“I think everybody saw the game,” Shanahan said. “The game was a little bit out of control. You don’t like to see that.”
Redskins veteran wide receiver Santana Moss said the confrontations between players after plays without drawing penalties “ended up being more a part of the game than the game itself.”
Asked whether the officials lost control of the game, Moss said: “I’m not going to be the one to say it. But if you were watching the game, you could tell. . . . There should have been something done earlier in the game to let both sides know this wasn’t going to happen throughout the game.”
The Redskins were playing without wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who was on the inactive list because of a foot injury suffered a week earlier during the season-opening victory at New Orleans. The team’s injury list grew when two defensive starters, linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive end Adam Carriker, were hurt in the first half. Orakpo returned to the game but left again. Cornerback Josh Wilson left the field early in the fourth quarter.
Still, plenty went right for the Redskins early on. They scored a defensive touchdown on the first snap of the game, on a fumble recovery and return by Wilson. Griffin ran for a touchdown and threw a long touchdown pass to wide receiver Leonard Hankerson to build a 21-6 cushion in the second quarter. The Rams and the crowd were occupied with venting their anger at the work of the fill-in officials.
But the Rams climbed back to 21-16 at halftime. Bradford threw a touchdown pass to Amendola, who tied an NFL record with 12 first-half catches, and the Rams got a field goal just before the intermission after Griffin threw an interception.
Bradford threw touchdown passes to wide receiver Brandon Gibson in the third quarter and to Mulligan to open the fourth quarter.
Griffin completed 20 of 29 passes for 206 yards. He also ran for 82 yards, and rookie tailback Alfred Morris added 89 rushing yards. But they couldn’t quite hold things together.
“I don’t take losing very well,” Griffin said. “No one should.”