|2012 Washington Redskins season|
|Head Coach||Mike Shanahan|
|Home Field||FedEx Field|
|Place||1st NFC East|
|Previous Season||Next Season|
The 2012 Washington Redskins season is the franchise's 80th season in the National Football League (NFL) and their 75th representing Washington, D.C. Their home games will be played at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland for the 16th consecutive season. Washington will play in the Eastern division of the National Football Conference (NFC). Template:TOC limit
2012 draft classEdit
- Main article: 2012 NFL Draft
The Redskins do not have a second-round selection.[a]
|1||2[a]||Robert Griffin III||Quarterback||Baylor|
|4||102||Kirk Cousins||Quarterback||Michigan St|
|109[b]||Traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers|
|6||173[d]||Alfred Morris||Running Back||Florida Atlantic|
|177[e]||Traded to the Arizona Cardinals|
|193[f]||Tom Compton||Offensive Tackle||South Dakota|
- ^[a] The team traded its original first-round selection (#6 overall), second-round selection (#39 overall) and first-round selections in 2013 and 2014 to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for the Rams' first-round selection (#2 overall).
- ^[b] The team acquired an additional fourth-round selection in a trade that sent QB Jason Campbell to the Oakland Raiders.
- ^[c] The team traded its original third round selection (#69 overall) to the Buffalo Bills for its 3rd round (#71 overall) and its 7th round selections (#217 overall).
- ^[d] The team acquired a new sixth-round selection (#173 overall) and a 2013 sixth-round selection in a trade that sent QB Donovan McNabb to the Minnesota Vikings.
- ^[e] The team traded its original sixth-round selection (#177 overall) and DE Vonnie Holliday to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for RB Tim Hightower.
- ^[f] The team traded the fourth-round pick acquired from the Oakland Raiders (#109 overall) to the Pittsburgh Steelers for its fourth-round (#119 overall) and its sixth-round (#193 overall) selections.
The Redskins' preseason schedule was announced on April 4, 2012. The Redskins finished with a 3–1 mark in preseason play, just as they did in 2011.
|Week||Date||Opponent||Results||Game site|| NFL.com|
|Final score||Team record|
|1||August 9||at Buffalo||W 7–6||1–0||Ralph Wilson Stadium||Recap|
|2||August 18||at Chicago||L 31–33||1–1||Soldier Field||Recap|
|3||August 25||Indianapolis||W 30–17||2–1||FedEx Field||Recap|
|4||August 29||Tampa Bay||W 30–3||3–1||FedEx Field||Recap|
|Week||Date||Opponent||Results||Game site|| NFL.com|
|Final score||Team record|
|1||September 9||at New Orleans||W 40–32||1–0||Superdome||Recap|
|2||September 16||at St. Louis||L 28–31||1–1||Edward Jones Dome||Recap|
|3||September 23||Cincinnati||L 31–38||1–2||FedEx Field||Recap|
|4||September 30||at Tampa Bay||W 24–22||2–2||Raymond James Stadium||Recap|
|5||October 7||Atlanta||L 17–24||2–3||FedEx Field||Recap|
|6||October 14||Minnesota||W 38–26||3–3||FedEx Field||Recap|
|7||October 21||at New York Giants||L 23–27||3–4||MetLife Stadium||Recap|
|8||October 28||at Pittsburgh||L 12–27||3–5||Heinz Field||Recap|
|9||November 4||Carolina||L 13–21||3–6||FedEx Field||Recap|
|11||November 18||Philadelphia||W 31–6||4–6||FedEx Field||Recap|
|12||November 22||at Dallas||W 38–31||5–6||Cowboys Stadium||Recap|
|13||December 3||New York Giants||W 17–16||6–6||FedEx Field||Recap|
|14||December 9||Baltimore||W 31–28 (OT)||7–6||FedEx Field||Recap|
|15||December 16||at Cleveland||Cleveland Browns Stadium|
|16||December 23||at Philadelphia||Lincoln Financial Field|
|17||December 30||Dallas||FedEx Field|
- Bold indicates division games.
