assuming the Bucs opted for the extra point instead of two.
It comes down to a touchdown drive and a desperation onside kick for the Buccaneers as opposed to a last second kick for the Redskins to win it in the end.
Kicking can change the course of a game, and the Redskins learned the hard way against Tampa Bay.
The first half was almost all Redskins, as they went into the locker room with a 21-6 lead. They had Freeman out of his rhythm, they were finding success in the ground game, and Griffin was his usual efficient self throughout.
The Buccaneers put up a fight in the second half, scoring 16 unanswered points, and putting the Redskins backs against the wall.
Big plays from Jackson and Williams kept the Bucs offense alive, while big stops from the defense kept the Redskins off the board for much of the second half.
Strongest arm. Fastest legs. Sharpest wit. Hardest count. Longest braids. Coolest ads. Biggest nuts. #RGIII— Burgundy Blog (@BurgundyBlog) October 1, 2012
Cundiff may have hit the game-winner, but Griffin got him in range for his redemption.
The rest is elementary, even as the Buccaneers work the pitch back on the kickoff following the field goal. The clocks reads triple zeros and the Redskins breathe a sigh of relief after yielding another lead in the fourth quarter.
Griffin and Freeman have big games, throwing for a combined 622 yards with Freeman notching a touchdown as well as an interception.
Hail yea!!!! Yessir Skins— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) September 30, 2012
The difference maker for the game was Morris, who gouged the Bucs top-ranked rush defense for 113 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.
Final Score: Buccaneers 22, Redskins 24
The Redskins began the drive with plenty of time to work down the field, but you have to wonder if they would prefer a touchdown over putting the game on the leg of an 0-for-3 kicker in Cundiff.
Completions of 15 and 20 yards get the drive going before Griffin takes off to the right and picks up 15 yards to move the Redskins closer. A five yard penalty backs the Redskins up, making it a 41-yard field goal try.
Cundiff earns a stay of execution drilling the most important kick of the day, and maybe his career for the time being.
Buccaneers 22, Redskins 24 ; 0:03 remaining in the game
They've been talking about Barth's streak of 24 consecutive field goals, and the Buccaneers have their hopes riding on a 47-yarder. In the history of streaks, whenever one is mentioned multiple times in a game, the likelihood of missing increases exponentially.
No jinx in this contest, as Barth hits the field goal to put the Buccaneers up with 1:45 remaining.
Buccaneers 22, Redskins 21
A bad snap and pressure on his back don't stop Freeman from completing a big pass to Tiquan Underwood for 19 yards and another big reaction from the Tampa Bay faithfuls.
The Redskins look nothing like they did in the second quarter, and the Buccaneers have taken complete control of the game.
If they can't stop the Buccaneers, or respond to a score, this would be the third straight game in which the Redskins gave up a lead in the fourth quarter en route to a loss.
2:00 remaining in the Fourth Quarter
Griffin takes off towards the left sideline, looking for the first down marker to keep the drive, and the Redskins hopes of winning the game, alive. He steps out about a yard shy, and everyone is wondering why he didn't extend the ball or lay out for the first.
The Redskins challenge, but every angle available shows that he was out before he reached the marker and it brings up a fourth down.
I don't know who the guys that tell Shanahan to challenge or not are but they need to be in the Billy Cundiff meeting— Ray Smith (@SonofWashington) September 30, 2012
It rests on the defense to keep the Buccaneers off the board in the final four minutes of the game. They were lucky on the last drive, but that isn't going to matter on this drive.
3:38 remaining Fourth Quarter
Anyone who changed the channel at halftime is kicking themselves now, as the Buccaneers have done a complete 180 since the break. They've scored 14 unanswered points, and are all over the Redskins on both sides of the ball.
The Redskins get one first down before the Bucs' stop their progress and force the punt.
Freeman has been absolutely perfect in this quarter, throwing darts into tight windows where he was missing earlier in the game. One touchdown to claim the lead would likely put this one away for the Buccaneers as the Redskins have done nothing since the end of the third quarter.
A big stop by Kerrigan forces the Buccaneers to punt, halting the comeback for now.
6:13 remaining Fourth Quarter
First play of the Buccaneers drive, Freeman runs a hard playaction and hurls one to Jackson down the left side. Jackson lays out and makes the big catch to bring the crowd back into the game. Williams eclipsed the century mark on his 65-yard reception, and Jackson goes over 100 yards with his 22-yard catch to the Redskins two yard line.
