Robert Griffin III completes a 25-yard pass to Niles Paul, and Redskins move to their 47.
Ryan Succop sets up for a field goal but pooch punts instead. Ball lands in end zone for touchback.
Chris Baker pressures Alex Smith, who throws incomplete on third and six.
Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan explained what happened with game officials, who couldn’t get straight whether the Redskins had a first down at a crucial point with the clock running down on the game — and on the team’s diminishing playoff hopes.
“I said I wanted a measurement and [the official] said, ‘No, you don’t have to. It’s a first down.’ So I saw first down [on the other side of the field] and he signaled to move the chains on our side. I asked him when it went to fourth down, ‘You already told me it was first down. I wanted a measurement.’ Anyway, that was disappointing.”
The difference in downs did affect the playcalling, he said. As for the official, Shanahan said he did not reply when Shanahan told him that he’d been told it was first down. Jeff Triplette told pool reporter Zac Boyer that “the stakes were moved incorrectly” and declined to say what he and Shanahan had discussed.
From the pool reporter designated to speak with officials (via Sky Kerstein):
Even before the game reached that point, the Redskins were frustrated, drawing unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and Pierre Garcon kicked the ball in frustration as the Redskins were in the red zone.
“That was frustration. You can’t lose your poise. That was disappointing. We’ve got some competitors out there and Pierre knew that we had an opportunity to get that ball in the end zone for a touchdown and Pierre got a little upset. You’ve got to keep your poise in those situations and we lost it a couple of times.”
When the team was 3-6 last year, Shanahan talked about entering the evaluation process and the team turned around its season. He sounded that theme tonight, but this time the season, with the team at 3-9, is lost.
“When you’re out of it, it’s always disappointing. Now you find out how guys step up and they play the remainder of the season. You don’t like to play for pride, but sometimes that’s the card that’s dealt and that’s where we’re at right now. We’ll see which guys step up and play at a high level with the remaining games.”
Washington will have second and five from its 41 when play resumes.
Redskins say Hall is questionable to return with a left hip injury.
Place kicker Josh Brown sneaks a 39-yard field goal just inside the right upright to give the Giants a 24-17 lead with 2:32 left in regulation.
Mike Shanahan uses his final timeout with 3:23 left in regulation and the Redskins trailing, 21-17. The Giants have third and six from the Washington 24.
Officials confirm Brandon Myers catches ball for first down. Redskins lose a timeout and are down to two.
Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan is challenging the ruling on the field that Brandon Myers caught the ball beyond the first-down marker. Myers caught the ball for what appeared a first down but was driven backward.
Justin Tuck is having himself quite a night. He just sacked Robert Griffin III for a three-yard loss on second and 10.
Robert Griffin III completes a 12-yard pass to TE Fred Davis to the Giants 2. First and goal for Washington.
The Redskins dropped to 3-8 with another dispiriting, disappointing, disheartening loss before a national audience Monday night.
Afterward, players were left to explain their poor performance against the San Francisco 49ers and chief among them was Robert Griffin III, who took another beating on the field after a week on which his image and leadership qualities were battered. He stood his ground, as did his coach, who wasn’t going to talk about evaluating players the way he did when the team was 3-6 in 2012.
They’ll head back to work on a a short week, with Thanksgiving on Thursday, and another nationally televised game Sunday night. This time, they’ll play another reeling NFC East team, the New York Giants.
We’ll see you back here then. Have a great Thanksgiving and thanks for joining us.
Mike Shanahan shot down a report last week that Robert Griffin III had asked coaches not to show video of him making poor plays and Griffin did so as well.
“It’s false,” he said. “That’s why I didn’t respond to it. There’s no need to respond to untrue things. To just echo what Coach said, it’s completely false and people are trying to character assassinate me and it’s unfortunate.”
Griffin was asked if he could assess his qualities as a leader and at first demurred, then answered.
“The ability to persevere through tough times. I think that’s one quality of a leader. You just can’t let it change you. You just have to be the same person 100 percent of the time. I know I might sound down right now or upset or frustrated, but when I show up in that building tomorrow, I’ll be the same guy. Those will be the same guys that I step on that field with, that give me everything we have. Sometimes we come up short, but at the end of the day I’ll still fight with them any day.”
Robert Griffin III was asked about a report that he’d asked coaches not to show film of his poor plays.
“I think we’re all frustrated. Everybody’s tired of losing — us, fans, media, everybody. But one thing to take away, one thing that we’re not, we’re not quitters. Even on that last drive there, all my guys in the huddle were talking to each other. You have to have the right guys in there with you. I know they’re going to keep fighting with me and I’ll fight with those guys any day. It is frustrating but we’ve got to move on to the next one.”
