The Redskins got a 29-yard completion from quarterback Robert Griffin III to rookie tight end Jordan Reed to the Dallas 17-yard line in the final minute of the half. They opted not to use either of their remaining timeouts at that point and didn’t take their next snap until there were 20 seconds left in the half.
After two incompletions and a three-yard run by Griffin on third and 10, the Redskins got a 32-yard field goal by place kicker Kai Forbath as time expired in the half. The Redskins did use a timeout after Griffin’s second-down incompletion, with the clock already stopped.
“It was third down and seven” before the completion to Reed, Shanahan said. “Once we completed it, we had plenty of time. We had two timeouts. What you want to be able to do is have two or three plays that you can run. And that’s what we did. The unfortunate thing was it was incomplete. That’s when you usually use your timeout. So if we had completed those pass plays, we would have used the timeout and we would have been in excellent field position.”
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