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DENVER — It was far from a perfect game. In truth, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was just trying to survive. In the end, he did not.
With the game against the Denver Broncos long over and Washington down 17 points late in the fourth quarter, Griffin was smashed to the turf by nose tackle Terrance Knighton and lay injured for several minutes. He eventually walked off the field under his own power, but only after his left knee had caught in the turf with 5:43 to go.
It was a scary reminder of Griffin’s torn right knee ligaments suffered in the playoff loss at home to Seattle last January, though he was seen giving a thumbs up to teammates on the sidelines after being examined by team medical personnel.
Griffin said he felt fine after being examined by the doctors and was ready to return to the game. But the score, by then out of hand, dictated he remain out. Griffin said there are no scheduled tests on Monday to re-examine the knee.
It was a bitter end to a 45-21 loss. Griffin overthrew one receiver after another in the first half Sunday. He was hit seven different times and on Washington’s first four possessions couldn’t push the ball inside Denver’s 45-yard line.
That didn’t happen until the game finally slipped away in the fourth quarter. The Broncos scored 38 unanswered points in the final 24 minutes of play. But a better performance from Griffin might have had the Redskins well ahead before that avalanche buried them.
“There were a lot of missed opportunities and if you’re going to beat Denver you’re going to have to play one of your better games,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said when asked about Griffin’s spotty play.
The major bright spot for Griffin was Washington’s final drive of the first half. His defense had done well enough to keep the score 7-0. It was time for the offense to pay it back.
Griffin led a dominant 16-play, 95-yard touchdown drive that consumed 7:03. Manning never had a chance the rest of the half, watching helplessly from the sidelines and then taking a knee on the one play left to him.
With Griffin primarily in the shotgun and Washington running its no-huddle attack, the Redskins worked the ball methodically down field for the tying score. Griffin again wasn’t perfect. Far from it. He missed three throws on the drive and almost got tight end Jordan Reed hurt on a wild, high pass over the middle.
With the drive stopped and the Redskins ready to kick a Kai Forbath field goal, the Broncos inexplicably had 12 men on the field. The penalty gave Washington a first down and Griffin pounced, delivering one of his most confident throws of the day to Hankerson.
Griffin’s numbers weren’t awful in the first half. He was 10-for-17 for 80 yards with that touchdown pass. But those first four drives were ugly. He was saved by teammate Pierre Garcon once after a remarkable one-handed catch on a pass that sailed and with a defender draped all over him.
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