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Another Griffin quote, this one on the hit he took late in the game while making sure he stayed in bounds. "I could feel the typewriter’s writing when I took that hit. People are saying I run too much. We had talked about this a few weeks ago, when the clock stops and doesn’t stop. I knew we were under four minutes. I had to stay in-bounds, I just kind of got a little stuck there on the sideline, because I was bee-lining toward the sidelines and at the last second realized I needed to stay in. Coach called it the Gumby hit because my legs bent like Gumby. It was fine. You have to take those for the team sometimes."
We knew three weeks ago that every game we played was like a playoff game," Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said. "We’re really proud of our football team – the way we focused, how hard we played, playing for 60 minutes … I was just pleased with our guys fighting through it, keeping their poise and never giving up."
But if you watched carefully, who played well, yet less obviously so? Propers are in order for the offensive line, which allowed zero sacks to the vaunted Giants defensive line and paved the way for 207 yards rushing. (That’s the third time this season the Redskins have rushed for 200-plus, the second against the Giants). Any particular linemen stand out?
"You see the difference. He’s a game-changer," left tackle Trent Williams said of Garcon. "You get the ball in his hands and he’s going to get yards after the catch. He’s going to get you them tough yards. He’s going to go up and get the ball. He’s one of the best in the league."
"Basically it was an option play," Morgan said, "I just kept my pitch relationship on the option. It didn’t work out exactly how we planned it in school. But basically, the result, it was the same."
From the blog Shutdown Corner: Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III passed for 163 yards and a touchdown and added 72 rushing yards as the Washington Redskins improved to 6-6 with a 17-16 win over the New York Giants on Monday night. Making his Monday Night … Continue reading →
"It felt great; it was a hard fought game," Morris said in the locker room after the game. "We came in with the mindset that we were going to win and we did just that. It wasn’t easy, it came down to the wire, and I’m glad we got the win."
Clinging to a one point lead with 3:51 remaining, Griffin III gathered his teammates on the sideline and delivered a very simple message. "I told them on the sideline, 'Let's go finish the game,'" he told reporters after the game. "This season we just needed to have that, to give us the confidence that we can end the game with four or five minutes left in the game."
In the days leading up to the Giants-Redskins game on "Monday Night Football," Washington coaches and officials had Mara's quotes hanging on sheets of paper on their office doors, according to team sources. Based on the quotes, the Redskins are convinced that Mara tried to have enough draft picks taken away so that Washington couldn't complete its deal with St. Louis for the rights to select quarterback Robert Griffin III.
"I'm not going to take any credit for Alfred's success," Griffin said. "Except maybe for lifting with him in the offseason, helping him get stronger, maybe. I look forward to playing with him for many years. And I've told people, if I had a vote for rookie of the year, I'd vote for him."
In the locker room at halftime, the defense gathered, Stephen Bowen said, and told itself, "This is the season on the line. The time to get it done is now. And in the fourth quarter we got it done. We got off the field and gave the offense a chance to make plays."
"It’s a situation where you don’t feel 100 percent, but once the game gets going you hope your adrenaline kicks in, which it did," Fletcher said. "Just felt like battling, man. Sometimes you got to tough it out. And that’s what I did. Trent toughed it out today. He wasn’t 100 percent."
"A lot of hope, a lot of optimism," nose tackle Barry Cofield said. "Three wins in a row in the division can get you out of a hole quick. It was perfect for us. We’re still not in control, but we feel like if we keep winning, we’ve got enough tiebreakers that we’ll be in a great spot."
The numbers he is putting up will never get the RGIII ESPN treatment, but they’re remarkable in their own way. Morris — remember, he’s a nobody six months ago — now has 1106 rushing yards, the most by a rookie in Redskins history. That puts him ahead of Reggie Brooks — a second-round pick out of Notre Dame — (1063), and Mike Thomas (919), and future league MVP Larry Brown (888).
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"We know that our backs are against the wall," said Griffin, whose Redskins host Dallas in what they hope will be a meaningful season finale. "And even though we won tonight, our backs are still against the wall."
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