- flexible scheduling. Indicates that the game time and network are subject to change as a result of
Week 1: at New Orleans SaintsEdit
The Redskins opened their 2012 season on the road, marking the much-anticipated debut of Robert Griffin III, the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Griffin started his career about as well as humanly possible, going 6/6 on his opening possession, setting up a 37-yard field goal by new Redskins kicker Billy Cundiff. However, the lead would be short lived as Six-time Pro Bowl QB Drew Brees marched his Saints down the field, culminating in a 20 yard touchdown pass to star tight end Jimmy Graham. For the first time, Griffin's resolve was tested, as he marched onto the field trailing for the first time. Griffin was unfazed, and after not completing a pass ahead of the line of scrimmage on his first possession, Griffin connected with fellow new Redskins Pierre Garcon for an 88 yard strike to give Washington a 10-7 lead.
In the second quarter, Washington's lead continued to grow, as Griffin found second-year man Aldrick Robinson for a 5 yard touchdown pass to extend Washington's advantage to 17-7. Cundiff added a 41 yard field goal to give Washington a 20-7 advantage. On the next Saints ensuing possession, Brees found Marques Colston who was on his way to an apparent touchdown, but fumbled in the Washington endzone, which resulted in a touchback. Appearing to go into the second half up 20-7, Saverio Rocca's punt was blocked and returned four yards for a touchdown by Saints special teamer Courtney Roby to make it 20-14 at the half.
Getting the ball to start the second half, Washington extended its advantage by way of a 1-yard rush TD by rookie running back Alfred Morris. Washington would again expand upon its lead via Cundiff's 37-yarder, to make it 30-14 Washington. Saints kicker Garrett Hartley hit a 21 yard field goal to close the third quarter scoring at 30-17.
In the fourth, Washington again pushed its advantage to 16 when Billy Cundiff nailed his fourth field goal of the day, this one from 45 yards. However, the Saints would not go quietly. On the Saints' ensuing possession, Brian Orakpo dropped an interception on 3rd and 10 that would've all but sealed the deal. With this new break, Brees made the Redskins pay, as Lance Moore beat Madieu Williams to the endzone for a 33 yard touchdown on 4th-and-10. Darren Sproles scored on the two-point conversion to cut the Redskins lead to 33-25.
The Redskins could not amass a first down on their next drive, and Drew Brees got the ball back with the crowd sensing a comeback. However, Brees overthrew his intended receiver on the first play of the drive, and DeJon Gomes returned the interception to the Saints 3 yard line, and on the next play, Alfred Morris extended the advantage to 40-25. However, the Saints continued to battle. It took Brees less than one minute to march New Orleans down the field and find Darren Sproles for a 2 yard touchdown pass, and the Saints again pulled within 8. The Redskins got the ball back and were able to nearly run out the clock, but gave Brees one last chance. However, fortunately for the Redskins, Brees' Hail Mary pass on the final play of the game fell short of the intended target and was intercepted by Reed Doughty to preserve the 40-32 upset win.
With the win, the Redskins began the season 1-0. Robert Griffin III became the first rookie QB to throw for 300 yards in his debut game and win the game.
Week 2: at St. Louis RamsEdit
Coming off their upset win over the New Orleans Saints, the Redskins continued their road trip and traveled to the Edward Jones Dome to meet the St. Louis Rams for a 5th consecutive season, and for the third consecutive season in St. Louis. The Redskins started the game very well with Josh Wilson recovering a Danny Amendola fumble and returning it to the endzone for a 7-0 Redskins lead on the first snap of the game. St. Louis would fight back, however, and pick up a Greg Zuerlein 39-yard field goal to cut the Redskins advantage to 7-3. Washington would close the first quarter with a Robert Griffin III touchdown run to give the Redskins a 14-3 lead going into the second quarter.
In the second, St. Louis continued to battle, as Zuerlein hit another field goal. However, on the Redskins' ensuing possession, Griffin III connected with Leonard Hankerson for a 68 yard strike on a play action pass, and the Redskins appeared to take firm control, with a 21-6 edge. However, St. Louis would prove resilient, led by Danny Amendola's 12 receptions in the first half, St. Louis pulled within 8 when Sam Bradford found the aforementioned Amendola to cut the Redskins' advantage to 21-13. Then, just before the half, Griffin threw his first career interception to Cortland Finnegan which set up Zuerlein's 42-yard field goal as the half ended to cut the lead to 21-16.
