The Washington Redskins led the Minnesota Vikings 31-26 with 2:56 to play in the fourth quarter Sunday at FedEx Field. Facing third and 6 from the Washington 24, Robert Griffin III awaited the shotgun snap from center Will Montgomery. What followed would become the signature play in the quarterback's rookie season, and is presented here in an oral history:
A week after Robert Griffin III sustained a concussion so "mild" he forgot the quarter and score, the Washington Redskins' rookie quarterback resumed his scrambling, swashbuckling ways Sunday.
The fans wearing white and burgundy jerseys jumped and hollered as Robert Griffin III tucked the ball and ignited the afterburners in those magic legs of his. They had waited almost 13 months for their beloved Washington Redskins to give them something to cheer. And as Griffin blazed past the defense 76 yards into the end zone, they finally had it.
DeAngelo Hall, Trent Williams and their Washington Redskins teammates are looking forward to running out of the tunnel at FedEx Field on Sunday as fans welcome them back with cheers. The Redskins return home with a bit of momentum after last week's road win over Tampa Bay improved their record to 2-2 and moved them into a tie for second place in the NFC East.
Billy Cundiff's story of redemption Sunday as he made the game-winning field goal softened the blow of the kicker going 1-for-4. And it ensured that as of Wednesday's practice, Cundiff was still the Washington Redskins' kicker.
Back in the state in which he grew up and played college football, Alfred Morris found a comfort zone quickly.
On an otherwise innocuous third down, Robert Griffin III slipped the football into running back Evan Royster's arms and backed away. The rookie quarterback thrust his arms in the air as he stood alone on the chewed-up turf at Raymond James Stadium in an exaggerated gesture to remind any defenders in the neighborhood he didn't have the football.
It wasn't bad enough for the Washington Redskins that they had suffered plenty of injuries in games and practices so far this season. Sunday brought a unique, scary scene about two hours before they kicked off at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
No matter what your record is, one subject Wednesday around the NFL caused plenty of smiles: the return of the regular officials after three regular-season weeks using replacements.