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RG3: ‘The mojo was definitely working today’

Oct 20, 2013, 6:58 PM EDT


OK, now we can say it.

RG3 is back.

This time, it wasn’t for just a stretch of a game or a mixed bag or some nice stats in a loss. Robert Griffin III ran and passed from beginning to end and led the Washington Redskins to a 45-41 win over the Chicago Bears.

“We had to win a shootout and we did,” said Griffin.

The Redskins were able to fire the last shot of the shootout thanks to a 12-play, 80-yard drive that started after the Bears had scored a touchdown to take a 41-38 lead with just under four minutes left to play. It took one play for the Redskins to get into Bears territory as Griffin found Jordan Reed over the middle and the rookie tight end rolled for 26 yards to the Chicago 49. In all, Griffin completed 5 of 7 passes on the drive for 58 yards. The last pass was for 10 yards to Jordan Reed to the three yard line, converting a third and four, the third third-down conversion of the drive. Roy Helu Jr. capped off the drive by smashing it into the end zone from there. The Redskins held off a desperation Chicago drive and walked off with the win.

“Very confident,” said Griffin when he was asked what the mood was in the huddle at the start of the winning drive. “Told the guys we have to have positive plays. Get positive yards on each play and if we don’t, make up for it on the next play. Just take it one play at a time and when you have those crucial third-down situations, we had guys step up and make plays for us.”

It was the third fourth-quarter, game-winning drive of Griffin’s career.

Griffin passed for two touchdowns on the day. His first one went to Reed just before halftime. On third and goal at the three, Griffin dropped a couple of steps and lofted the ball to the corner of the end zone.

“It was a fade and the safety was playing inside leverage on me,” said Reed. “I just gave him a little jab step inside and Rob threw a perfect, easily catchable ball.”

That gave the Redskins a 24-17 halftime lead. Early in the fourth quarter the Bears scored on one of Matt Forte’s three rushing touchdowns. The Redskins retook the lead with a five-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a play that reminded Griffin of some of the plays the team made during it’s seven-game winning streak that got them into the playoffs last year.

Griffin wasn’t specific but it appears that he went off script during the play.

“I just had a feeling in that situation,” he said. “You can talk to [offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan] about the play call, I don’t know if I went about it the right way. He called the play. I had a thought, I went with my instincts and gave [wide receiver Aldrick Robinson] a chance to make a play for me.”

What he did was drop back to pass from the Chicago 45-yard line. He launched the ball to Robinson, who was in the end zone surrounded by defensive backs Charles Tillman and Chris Conte. It looked like either one of them could make the play but Conte ran into Robinson and fell to the ground and Tillman couldn’t quite get to the ball as it descended into Robinson’s arms for the TD.

“Al made a great play, when I saw him catch it, it was a feeling of last year,” he said.

“The mojo was definitely working today.”

Griffin finished the day completing 18 of 28 passes for 298 yards and the two TD’s. He did throw one interception to Tillman and ended up with a passer rating of 105.2. Griffin ran for a season-high 84 yards on 11 attempts.

  1. districtsports - Oct 20, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Reblogged this on District Sports.

    • scottyb1106 - Oct 20, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      Great job guys, way to step up!
      Griffins pre game speech summed everything up “we are players , lets make plays!!!!”
      We as fans give up so quickly and tear the team apart top to bottom after a loss….we expect so much and the team expects us to back them no matter what so lets goooooo

  2. cspsrbums - Oct 20, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    So both wins this year were against teams that didn’t have there starting Quaterback. I guess you could say they are on a roll. Short lived as they head to Denver

    • Peggy R - Oct 21, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      The Bears backup did a great job. He was no Matt Flynn yesterday.

  3. rahwayhomey - Oct 20, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Spectacular comeback win. RGIII, you freakin rocked this team & city back into some hope for the season. 4th quarter, down by 3, 80 yds w/ 3:40 to go, no sweat, our NFL star, born leader w/ unmatched athletic ability & golden arm is at the helm. No brace & setback 10 months ago gonna hold this man down. How does a man w/ 2nd reconstructive surgery in 4 years, 10 months removed, beat top shelf, NFL non-operated on players, to the sideline. You know what it’s called, talent, talent secured by moving up in the draft to put a franchise on his back & carry them from perennial 15 year losers to NFC East title in 1 yr w/ $36 mil cap space penalty to boot. We have hit the lotto…Congrats Skins, Denver next

  4. Michael A. Norman - Oct 21, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    RG III don’t worry about the nay sayers. Get yo swagg back! Find a way to beat Denver. Special teams and defense giving up wayyy to many points. We not tough except Brandon Marriweather. Please bro keep hitting! Snyder you pay the fines. Lmao! Once again like last year rooks outplaying vets. Im all for it. Take their dang jobs. Jordan Reed beast! Let’s play and look like professionals. Redskin fan fo life.
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