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1 - It’s hard to imagine the RG3 Era getting off to a better start. Griffin was 6 for 6 passing on the Redskins’ first possession, mostly short passes that netted only 35 yards. The drive ended with a 37-yard field goal by new kicker Billy Cundiff. Griffin also gained 12 yards on the ground with his first rushing attempt. On the second possession, RG3 wasted no time in throwing his first touchdown pass. He hooked up with free-agent acquisition Pierre Garcon on the first play for an 88-yard touchdown. That made him 7 for 7 for the quarter for 123 yards. The Skins had a 10-7 lead after one.
2 - Save for six seconds, the first half was everything the Redskins could have wanted. RG3 led the team to two touchdowns and two field goals in the first four possessions. The defense was keeping the Saints and quarterback Drew Brees in check. But in those six seconds in the final minute of the quarter, the Saints blocked the Redskins’ first punt and Courtney Roby returned it for a touchdown. Washington had a 20-14 lead at the half, but it could have been bigger.
Play of the game: The Saints were within eight with 3:39 to play and had the momentum after a touchdown and two-point conversion less than three minutes earlier. On first down, DeJon Gomes got his first career interception when he snared Drew Brees’ pass and returned it to the Saints’ 3. Alfred Morris scored on the next play.
3 - The sour end to the first half didn’t seem to bother the Redskins. They got a touchdown on their first possession of the quarter, thanks in large part to a pass interference call in the end zone on the Saints’ Roman Harper. Alfred Morris scored from the 1 for his first NFL touchdown. Another Cundiff field goal later in the quarter gave the Redskins 30 points for the first time since a loss to Dallas on Dec. 19, 2010. They went into the final period up 30-17.
4 - The Saints got some offense going, scoring twice on fourth-down pass plays. But an interception by DeJon Gomes and a key pass play from RG3 to Logan Paulsen helped the Redskins keep them at bay. Washington scored 10 points in each quarter and hit the 40-mark for the first time since the 2005 season.
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