- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 9, 2012

FedEx Field erupted, but the chants weren’t of “RG3.” Robert Griffin III was on the trainer’s table getting his injured right knee looked at. He had taken the Washington Redskins so far and essentially had to be dragged off the field.

Meanwhile, Kirk Cousins didn’t let the pressure get to him. Finding Pierre Garcon for a touchdown and then taking in the two-point conversion himself, he forced overtime against the Baltimore Ravens.

Then, once the defense held up, it was Richard Crawford and Kai Forbath’s turns to be the heroes. A huge, 64-yard punt return put the Redskins in field goal range, and Forbath hit the winner from 34 yards out to make it 31-28 and give Washington a 7-6 record.

Playoff hope is very much alive for the Redskins, but everything could change based on Griffin’s injury. His right knee was sprained, the same knee he tore the ACL in during his sophomore season at Baylor.

But Griffin was optimistic about it not being that injury this time.

“I’m not a doctor but I know what an ACL [tear] feels like,” Griffin said. “It doesn’t feel like an ACL.”

He was set to have an MRI on Sunday night.

Cousins could be under center when the Redskins face the Cleveland Browns next week, though teammates gave him several votes of confidence in a happy locker room after the victory.

“It looked like he had been doing it all year,” Forbath said.

He might have to do it again, but the magic he was able to put together on the game-tying drive was Griffin-esque. Coming in cold, he drew a pass interference penalty and then promptly ran off the field as Griffin tried to gut out the injury.

When Griffin finally decided enough was enough, Cousins found Hankerson across the middle and then Garcon in the end zone. His quarterback draw that made the two-point conversion successful is what drove Redskins fans into a frenzy.

During overtime, all Cousins had to do was manage the game. Crawford’s punt return set the Redskins up at the Baltimore 24, and Forbath continued his perfect season to give the Redskins the victory.


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