In the third, momentum continued to swing St. Louis' way as Bradford found a wide open Brandon Gibson to give St. Louis its first advantage of the game. Griffin III continued to amaze as he found the endzone for a second time on the ground, and Washington ended the third quarter up 28-23. However, late in the third, for the second straight week, a Saverio Rocca punt was blocked, this time by St. Louis tight end Matthew Mulligan.
To open the fourth, Bradford found Mulligan, and rookie Daryl Richardson scampered into the endzone for the two-point conversion, and St. Louis led 31-28. Washington was unable to get into position to tie the game, but had an opportunity late when Richardson fumbled and DeJon Gomes picked it up to give Washington the ball with less than 3 minutes to play. Washington drove the ball to the St. Louis 29, which would have set up a 46-yard field goal attempt by Billy Cundiff, but Josh Morgan was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after he threw the ball at Courtland Finnegan, moving Washington back to the St. Louis 46, and making it a 62 yard field goal. Cundiff's attempt was wide right and well short of the distance, and St. Louis held on for the 31-28 loss.
With the win , the Redskins fell to 2-0 Also, Washington fell to 2-3 in their last five games against St. Louis, dating back the 2008 NFL season. In that time, the Rams have compiled a 13-53 overall record.
Week 3: vs. Cincinnati BengalsEdit
Hoping to rebound from their road upset against the St. Louis Rams, the Redskins returned to FedEx Field in an attempt to win its sixth straight home opener and, simultaneously, snap a 6-game home losing streak, the longest such streak in the NFL currently.
Right out of the gate, things started off on the wrong foot for the Redskins, as the Bengals attempted a trick play on the first play of the game, and executed it to perfection, as rookie wide receiver Mohamed Sanu took the snap and found a wide open A.J. Green for a 73-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the game to make it 7-0 Bengals. The Redskins would go three-and-out on its next possession, but punter Saverio Rocca would pin the Bengals deep in their own end, and on the ensuing play, Bengals QB Andy Dalton, under duress in his own endzone, threw a pass too wide for running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, which was intercepted by linebacker Rob Jackson in the endzone for a Redskins touchdown, evening the score at 7 apiece. However, the Bengals would continue to set the tone offensively, as Dalton would find Armon Binns on the sideline for a 48-yard score to take a 14-7 lead.
In the second quarter, Cincinnati continued to dictate the flow of the game, ans things began to look grim for the Redskins in Robert Griffin III's home debut. Late in the second, Mike Nugent connected on a 37-yard field goal to extend Cincinnati's advantage to 17-7. Less than a minute later, Cincinnati recovered a Griffin III fumble, and BenJarvus Green-Ellis would score on a direct snap from one yard out to put Cincinnati in firm control, up 24-7. However, Washington refused to give up, as they drove down the field, and Billy Cundiff connected from 36 yards out to bring Washington back within two possessions, down 24-10.
In the second half, Washington got the ball to start the third quarter, and wasted no time. Rookie Alfred Morris scored from 7 yards out, and the defecit was cut to 24-17. Later, Cincinnati went 3-and-out, and Washington would rally to tie the game, with Griffin finding Santana Moss in the corner of the endzone to even the score at 24 apiece, in a game in which Washington seemed destined to lose earlier in the day.
In the fourth, however, Washington's defense could not sustain. After squandering solid field position twice, and being out of timeouts with over twelve minutes to play in the fourth, Dalton found Jermaine Gresham for a 6-yard TD to put the Bengals back on top, 31-24. The Redskins again went 3-and-out, and Dalton this time found speedy Andrew Hawkins for a 59-yard touchdown pass to give Cincinnati a 38-24 advantage. Washington, however, again refused to give in. Griffin III scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 38-31, and after Washington's defense forced a punt, Griffin began with the ball at his own 1 yard line, down 7, with no timeouts. Attempting to recreate The Drive nearly worked, as the Redskins got to the Bengals 20, but Griffin III was then sacked for a sixth time on the day, and a third time by Michael Johnson, and the Redskins were then flagged for a false start and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, making the once highly plausible last-second TD pass nothing short of a miracle. Griffin III threw up a prayer that fell incomplete as time expired, and Washington lost 38-31.