Blount gets the call on second down, and bulls his way through the Redskins defense for the score!
Tampa Bay goes for two, backed up by a false start, but fail to convert. The Bucs are showing more than just a few signs of life, they look like they have every intention of completing the comeback.
Buccaneers 19, Redskins 21 ; 9:41 remaining Fourth Quarter
The Redskins have 21 first downs on the day, and are driving to answer the Buccaneers touchdown in the third quarter. Morris has 113 yards and a touchdown on the day, and hasn't slowed in this half.
Griffin tried to run off the left side on the third and short, but is brought down by McCoy to bring up fourth down and bring on the field goal unit.
Cundiff's third field goal attempt for the day hooks to the left of the upright, dropping him to 0-for-3 on the day.
The Redskins just got Cundiffed— trey wingo (@wingoz) September 30, 2012
If the game comes down to any one of those three field goals, expect the Redskins to replace Cundiff this week.
12:13 remaining Fourth Quarter
With the crowd back in the game, and the defense laying it on the Redskins, Washington pulls out a bit of trickery with a toss to Banks who throws it back to Griffin, who then completes a pass to Niles Paul to keep the drive alive.
Wasn't pretty but it worked. #redskinscreativity— Dan Hellie (@DanHellie) September 30, 2012
Tampa Bay challenges the ruling on the field, claiming Banks' pass to Griffin was a forward pass and not a lateral. If the call is overturned, expect Raymond James Stadium to explode.
15:00 remaining Fourth Quarter
Leave it to the Redskins to give the Buccaneers their longest play of the season on the 65-yarder from Freeman to Williams. Josh Wilson has allowed some big completions on the day, and looked bad on that play.
LeGarrette Blount gets his second carry of the day and puts Reed Doughty on his back for his troubles.
In the redzone, Freeman throws it up to Jackson who beats Hall and Madieu Williams for the first points of the second half!
Buccaneers made the most of their big play, now the Redskins have to find a way to respond.
Buccaneers 13, Redskins 21 ; 1:56 remaining Third Quarter
Garcon gets flagged for a cheap shot on Aqib Talib, and gets a set on the sidelines for his efforts. In contrast to the previous call, this penalty is a drive-killer, and the Redskins give the ball and some momentum back to the Buccaneers.
Pleaçe çettle down Garçon, thanks.— Danny (@recordsANDradio) September 30, 2012
On the first play of the drive, Freeman throws a perfect strike to Mike Williams, who runs after the catch for a 65-yard gain. The crowd, and the Bucs showing signs of life!
3:30 remaining Third Quarter
The Bucs get a huge sack on Griffin that nearly resulted in a safety. The hit brings the crowd to life, but is quickly quelled by a roughing the passer call that nets the Redskins a first down and more room to work with.
Griffin is flushed out of the pocket and launches one down the field, where Barber and Garcon get tangled up and go to the ground.
RGIII has some mystical power that causes everyone around him to commit penalties.— Burgundy Blog (@BurgundyBlog) September 30, 2012
Garcon clearly pulled Barber to the ground, and earns an offensive pass interference call. It isn't a drive-killing penalty, but those lapses can't happen if the Redskins want to keep their lead.
6:26 remaining Third Quarter
The Redskins came into the game allowing 337 passing yards per game. They've held Freeman and the Bucs to 106 yards through nearly two and a half quarters. DeAngelo Hall is playing with a big chip on his shoulder after the criticism the defense got after last week's letdown.
Hey Tampa Bay Buccaneers you still think Raheem Morris was the problem?? You fired a good coach!! #Truth— Steeler Boi/G\ (@MrExquisite305) September 30, 2012
The Buccaneers get one first down before the Redskins defense locks down the receivers. The ensuing punt sees Banks pinned inside the 10, giving the Buccaneers defense a bit of a break, if only a small one.
9:46 remaining Third Quarter
It bears repeating that Tampa Bay's run defense looks tired trying to stop Morris. The Redskins opened the half with a 13-yard run, and followed it up with a screen to Davis, and a 17 yard pass to Morgan over the middle.
Redskins receivers are finding soft spots in the middle of the field, and making the first tackler miss on every catch. A 15-yard clipping penalty backs the Redskins up, and their drive fizzles in Buccaneers territory.
