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RG3 sprains knee; Cousins lifts Skins to OT win over Ravens

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LANDOVER, Md. -- Robert Griffin III walked gingerly through the Washington Redskins locker room, his sprained right knee in a big black brace.

Teammates stood at their lockers, mixing the emotions of an improbable 31-28 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens with the fear that their franchise player could be seriously hurt.

"We're happy that we won, obviously," left tackle Trent Williams said. "But that is concerning, knowing he went down. Everyone wants to know how he's doing."

Griffin went down during Washington's final drive of regulation Sunday, with the Redskins trailing by eight. Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins, who had played in only one other game this season, stepped in and hit Pierre Garcon for an 11-yard touchdown pass with 29 seconds remaining, then ran the quarterback draw for the 2-point conversion to tie the game.

Yet another rookie, Richard Crawford, returned a punt 64 yards in overtime to set up Kai Forbath's 34-yard game-winning field goal. The Redskins (7-6) have a four-game winning streak -- putting pressure on the New York Giants in the race for the NFC East title -- but the day's most important result was still to come, with Griffin scheduled to undergo an MRI.

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The worst-case scenario would be a season-ending ACL tear, like the one Griffin had while playing for Baylor in 2009.

"I'm not a doctor, but I know what an ACL feels like," Griffin said. "And it doesn't feel like an ACL. ... If I felt that, I'd be pretty nervous. But we won the game, everybody's praying for me, I feel pretty good right now about the whole situation. I'm not too nervous, but I'll definitely be praying during the MRI."

With the Redskins trailing 28-20 after Ray Rice's 7-yard touchdown run with 4:47 to play, Griffin started moving his team before he was tackled by Haloti Ngata at the end of a 13-yard scramble.

"I knew as soon as I got hit. I screamed. Like a man, of course," Griffin added with a laugh. "It hurt really bad."

Griffin left for one play, then returned for four more, completing two passes to get the Redskins deep into Ravens territory. But he was also hopping on one leg. Eventually, he fell to the turf and could no longer continue.

"I knew I needed to get out at that point," Griffin said. "I couldn't move. At some point you have to do what's right for the team. And if I'm playing the rest of that game, I probably would have hurt myself even more."

In came fourth-round pick Cousins, who was a clutch 2 for 2 -- back-to-back to Leonard Hankerson for 15 yards and 11 yards to Garcon.

"He's ice. Like they used to say about Larry Bird, he got ice water in his veins. That's the best thing you can say about Kirk," receiver Josh Morgan said. "He was coming like nothing was even going on."

Then came some Bird-level audaciousness -- the quarterback draw on the 2-point try, a call that Griffin heard through his headphones while getting treatment on the sideline.

"It was awesome," Griffin said.

The Ravens got the ball to start overtime but went three-and-out. Seventh-round pick Crawford, getting a chance to handle punts for the first time after a disappointing set of games from Brandon Banks, had the big return to Baltimore's 24-yard line, putting the Redskins easily within the range of Forbath, who hasn't missed in 14 attempts in his debut NFL season.

It was all part of a day of big-time contributions from first-year Redskins: Sixth-rounder Alfred Morris ran for 122 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown.

While the Redskins have been in must-win mode since dropping to 3-6, the Ravens (9-4) would have clinched the AFC North with a win. Instead, they ended a 15-game winning streak following a loss, dropping back-to-back games for the first time since 2009. They are 2-2 in their past four -- all decided by three points.

"As a leader on this team I like to finish teams out," said Rice, who ran for 121 yards on 20 carries. "I don't want to be known as 'Yeah, we get them close in the fourth quarter, and the Ravens are going to give it away.' That's never been us. That's not going to be us."

Joe Flacco completed 16 of 21 passes for 182 yards and three first-half touchdowns for the Ravens, and third-round pick Bernard Pierce ran for a season-high 53 yards. Anquan Boldin, who passed the 10,000-yard receiving mark, caught two touchdown passes and set up a third with a 28-yard catch-and-tiptoe-run down the sideline.

The big accomplishment for the Ravens defense was getting RG3 out of the game -- and they still couldn't win. After sweeping their three NFC East rivals in three weeks, the Redskins now have bragging rights over their neighbor to the north.

"We knew if we didn't get the win today, obviously those other three didn't mean a whole lot," Washington coach Mike Shanahan said. "I'm really proud of how the guys played."

Notes

  • Ravens RG Marshal Yanda sprained his right ankle and wore a black walking boot on his foot in the locker room. LB Jameel McClain had a neck injury, but X-rays were negative. FB Vonta Leach sprained his ankle. Rice had a left hip pointer.
  • The Redskins have their first four-game winning streak since 2008 and have six 30-point games, their most since 1996.
  • Washington became the first team since the 1970 merger to have two rookie quarterbacks lead fourth-quarter comebacks in the same season.
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Sun. Dec. 9Final OT
OT
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RavensRedskins
Pass: J. Flacco (16-21, 182) R. Griffin III (15-26, 246)
Rush: R. Rice (20-121) A. Morris (23-122)
Rec: A. Boldin (3-78) P. Garcon (5-87)
Scoring Summary
1ST QUARTER
TDJosh Morgan catches a 4 yard pass from Robert Griffin III (Kai Forbath kick is good). Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards in 5:22.
TDAnquan Boldin catches a 19 yard pass from Joe Flacco (Justin Tucker kick is good). Drive: 5 plays, 81 yards in 2:33.
TDAlfred Morris runs for 1 yard (Kai Forbath kick is good). Drive: 8 plays, 83 yards in 4:10.
2ND QUARTER
TDAnquan Boldin catches a 31 yard pass from Joe Flacco (Justin Tucker kick is good). Drive: 9 plays, 77 yards in 4:29.
TDDennis Pitta catches a 14 yard pass from Joe Flacco (Justin Tucker kick is good). Drive: 3 plays, 14 yards in 0:51.
3RD QUARTER
FGKai Forbath makes a 48 yard kick. Drive: 6 plays, 16 yards in 2:25.
FGKai Forbath makes a 49 yard kick. Drive: 8 plays, 54 yards in 4:14.
4TH QUARTER
TDRay Rice runs for 7 yards (Justin Tucker kick is good). Drive: 8 plays, 62 yards in 4:00.
TDPierre Garcon catches an 11 yard pass from Kirk Cousins (Kirk Cousins runs for a 2 Pt. Conversion). Drive: 13 plays, 85 yards in 4:18.
OT
FGKai Forbath makes a 34 yard kick. Drive: 3 plays, 8 yards in 1:46.

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Players of the Game
Washington

R. Griffin III
Att 26
Comp 15
Yds 246
TD 1
Baltimore

J. Flacco
Att 21
Comp 16
Yds 182
TD 3
 
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PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
J. Flacco16/2118231
RushingATTYDSTDLG
R. Rice20121146
B. Pierce853021
J. Flacco5905
V. Leach2302
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
A. Boldin378231
D. Pitta546114
T. Smith121021
R. Rice31509
V. Leach21108
B. Pierce211011
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PassingCP/ATYDSTDINT
R. Griffin III15/2624610
K. Cousins2/22610
RushingATTYDSTDLG
A. Morris23122129
R. Griffin III734013
E. Royster31105
L. Hankerson1303
P. Garcon1202
ReceivingRECYDSTDLG
P. Garcon587123
L. Hankerson467029
S. Moss352031
J. Morgan330121
D. Young128028
L. Paulsen1808
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