On what gives him the confidence the team is heading in the right direction:
“Just every day God gives us a chance to wake up and seize the day. That’s what gives me the confidence. As long as we can wake up the next day and go to work, we’ll get better. I know a lot of people on the outside don’t see it. They see the record, they see some of our performances which have not been very good — for us as players and coaches, we have to believe. As long as you can wake up the next day and you’re blessed with that, that’s an opportunity that you have to seize. And today we didn’t seize it, but we’ll have another opportunity tomorrow. We’ll have another opportunity Wednesday, another opportunity on Sunday night. You have to be ready to seize it and that’s all you can do.”
On why he thinks he and the team are both making strides:
“It’s hard to say if you’re making strides as an individual because this is a team sport. Aside from that, what am I supposed to do? Come up here and talk about how bad we are? That’s not my job. My job is to answer your questions and to move on to the next day and to get better. That’s not anything personal [to the reporter]. … I love my guys. I’ll go to war with them any day. And if we play a bad game like we did today, it doesn’t matter. That’s thrown away and we go on to the next day and we choose to get better. That’s what we’ve gotta do.”
On losing for the first time in his career:
“Just don’t let it change who you are. A lot of guys can change when they start losing football games. It can change your drive, it can change your motivation. It can change the way you deal with people. … You’ve got to continue to be yourself, be the person that God made you to be. Always know your ‘why.’ You people can laugh at that, but as long as you know why you’re doing this, why you’re out there playing, why you’re out there putting your body on the line, putting your life on the line every Sunday or every Monday, you can endure it. You want to conquer it. That’s what we’ve got to do. We’ve got to conquer some of the demons we’ve got going on as an offense and as a team in general. But it takes all of us and I think we can do it.”
Mike Shanahan wasn’t saying anything about evaluation mode this season, although this loss may have effectively ended the season.
He was asked just what he tells players with the team at 3-8. “What you do is, I don’t think there’s a coach or a player in there [the locker room] that’s not very, very disappointed. That’s part of the game. You have to get ready for the next game and fight back. And you find out what type of guys you do have. It is very disappointing when you go through a game like that and you get beat and now you’ve got to come back and fight especially on a short week, with Thanksgiving, Monday night, obviously the Sunday night game. A lot goes into the preparation and we can’t dwell on this too long. You’ve got to come back and get ready for the next game.”
On the 49ers:
“We knew we were going to be challenged [by the defense]. I was disappointed we didn’t get in the end zone and get more points. I knew it was going to be one of those tough games where we couldn’t turn the football over. We had to take take advantage of some opportunities. They took advantage of those opportunities. We didn’t.”
On Robert Griffin III:
“Everybody wants to talk about the quarterback and we understand the quarterback position is dependent on a lot of different positions on the team. There is always going to be growing pains. There’s going to be growing pains for experience, going against different defenses. Nothing is automatic in the National Football League for that quarterback. Every time he gets under center and takes a snap, he’s going to get better and better. He’s surely not going to have the game down without an offseason program going into his second year. Every game’s going to be a learning experience, but the thing I was really impressed with — he doesn’t shy away from anything. He’ll stand in that pocket, look downfield and he’ll take the shots. He’ll compete. He’ll just keep on getting better and better. Even though he didn’t have one of those great games, but I was pleased with his effort and how he played.”
On how bad the loss was:
“We haven’t got dominated like that since we got that and congratulations to them. [They’re] very well-coached. They played well. We could have coached better and cold have played better.”
The Redskins lose to the 49ers, 27-6 and fail to score a touchdown at home and reach 200 yards of total offense for the first time since 2003. Washington drops to 3-8, ensuring at best a .500 season. The Redskins finished with 190 yards, with Robert Griffin III completing 17 of 27 passes for for 127 yards.
Jon Gruden had cautionary words for those who think that Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan should be fired. Given that a lot of people think the “Monday Night Football” analyst is next in line to succeed Shanahan, his words get extra scrutiny.
“Here’s what I know in the NFL: If you change the coach, you’d better be careful what you ask for. Because if you change the coach, that means you’re changing the system and some coaches might come in here with a new system that really might benefit Kirk Cousins and the style of football he plays more than Robert Griffin.
“Clearly, Robert Griffin is comfortable in a certain style of scheme. I haven’t seen him real comfortable in a conventional, drop-back style of scheme yet.
“That’s a concern I have. If there is a concern, it’s what is the future of Robert Griffin as a quarterback. Is it going to be the emergence of him as a drop-back passer or is it gonna continue to be pistol formations, play-action and bootlegs, which is a dangerous way to make a living — although they have had success doing it.