With the loss, the Redskins fell to 1-2 and sole possession of last place in the NFC East. They also set a mark for five consecutive games in which their defense allowed 30 or more points, dating back to the 2011 season. This is their seventh consecutive home loss.
Week 4: at Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit
Looking to snap a 2-game losing streak, the Redskins traveled to Raymond James Stadium for a duel with the Tampa Bay Buccanneers. The Redskins hadn't won in Tampa Bay since the 2006 playoff game in which they gained less than 150 yards.
In the first quarter, Tampa Bay struck first, with kicker Connor Barth nailing a 50-yard field goal to give Tampa a 3-0 lead. On the ensuing drive, Washington responded by quarterback Robert Griffin III running a quarterback draw, but fumbling in the endzone. Fortunately, however, Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon pounced on it, and gave Washington a 7-3 edge as time expired in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Washington continued to increase its lead, as Griffin III scored on what was this time a successful quarterback draw, and Washington extended its advantage to 14-3. After a Tampa Bay punt, Washington was able to convert again as Florida Atlantic rookie running back Alfred Morris scored on a 39-yard run to put Washington firmly in control at 21-3. Near halftime, Barth would hit a 57-yard field goal to bring Tampa Bay back within 2 scores, at 21-6.
In the third quarter, Washington's much-maligned defense through the first three games began to fall back into the same patterns. Josh Freeman began to find open receivers, including bombs to Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, to set Tampa Bay up in the redzone. Freeman would find Jackson for a 7-yard score, and Tampa cut the defecit to 21-13.
In the fourth, with an opportunity to take a 2-possession lead, Redskins kicker Billy Cundiff missed his third field goal of the day, this one from a mere 31 yards, and Washington all of a sudden was in a nail-biter. Freeman and the Buccaneer passing game continued to find its rhythm, and concluded the ensuing drive with a 2 yard run up the gut by LaGarrette Blount. However, Washington would retain the lead thanks to a failed two-point conversion attempt, at 21-19. Unfortunately, Washington could not sustain a drive, and gave the ball back to the now-clicking Tampa Bay offense. Tampa Bay got down the field, and Barth made his third long field goal of the day, to give Tampa Bay a 22-21 advantage with 1:42 to play. Washington would have one more chance, as Griffin III had his third chance in as many weeks to mount a comeback. With his headset malfunctioning, Griffin was left to fend for himself, and he was able to. With mere seconds to go, Griffin scrambled to the Tampa Bay 25, giving Billy Cundiff, who had gone 0-for-3 on field goals for the day, a chance for redemption and, quite possibly, a chance to save his job. This time, Cundiff delivered, squeezing the ball inside the upright for the 41-yard field goal with only 3 seconds to go, and Washington escaped, 24-22, when Tampa Bay's lateral drill was stopped short the endzone.
With the win, Washington improved to 2-2, and 2-0 against the NFC South.
Week 5: vs. Atlanta FalconsEdit
Looking to be over .500 for the second time this season, Washington returned home to face the 4-0 Atlanta Falcons, in hopes of snapping a 7-game home losing streak, as well as, as previously mentioned, be over .500 for the first time since Week 1.
A game that was billed to be a game with lots of offense, and little defense, ironically had the script flipped on its head. In the first quarter, neither team was able to threaten the other, and the teams played to a scoreless tie, with both teams struggling to get the offense in its normal rhythm.
In the second quarter, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw an interception to Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan who returned it for a Redskins touchdown. After an Atlanta three-and-out, Washington got into the red zone, but Redskins kicker Billy Cundiff, who had missed three field goals the week before in Tampa Bay, shanked one from 31 yards out, and Washington was unable to build upon its advantage. Subsequently, the Falcons got the ball back, and Matt Ryan was able to find legendary tight end Tony Gonzalez to even the score at 7-7.
In the third, defenses continued to set the tone. On its second possession of the second half, Washington moved the ball effectively into the red zone. However, on third down, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III scrambled to the left, slid down, and was hit hard by Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, and left the game with a concussion, and did not return. Cundiff gave Washington a 10-7 advantage by booting a 23-yard field goal, but Washington's main concern now was the health of their quarterback.
