Not Sunday, though. Not with Griffin at quarterback.
He completed passes to Santana Moss, Fred Davis and Evan Royster, moving the Redskins to the Tampa Bay 41. Tampa Bay played its trademark Cover-2 defense, in which the middle linebacker plays the deep middle. That opened up shorter passes and yards after the catch.
And then Griffin hit the Buccaneers with his legs. He dropped back to pass, and the right side of the field opened up. He took off running with receiver Leonard Hankerson ahead of him to block. Tampa Bay stopped him at the 26. The yards the Redskins then lost on Kory Lichtensteiger’s false start penalty, they made back on another completion to Moss.
And get this: the radio communication between Griffin’s helmet and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan on the sideline went out during the final drive. Shanahan normally would communicate the play calls to Griffin via radio, but Griffin had to call half of them on his own and run to the sideline to get the others.
“It was very neat how that practice situation, that practice scenario actually played out in the game,” he said. “Hopefully you don’t want that to happen, but it was pretty cool.”
Cool, just like Cundiff with the game on the line. He missed field goal attempts from 41, 57 and 31 yards earlier in the game. Four misses in one game might cost a kicker his job, so more than victory rode on the final swing of his leg.
“We all had a feeling he was going to make it even though the day wasn’t so great for him,” Griffin said. “He came up big when it mattered.”