When Erin Henderson belted Griffin after he threw the ball out of bounds, no flag emerged. So, the quarterback waved his arms in the air in exaggerated exasperation. As if by magic, a yellow square fluttered to the turf.
Griffin sauntered away from Henderson, nodding.
“It wasn’t like a basketball flop. I definitely sold it pretty well,” Griffin said. “It was a good job of me and the ref being on the same page.”
That hinted at what was to come. After the Vikings sliced the Redskins‘ lead to 31-26 late in the fourth quarter, Griffin faced a third-and-6 deep in his own territory. So, he dropped back to pass and, in an instant, changed directions, sprinted off left guard and down the Redskins‘ sideline. Seventy-six yards later, he reclined in the stands and caught his breath as fans slapped his back after his second rushing touchdown.
“That was an emotional roller coaster,” said Williams, not wanting another dazed quarterback. “I was screaming, ‘Get out of bounds! Get out of bounds!’”
New vigor infected the “RG-3! RG-3!” chants.
The concussion seemed forgotten.
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