“…If you make a change at head coach, you’re changing systems and potentially the new coach might like a different quarterback. That’s just the way life is in this league. It’s the penthouse and the outhouse. Trust me, I got to the outhouse fast after a very short stay in the penthouse.”
Total second half yardage (with 2:04 to play): 49ers 167, Redskins 12. Yes, 12. That courtesy of the MNF crew.
With two minutes to play, the Redskins trail the 49ers, 27-6, and are in danger of not scoring a touchdown.
Robert Griffin III is sacked for a fifth time as Ahmad Brooks gets to the quarterback on third and 11. Redskins are forced to punt on fourth and 23.
It took nearly a quarter and a half, but the Redskins picked up their first first down of the second half on a pass from Robert Griffin III to Pierre Garcon.
Colin Kaepernick overthrows Vernon Davis over the middle on what would have been a touchdown after the tight end got behind the coverage.
San Francisco lines up to go for it on fourth and two, but Colin Kaepernick calls timeout with 11:10 left in regulation. The 49ers are down to one timeout.
Hey, a new variation:
I mean, at this point, might as well.
Twitter weighs in on the difference between RGIII’s magical rookie season and slightly less magical sophomore year.
Colin Kaepernick throws a one-yard touchdown to tight end Vernon Davis with 1:05 left in third quarter, and the 49ers take a 24-6 lead.
San Francisco has first and goal at the 5 when play resumes.
On third down and six, Robert Griffin III is sacked by defensive end Justin Smith. That’s the second sack of the game for the 49ers.
Washington takes over at its 34 after Colin Kaepernick throws incomplete on fourth down and two. The Redskins forced a poor throw by pressuring Kaepernick up the middle.
It’s the quarterbacks that are giving the Redskins trouble!
Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, who underwent season-ending knee surgery last week, tweeted:
At least he has painkillers.
49ers linebacker Aldon Smith beats Trent Williams to drop Robert Griffin III for an eight-yard loss.
Colin Kaepernick throws his second touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin, this one covering six yards, to give the 49ers a 17-6 lead with 9:25 left in the third quarter.
Grant Paulsen has the answer, everybody:
Still, more questions:
Grant’s not giving up:
Someone will undoubtedly have a GIF of this momentarily, but for now you’ll just have to trust us: RGIII got kicked directly in the groin a play ago. Twitter discussed as only Twitter can.
UPDATE: here’s that GIF.
The Redskins handed the ball to Roy Helu Jr. on fourth and two, but the backup tailback got hit in the backfield and was stopped well short of the line to gain.
Coach Mike Shanahan challenged a call on an incomplete pass to Joshua Morgan, who juggled as he fell out of bounds. Officials confirmed the call after a replay review.
Washington takes over at the San Francisco 49 after Vernon Davis fumbles fighting for the first down. Defensive tackle Barry Cofield punched the ball out, and Brandon Meriweather recovered.
LaMichael James returns it to the San Francisco 39 to start second half.
Pau Gasol! At his first American football game, no less:
The Redskins are within striking distance of the reigning NFC champions despite a slow start. Robert Griffin III has just 87 passing yards and one interception, but Alfred Morris has been able to run well in spots, finishing the first half with 40 yards on 11 carries against one of the best run defenses in the league. Washington is going to have to do a much better job in the red zone in the second half to win this game, which has turned into a defensive struggle.
With no timeouts, the Redskins hastily run their field goal team onto the field, and Kai Forbath boots a 35-yard field goal to draw Washington within 10-6 at halftime.
Robert Griffin III is hit by Justin Smith and fumbles, but the ball bounces back right to the Redskins quarterback.
The Redskins are down to one timeout after Robert Griffin III calls timeout with 41 seconds to play before halftime with the clock stopped. Coach Mike Shanahan is not pleased.
Washington has first and 10 at the 49ers 37 after the break. Robert Griffin III is throwing the ball the best he has all game.
Redskins linebacker Perry Riley had an excellent opportunity for an interception and potentially a touchdown return, but he was unable to hold on to a poorly delivered pass intended for Anquan Boldin.
Washington has to settle for Kai Forbath’s 36-yard field goal with 6:43 left in the first quarter after Robert Griffin III has his pass on third and eight from the 18 batted down.
Washington will have second and 10 from the 49ers 19 when play resumes.
Washington is nearing the red zone thanks to Alfred Morris, who has 17 yards on his last two carries. Morris has 32 yards on seven carries midway through the second quarter.
In case you missed this, the MNF crew just threw this stat up for your viewing displeasure:
Phil Dawson’s 29-yard field goal gives the 49ers a 10-0 with 12:09 left in the first quarter following Robert Griffin III’s interception.
Colin Kaepernick’s 19-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin produces the only points of the first quarter.
