Neither Robert Griffin III, nor the Redskins coaches gave a rousing speech prior to Washington’s first fourth-quarter game-winning drive of the season. There was no panic, jitters or even a special feeling.
“It was just, ‘Do your jobs,’” running back Roy Helu Jr. said. “There was no big speech. Nothing like that. We didn’t need it. We were confident in what we were doing already. We just knew we were going to go uptempo, try to run the ball, try to pass the ball, get it mixed up.”
Although they hadn’t found themselves in that situation this season, the Redskins firmly believed that they could and would drive the ball downfield and score to win the game.
“Very confident,” Griffin said. “I told the guys we had to have positive plays and get positive yards on each play. If we didn’t, make up for it on the next play. We have to take it one play at a time. And when we had those crucial third-down situations, we had guys step up for us.”
A Helu run for no gain started the drive, but the Redskins gained five yards on defensive holding. Griffin then connected with Jordan Reed for a 26-yard catch-and-run to the Washington 49. Going no-huddle, Washington went with a six-yard Helu run, followed by a one-yard loss by Helu. But Griffin then went to Pierre Garcon for a seven-yard toss on third-and-five. Until that point, Garcon had been quiet with only two catches for 36 yards on five targets. But that marked the first of three completions to the team’s leading receiver on the same drive.
Two plays later, Griffin had another first-down throw to Reed to put the team on the three-yard line, and then Helu scored on a run.
“We were very confident. We have a lot of weapons on offense, and the defense doesn’t know who’s going to get the ball,” said Garcon, who finished the game with five receptions for 58 yards. “We felt good last year, but that’s probably the best we felt this year because the guys stepped it up and made plays, and ultimately we got the victory.”
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