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The season officially unravelled in Minnesota.
On a Thursday night in Minnesota, the Redskins' 2013 campaign officially unravelled. Washington entered the game ready to close the gap on their division rivals but left it with a divided team ready to split apart.
Things started so well against the Vikings. For just over a half, the Redskins played some of their best offensive football of the Shanahan era.
Griffin threw for three scores and was ably supported by strong running from Alfred Morris. This was the ideal version of what the Shanahan offense is supposed to look like.
But with a 27-14 lead in the third quarter, the Redskins inexplicably collapsed. Suddenly the offense, that had progressed at will, couldn't get a play off.
Morris was stuffed, while Griffin was put under intense pressure every time he attempted to pass. Defensively, the Redskins were undone by backup tight end John Carlson and deputy quarterback Matt Cassel.
The Vikings erased their 13-point deficit to eventually take the game 34-27. At that moment, possibly the most defining one of the entire campaign, the Redskins season was over.
The defeat brought hidden tensions, such as Griffin's contentious relationship with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, to the surface.
Just as important, it showed that the 2013 version of the Redskins didn't have the fight the previous season's team had shown to win seven in a row.
Once the dust had settled following this painful loss, the 2013 campaign became all about power struggles and blame games.