Griffin's injury overshadows Redskins' OT win

Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III is hurt during a hit by Baltimore's Haloti Ngata. "I knew as soon as I got hit," the rookie phenom said. DOUG KAPUSTIN / McClatchy-Tribune
Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III is hurt during a hit by Baltimore's Haloti Ngata. "I knew as soon as I got hit," the rookie phenom said. DOUG KAPUSTIN / McClatchy-Tribune
Posted: December 10, 2012

LANDOVER, Md. - Robert Griffin III walked gingerly through the Washington Redskins locker room Sunday, his sprained right knee in a big black brace.

Teammates stood at their lockers, mixing the emotions of a 31-28 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens (9-4) with the fear that their franchise player could be seriously hurt.

Griffin went down on Washington's final drive of regulation, with his team trailing by eight. Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins, who had played in only one other game, stepped in and hit Pierre Garcon for an 11-yard touchdown pass with 29 seconds left, then ran the quarterback draw for the two-point conversion.

Yet another rookie, Richard Crawford, returned a punt 64 yards in overtime to set up Kai Forbath's 34-yard winning field goal. The Redskins (7-6) have a four-game winning streak - putting pressure on the New York Giants in the race for the NFC East title. The Redskins later said an MRI exam showed no major ligament damage.

With the Redskins trailing, 28-20, after Ray Rice's 7-yard TD run with 4 minutes, 47 seconds to play, Griffin started moving his team before he was tackled by Haloti Ngata at the end of a 13-yard scramble.

"I knew as soon as I got hit. I screamed. Like a man, of course," Griffin added with a laugh.

He left for one play, then completed two passes to get the Redskins deep into Ravens territory. Eventually, he could not continue.

"I knew I needed to get out at that point," Griffin said.

Redskins 31,

Ravens 28, OT

Balt. 7 14 0 7 0 – 28

Wash. 14 0 6 8 3 – 31

First quarter

Was–Morgan 4 pass from Griffin III (Forbath kick), 9:38.

Bal–Boldin 19 pass from Flacco (Tucker kick), 7:05.

Was–Morris 1 run (Forbath kick), 2:55.

Second quarter

Bal–Boldin 31 pass from Flacco (Tucker kick), 10:16.

Bal–Pitta 14 pass from Flacco (Tucker kick), 8:39.

Third quarter

Was–FG Forbath 48, 10:27.

Was–FG Forbath 49, 1:21.

Fourth quarter

Bal–Rice 7 run (Tucker kick), 4:47.

Was–Garcon 11 pass from Cousins (Cousins run), :29.

Overtime

Was–FG Forbath 34, 11:37.

A: 81,178.

Bal   Was

First downs 18   22   

Total Net Yards 359   420   

Rushes-yards 35-186   35-172   

Passing 173   248   

Punt Returns 3-25   3-100   

Kickoff Returns 5-145   2-37   

Interceptions Ret. 0-0   1-2   

Comp-Att-Int 16-21-1   17-28-0   

Sacked-Yards Lost 2-9   3-24   

Punts 5-50.2   5-48.0   

Fumbles-Lost 2-1   3-1   

Penalties-Yards 8-56   8-70   

Time of Possession 29:22   34:01   

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: Baltimore, Rice 20-121, Pierce 8-53, Flacco 5-9, Leach 2-3. Washington, Morris 23-122, Griffin III 7-34, Royster 3-11, Hankerson 1-3, Garcon 1-2.

Passing: Baltimore, Flacco 16-21-1-182. Washington, Griffin III 15-26-0-246, Cousins 2-2-0-26.

Receiving: Baltimore, Pitta 5-46, Boldin 3-78, Rice 3-15, Leach 2-11, Pierce 2-11, T.Smith 1-21. Washington, Garcon 5-87, Hankerson 4-67, Moss 3-52, Morgan 3-30, Young 1-28, Paulsen 1-8.

Missed Field Goals: None.

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