11:21 remaining in Third Quarter
Griffin is having another great game in his already impressive rookie campaign. He has completed 12 out of 15 passes for 145 yards, allowing his receivers to gain yards after the catch. The second half could feature a few shots down the field with the game in hand at the half.
Freeman has completed 13 out of 22 passes for just 88 yards and one interception. The Redskins defense has allowed 10 passing touchdowns this season, but has stifled the Buccaneers today.
If the Buccaneers expect to have a chance in the second half, they will need to come out of the locker room fired up. They need to re-establish some balance on offense, having run the ball just nine times in the first half.
They can't get it all back at once, but Tampa Bay can claw their way back into this game with a strong defensive outing to start the second half.
Terrible punt from Michael Koenen sets the Redskins up on their own 42 with :14 remaining and a timeout to work with. A short completion to Hankerson gains just six yards, but eats seven seconds off the clock.
Griffin connects with Josh Morgan over the middle for a 13-yard gain and a quick timeout. The Redskins set up for a 56-yard field goal attempt, Cundiff missed from short in the first half.
Cundiff's kick is straight, but falls short of the uprights, and the teams head to the locker room at the end of the half.
Buccaneers 6, Redskins 21 ; Halftime
The Redskins offense is in no rush with the clock winding down in the second quarter. The Buccaneers, on the other hand, are looking to do something with the ball after stopping the 'Skins offense.
Despite the effort to drive with less than a minute left in the quarter, Freeman is missing any and every one of his teammates over the middle.
Washington's defense has collapsed the pocket enough to get Freeman moving more than he's comfortable with. Sacks aren't the only result of good pressure.
:18 remaining in the Second Quarter
Washington's pass rush is starting to get to Freeman, forcing some quick throws, errant throws and missed opportunities down the field. The Buccaneers offense resorts to a fake high snap for 17 yards and a first down.
The play extends the drive, but there isn't much life in this Tampa Bay offense.
Cool direct-snap play to Doug Martin works perfectly, as the rookie gets the left end for a gain of 17 into Washington territory.— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) September 30, 2012
Freeman is flushed out of the pocket and runs well short of the first down. Other than the trick play, Tampa Bay's offense looks every bit as anemic as it has all season.
2:00 remaining in Second Quarter
The Redskins hold the Buccaneers offense once again, with Ryan Kerrigan sacking Freeman to force a three-and-out.
Griffin looks comfortable in the pocket, making quick decisions, carving the Buccaneers secondary up for big gains.
After the completion to Leonard Hankerson, Morris jumps through a running lane and takes it to the house for a 39-yard touchdown!
Buccaneers 3, Redskins 21
Griffin goes untouchded into the endzone, to put the Redskins up 14-3 midway through the second quarter. The Redskins have scored points off of turnovers this season, which was sorely lacking last season.
All defensive efforts against Robert Griffin III inside the 10-yard line are futile.— Burgundy Blog (@BurgundyBlog) September 30, 2012
After what he did on the last scoring drive, there is no reason why the Buccaneers shouldn't be keeping a linebacker or safety home to stop the draw.
Redskins 14, Buccaneers 14 ; 7:26 remaining in the Second Quarter
First play of the Buccaneers drive, Barry Cofield gets his hands on Freeman and DeAngelo Hall intercepts the errant throw, giving the Redskins the ball back at the Bucs' 35 yard line.
The Redskins try to keep it on the ground, but Morris is engulfed by five Buccaneers defenders, losing three yards on the play.
Griffin connects with Davis for 12 yards, but he's short of the first down and the Redskins opt to go with it after Cundiff hooked his field goal try.
Washington gets the first down, Griffin drew Gerald McCoy offsides, but Morris picked up seven yards on the play.
9:05 remaining in the Second Quarter
The Buccaneers defense stymies the Redskins offense inside the 20 yard line, forcing Washington to settle for a Billy Cundiff field goal try.
Cundiff lines up and hooks the field goal to the right, giving the Bucs' defense a huge boost with that stop.
Where's Gano? #wideright— Bill Rohland (@BillRohland) September 30, 2012
After the big play that put the Redskins in striking distance, the Buccaneers handcuffed the 'Skins offense, holding them to just two yards and an incompletion.
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