In the fourth, Washington's defense, who had been on the field far more than it had been off, began to wear down. Matt Ryan found Julio Jones in the corner of the endzone to give Atlanta its first advantage of the day, at 14-10. However, the Redskins, in spite of an injured Griffin, fought back. Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins entered the game and, on 3rd-and-9, found a wide open Santana Moss for a 77-yard strike to put Washington back in the lead, at 17-14. On Atlanta's ensuing possession, veteran kicker Matt Bryant evened the score at 17-all. After a Washington punt, Ryan got the ball back. With a now-exhausted Redskins defense on the field again, Ryan picked the Redskins defense apart, then watched his running back, Michael Turner gash Washington and reach the endzone, and gave Atlanta a 24-17 lead. On Washington's ensuing possession, they were able to get to Atlanta's side of the field, but Cousins showed his rookie colors, stared down a receiver, and veteran cornerback Dunta Robinson made him pay, intercepting him. After Washington's defense stood tall, Washington got one final chance at it. However, Cousins was intercepted again on its first play of the ensuing drive, this time by Thomas DeCoud, sealing the win for Atlanta. Atlanta improved to 5-0.
Week 6: vs. Minnesota VikingsEdit
After their loss to Atlanta, Washington hosted the Minnesota Vikings, looking to snap an 8-game home losing streak.
The first quarter was dominated by the Vikings, as they reached the redzone three times and intercepted Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. However, the Redskins defense was able to stiffen in the redzone, holding the Vikings to three Blair Walsh field goals of 20, 27, and 27 yards, to give the Vikings a 9-0 advantage after one quarter.
In the second, Washington finally was able to sustain a drive. The Redskins drive stalled at the Vikings' 33-yard line, however, and new Redskins kicker Kai Forbath got his first NFL opportunity, having replaced Billy Cundiff, who was cut earlier in the week, and delivered a 50-yard boot to trim the deficit to 9-3. After a Vikings three-and-out, Washington was able to run an 11-play drive that gave it its first advantage of the game, as Alfred Morris scored on a 1-yard run and gave Washington a 10-9 lead. On Minnesota's ensuing possession, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder was sacked, fumbled, and the fumble was subsequently recovered by Lorenzo Alexander of Washington, setting the Redskins up at the Vikings 6. Robert Griffin III then found fullback Darrel Young for a 6 yard touchdown pass, extending the Redskins advantage to 17-9.
In the third, Washington continued imposing its will, as they drove down the field again, this time culminating in a Robert Griffin III touchdown run, his fifth rushing touchdown of the year, setting a Washington Redskins record for rushing touchdowns by a Redskins QB and extending the Washington advantage to 24-9. The Vikings would not back down, though, and Blair Walsh connected again, this time from 37 yards, his fourth field goal on the day, to cut into the lead, and make it 24-12.
In the fourth, the Vikings possessed the ball, but Ponder threw an interception straight into the waiting arms of Redskins free safety Madieu Williams, who returned it 24 yards to put the game nearly on ice, at 31-12 Washington. The Vikings, however, proved resilient. On their ensuing drive, the Vikings found the endzone for the first time on the day, with Ponder finding wide receiver Michael Jenkins for a 9-yard score. Ponder subsequently found Kyle Rudolph on a successful two-point conversion attempt, and the Redskins lead was cut to 31-20. After Washington could not extend its advantage, Minnesota got the ball back. Once again, Minnesota scored, this time Ponder found Rudolph to cut the lead to 31-26. This time, however, the two-point conversion came up short, meaning Minnesota would again need to score a touchdown to complete its rally. However, Washington's rookie QB would see to it that no comeback would be complete on his team on this day, as Griffin, on 3rd-and-6 from his own 24, found a seam on a designed quarterback draw, and raced down the sideline for a 76-yard touchdown run, the longest such rush TD by a QB since Kordell Stewart scrambled for an 80-yard score against the Carolina Panthers in the 1996 season. With the score now 38-26 Redskins, the Vikings tried to rally again, and were able to reach the Redskins' goal line. However, with less than a half minute remaining, DeAngelo Hall intercepted Christian Ponder, to officially preserve the 38-26 win.
