Shutdown Corner

Griffin leaves game with knee injury, but Cousins saves the day for Redskins

Frank Schwab
Shutdown Corner

The Washington Redskins experienced quite a range of emotions in the last minutes of their game against Baltimore.

First, the horror of seeing franchise rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III's leg get violently hyperextended as he was hit at the end of a play. He moved very gingerly and was helped off the field.

"I screamed, like a man of course," Griffin said, according to 106.7 The Fan in Washington. "It hurt real bad."

Then Griffin was back a play later, but he only lasted a few plays before he had to be helped off again, the pain too great for him to continue. But in that time, Griffin did set up Kirk Cousins to be the hero of Washington's 31-28 win over Baltimore and keep the Redskins' playoff hopes alive.

Cousins, a rookie like Griffin, came in the game and threw a touchdown to Pierre Garcon and ran in a two-point conversion with 29 seconds left in overtime. A 64-yard punt return by Richard Crawford in overtime set up the game-winning field goal.

While Cousins made the signature plays of the game cold off the bench, Griffin completed two passes for 37 yards after suffering his injury. Without that, the Redskins might not have been in position for Cousins' heroics.

The thrill of an incredible comeback win will be tempered by concern over Griffin's health. Griffin, who has had an ACL tear before, told reporters after the game he didn't think he had a torn ACL. The Redskins said he will get an MRI. Washington will be holding its breath.

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