Redskins Literally Throw Away Chance to Win, Lose to Rams 31-28

Wide receiver Josh Morgan #15 of the Washington Redskins is penalized after committing a personal foul in the last minute of the game resulting in a fourth and long scenario against the St. Louis Rams at Edward Jones Dome on September 16, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

[Update: Carriker to have knee surgery and Orakpo to miss time after reinjuring his pectoral.]

Man...where to start with this one? OK, easy. After a tackle, Redskins WR, Josh Morgan, threw the ball at Cortland Finnegan, a well-known instigator, causing a 15-yard penalty and moving the Redskins out of FG range late in the game with no timeouts left. Anyone grading the coaching staff across the Redskins Offense, Defense, and Special Teams would probably give F's across the board. Kyle Shanahan called a decent game at least. The blame is plenty to go around due to:

  • The horrible defensive scheme to play zone all day long.
  • Poor special teams play again. Another blocked punt up the gut.
  • The dropped Aldrick Robinson bomb to give the Redskins lead.
  • The wretched officiating to allow the game to get so fiesty and chippy all day long.
  • Josh Morgan's bonehead penalty knocking the Redskins out of field goal range.
  • Shanahan's decision to kick a 63-yard FG to tie the game.
  • How did Bradford have so much time when THREE OL starters were out? Not to mention their backup Left Tackle Wayne Hunter went down too. Ugh.
  • RGIII sure throws a pretty deep ball (x2).
Game stats after jump courtesy of ESPN.com:

Team Stat Comparison

WSH
STL
1st Downs 18 23
Passing 1st downs
7 15
Rushing 1st downs
9 6
1st downs from Penalties
2 2
3rd down efficiency
4-13 7-12
4th down efficiency
0-0 0-0
Total Plays 59 64
Total Yards 373 452
Yards per play 6.3 7.1
Total Drives 11 14
Passing 197 301
Comp - Att
20-29 26-35
Yards per pass
6.8 8.6
Interceptions thrown
1 1
Sacks - Yards Lost
1-9 2-9
Rushing 176 151
Rushing Attempts
29 27
Yards per rush
6.1 5.6
Red Zone (Made-Att) 2-2 2-6
Penalties 11-96 7-60
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles lost
0 2
Interceptions thrown
1 1
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 1 0
Possession 28:36 31:24
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