He just threw an interception to Donte Whitner. Prior to that:
Reactions to the INT:
Robert Griffin III throws a poor pass that lands right in the chest of 49ers safety Donte Whitner, who returns the interception seven yards to the 49ers 42.
This, of course, is before the TD pass to Anquan Boldin:
Colin Kaepernick completes a 19-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin with 2:54 left in the first quarter to give the 49ers a 7-0 lead.
So say you, on Twitter:
With 5:01 left in the first quarter, the teams have combined for 59 yards and three first downs. So far this game is a snoozer.
Jarvis Jenkins drops 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick on third and eight.
The new sod at FedEx Field is already choppy and we’ve seen a few guys slip already.
San Francisco takes over at its 21-yard line with 9:16 left in the first quarter.
Colin Kaepernick throws incomplete and third and nine. Redskins take over at their 20.
It seems the cold has scared away the Redskins fans. Or maybe it’s that 3-7 record. Either way, seems like a pretty chill night (get it…? get it?!) at FedEx Field tonight:
Robert Griffin III throws incomplete and third down and six during Washington’s first possession.
They’re picking the team that isn’t the Washington Redskins to win tonight’s game.
And they definitely need to warm up. It’s freezing out there.
So says the informal poll that’s been going since about 10:30 a.m.
Maybe you’d prefer to be called realists?
With Monday Night Football comes national exposure for Redskins fans eager to voice their opinions on such important issues as…
But apparently it’s a malfunction:
Now you know.
Breakout fullback Darrel Young (hamstring) headlines today’s inactive list for the Redskins. Also out: TE Jordan Reed (concussion) and Stephen Bowen. Rex Grossman, Jose Gumbs, Brandon Jenkins and Josh LiRibeus are also out.
Niles Paul will replace Reed, and Chris Baker will replace Bowen in the starting lineup.
Don’t believe me…? Here’s proof, because if Mike Jones says it, you know it’s true:
ESPN’s John Keim interviewed Jon Gruden, specifically asking him about the second-year struggles of Robert Griffin III.
“It’s a hard business to sustain success, hard to be successful to start with. When you talk about the offense they ran last year, they caught a lot of people by surprise,” Gruden told Keim. “They saw some vanilla defenses and they capitalized on that. Now the whole offseason, teams have gone to extreme measures to take away some things they had success with last year. He also is coming off a serious injury and missed time to develop other parts of his game. Those are harsh realities of why we are where we are. Don’t forget they’re averaging over 400 yards a game. They’re last in special teams and they’re not very good on defense. It’s not just Robert Griffin. That’s all I hear. I want to bang my head against the wall.”
On developing from half-field reads:
“I was in a West Coast offense and we were in a half-field read about 99 percent of the time. To me he might build something in on the back side. Griffin’s one of the few quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards and run for 1,000 in his first two seasons. In history. So this is a unique style of offense. They’re having production. I won’t sit here and say he’s playing terribly but I won’t say he’s playing great. There’s a big reason why they’re 3-7 and part of it is him and part of it is the rest of the team. There are a lot of things going on. There’s a lot of pressure. People handle things differently and I just think it’s important that Griffin handles this time like he’s handled all the other times. I have confidence in him as a person. The core of Robert Griffin, I have confidence in that kid. I think he has to take this as an opportunity to get better. Adversity, whether you like it or not, will hit all of us and you deal with it. That’s what I want to see him do.”
Read the full interview here.
Submitted without comment.
With their last two games on the road, the Redskins jumped at the chance to re-sod their field at FedEx. Four of their last six games, including tonight’s against the 49ers, are at home.
But will it hold up?
Colin Kaepernick is in the house, which is good since he’s the 49ers’ starting quarterback.
And now, a public service announcement from your civic-minded, ever-helpful Insider.
Beer will indeed freeze at frigid temperatures, but you probably don’t need to worry about it tonight because:
1) It will be moving in your cup.
2) You prooooooobbbbbbably don’t take three hours to drink one beer.
3) It’s not in cans on your back porch.
H/T to beer expert Matt Rennie
Leonard Hankerson took pictures of the aftermath of his knee surgery. Take a gander:
Leaders of the Casa de Maryland, Blacks in Government, the Prince George County chapter of the NAACP and other local groups protested the Redskins name outside FedEx Field Monday afternoon. While protestors with signs and slogans have made appearances before several Redskins games this season, the protest and its accompanying press conference represented a more organized, wide-reaching opposition than those before it.
Welcome to The Washington Post’s live blog for tonight’s game between the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers at FedEx Field. The Redskins are seeking to end a two-game losing streak that has them in last place in the NFC East. The 49ers have lost two in a row as well as they try to catch the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West. Here’s some reading to get you started until kickoff: