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1 -Josh Wilson’s fifth defensive touchdown of his career came on the game’s first play. Redskins teammate Perry Riley punched the ball out of Danny Amendola’s hands and Wilson picked it up and ran 30 yards for a touchdown. RG3 was sacked on the Redskins’ first possession. On their second, he scored his first career rushing touchdown, from five yards out, to conclude a drive that was helped by two personal four penalties on the Rams. Washington was up 14-3 at quarter’s end.
2 - The day of firsts continued. Leonard Hankerson scored his first NFL touchdown, hauling in a 68-yarder from RG3 midway through the quarter to help put the Redskins up 21-6. But the quarter also saw RG3’s first career interception, by Cortland Finnegan in the final minute of the half. St. Louis turned that into a 42-yard field goal by rookie Greg Zuerlein, his third of the day. Washington led 21-16 at the half.
Play of the game: With 1:18 left in the game, Josh Morgan caught a third-down pass on the sideline and was pushed by St. Louis cornerback Cortland Finnegan. Morgan responded by throwing the ball at Finnegan, which drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and loss of down. Billy Cundiff missed a 62-yard field goal on the following play.
3 - After a quick Rams touchdown, RG3 responded by capping an 8-play, 80-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run. The Redskins looked poised to score again after London Fletcher intercepted Sam Bradford’s pass in the end zone, but a stalled drive and blocked punt changed all that. The Rams capitalized on their great field position and drove the ball to the 1-yard line at quarter’s end.
4 - The Rams completed a touchdown pass and 2-point conversion to open the fourth. Two possessions later, Aldrick Robinson dropped a long pass from RG3 down the middle of the field. The two teams exchanged possessions until a Redskins three-and-out gave St. Louis the ball with a few minutes remaining. However, Fletcher forced a fumble at the 2:41 mark and gave the Redskins another chance. Washington failed to capitalize when a 62-yard Billy Cundiff field goal sailed wide right.
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