With the win, Washington improved to 3-3, snapped an 8-game home losing streak, and will have an opportunity to take first place in the NFC East with a victory over the defending Super Bowl XLVI champion New York Giants next week.
Week 7: at New York GiantsEdit
In a first quarter dominated by the Redskins, Washington ran a drive that chewed up over half the quarter, but were only able to muster a Kai Forbath 20-yard field goal as the drive stalled in the redzone.
In the second, the Giants would make the Redskins pay for being unable to capitalize in the redzone, as running back Andre Brown found the endzone to give the Giants a 7-3 lead. Washington would respond, however, with a 26-yard TD pass from rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III to veteran wide receiver Santana Moss to give Washington's advantage back, at 10-7. The Giants would again answer, as Lawrence Tynes connected from 27 yards out to even the score. Washington would respond with a 43-yard field goal from Forbath, and Tynes would again tie it from 39 yards out as time expired in the second.
Albeit a scoreless third quarter, it was an eventful quarter that culminated in turnovers for both sides. Despite these events, neither team could capitalize in the third.
In the fourth, Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw gave the Giants a 20-13 edge. Later in the fourth, Washington was able to cut into the defecit, as Forbath connected, this time from 45 yards out, and the lead was cut to 20-16. After the Redskins were able to stop the Giants on their ensuing possession, the Redskins were able to march down the field and stun the Giants, as Robert Griffin III hit Santana Moss from 30 yards out to give Washington a 23-20 lead. However, Eli Manning's receivers bailed him out again, as he connected with a wide-open Victor Cruz for a 77-yard score to give New York its advantage back. Washington was able to get a drive going, but Santana Moss fumbled after getting into Giant territory, ending any chance of a comeback.
With the loss, Washington fell to 3-4, 0-1 in the NFC East, and to the NFC East basement.
Week 8: at Pittsburgh SteelersEdit
The Steelers marched straight down the field on Washington's defense, culminating in a fourth-and-goal 1-yard touchdown pass to backup tight end Leonard Pope from Ben Roethlisberger to give the Steelers a 7-0 lead. Following a Washington three-and-out, the Steelers got the ball back, this time scoring by way of former despised Redskins kicker Shaun Suisham nailing a 48-yard field goal to extend the Steelers' advantage to 10-0.
In the second, Washington was able to get on the board as quarterback Robert Griffin III found Santana Moss to cut into Pittsburgh's advantage 10-6. It would have been 10-7, but Kai Forbath's extra point was blocked. Pittsburgh responded with a Heath Miller 7-yard touchdown and a Suisham 27-yard field goal to give Pittsburgh a 20-6 lead at the half.
In the third, Washington drew to 20-9 on a Forbath 48-yard field goal, but Pittsburgh nearly put the game away with a Will Johnson 1-yard touchdown catch to give Pittsburgh a 27-9 lead late in the third.
In the fourth, Washington tried to rally as Forbath connected again, this time from 45 yards, but Washington could not score again, as a myriad of dropped passes and a turnover on downs with just over four minutes remaining sealed their fate, as the final score remained 27-12.
With the loss, Washington fell to 3-5, and 0-2 against the AFC. Washington has now lost 6 straight games to AFC opponents and has not beaten an AFC team since Week 16 of the 2010 season.
Week 9: vs. Carolina PanthersEdit
Looking to snap a 2-game losing streak, Washington traveled home two days before the 2012 Presidential Election to take on the Carolina Panthers in a game that was dubbed a homecoming game for them, with past superstars being honored and wearing throwback jerseys from their 1937 season.
The Redskins got on the board first with a Kai Forbath 47-yard field goal, but Carolina countered with a DeAngelo Williams 30-yard score that was aided by an inadvertent whistle by the referee. Upon review, the call stood, and Carolina led 7-3. On Washington's ensuing possession, Washington got down to Carolina's 2, but were stuffed on fourth-and-goal, and Carolina took over on downs. Carolina was able to move the ball efficiently on Washington's much-maligned and porous defense, culminating in a Cam Newton 19-yard TD pass to Steve Smith, giving Carolina a 14-3 halftime advantage.
In the second half, Washington continued to stay within striking distance, but was unable to make enough plays to get over the hump. Forbath chipped in a 25-yard field goal to cut the score to 14-6.
In the fourth, Carolina pulled away. Pinned inside their 10, Newton found a wide-open Armanti Edwards for an 82-yard completion, and capped off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to take a 21-6 lead. Washington would respond later in the game by way of an Evan Royster 2-yard touchdown run, but with only 1:28 left in the game, and only two timeouts, Washington did not recover the onside kick. Following a Carolina three-and-out, Washington got the ball back with 18 seconds to go, but Brandon Banks was tackled in bounds at his own 9 yard line, and with no time outs, the clock ran out.
With the loss, Washington fell to 3-6, 1-3 at home, and the Redskins Rule stated that Mitt Romney would win the election. This proved, however, not to be the case, and only the second time the Rule did not apply.
Week 11: vs. Philadelphia EaglesEdit
Coming off their bye, the Redskins looked to break their three game losing streak against, both in the current season and against their division rival, and owners of a five-game losing streak, the Philadelphia Eagles. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was ruled out with a concussion, meaning the Eagles were forced to use rookie Nick Foles. Going into the game, the Redskins had lost to the last 8 rookie quarterbacks they faced, dating back to 2005, when they beat backup Ryan Fitzpatrick, filling in for an injured Marc Bulger for the St. Louis Rams.
In the first quarter, Philadelphia got the ball first, but on third-and-8, tight end Brent Celek could not catch Nick Foles' pass, it was batted in the air, and intercepted by DeAngelo Hall and returned to the Eagles' 9. Two plays later, Robert Griffin III found fullback Darrel Young for a 6-yard touchdown pass for a 7-0 Redskins lead. On the ensuing Eagles possession, Brandon Meriweather, playing in his first game as a Redskin due to lingering knee problems, intercepted Foles and returned it. Unfortunately, however, Washington could not capitalize, and the first quarter ended with Philadelphia driving.
In the second, Philadelphia got on the board by way of an Alex Henery 42=yard field goal to cut the deficit to 7-3. However, Washington continued to be aggressive and take advantage of Philadelphia's struggling secondary, as Griffin III found a wide-open Aldrick Robinson for a 48-yard touchdown to extend Washington's advantage to 14-3. After forcing a Washington punt late in this first half, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy fumbled in the red zone, and Washington was able to convert the turnover into a 25-yard Kai Forbath field goal to close out the half leading 17-3.
In the third, Philadelphia tried to rally, connecting on another Henery field goal to cut the lead to 17-6. However, later in the third, Robert Griffin III would scramble for 23 yards on 3rd-and-15, then three plays later, on third-and-10, connect with Santana Moss, who was being double-covered for a 61-yard strike and a 24-6 lead.
In the fourth, Washington put the game on ice, as Griffin found Logan Paulsen on a 17-yard score, and took a 31-6 lead with 10:50 left. Philadelphia tried to cut into the defecit, but the attempts proved futile, and unfortunately for the Eagles, with the game well over, LeSean McCoy suffered a concussion when hit by safety Madieu Williams. The Redskins would not allow an Eagles score, and won comfortably, 31-6.
Robert Griffin III had a career day, throwing for 200 yards and four touchdowns on 14 of 15 passes, while rushing for 84 yards on 12 carries.
With the win, the Redskins improved to 4-6, snapping a 3-game losing streak. They also improved to 1-1 in the NFC East, snapping a three-game losing streak to the Eagles, having not beaten them since Donovan McNabb returned to Philadelphia and beat the Eagles, 17-12 on Oct. 3rd, 2010. Even more importantly, the Redskins defense also did not allow a touchdown for the first time since Week 3 of last season, when they lost 18-16 on six Dan Bailey Field goals.
Week 12: at Dallas CowboysEdit
Week 13: vs. New York GiantsEdit
Week 14: vs. Baltimore RavensEdit
Week 15: at Cleveland BrownsEdit
Week 16: at Philadelphia EaglesEdit
Week 17: vs. Dallas CowboysEdit
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Redskins Confirm Robert Griffin III Will Be 2nd Pick In 2012 NFL Draft. NFL Draft Coverage. Retrieved on 26 April 2012.
- ↑ Ravens fined $20K for not listing Ed Reed on injury report - NFL. Sports Illustrated (2012-10-26). Retrieved on 2012-11-02.