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For the third time in four weeks, Robert Griffin III and the Redskins had the ball with a chance to send a game into overtime. And for the third time they didn't get it done.
Griffin completed a fourth and one pass to Pierre Garçon but Giants safety Will Hill stripped the ball away from the wide receiver and that was that.
The 24-17 loss to the Giants dropped the Redskins to 3-9 and ensured that they would not be participating in the playoffs for the third time in Mike Shanahan's four years as head coach.
But Griffin was no buying into the "you are what your record says you are" way of thinking.
"We're sitting here -- think our record is 3-9 now‹and I just think we're too good to be a 10-loss football team," said the second-year quarterback. "You know other people will look at it and say, 'that's what we are' and think that guys are going to quit. But like I told them after the game, I'll go to war with any of them."
In the early going, it looked like the Redskins were up for the fight. Griffin completed his first 12 passes.
For the first time all year Washington scored a touchdown on its first possession of the game. The defense was on the ball at the Redskins led 14-0 early in the second quarter after Griffin completed another drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Logan Paulsen.
At halftime, the game was tied at 14-14. Griffin was 16 for 17 passing for 149 yards and a touchdown. That came to a passer rating of 122.8.
"We were gelling early, putting points up‹moved the ball really well and in the second half we just shot ourselves in the foot, got in some bad situations," said Griffin. "We weren't converting on third down, the manageable third downs, and you just got to make plays on those longer distances. We weren't doing that in the second half. That's why some of our drives were stalling."
One of those drives that stalled turned the momentum of the game. With the game still tied at 14 late in the third quarter, safety Brandon Meriweather intercepted an Eli Manning pass and returned it to the New York 12.
But the Redskins couldn't move the ball. On third down, from the 10, Griffin threw a pass intended for Garçon that cornerback Prince Amukamara nearly picked off. The wide receiver kicked the ball in frustration, drawing a five-yard delay of game penalty.
Griffin and Garçon got into an animated discussion on the sidelines after Kai Forbath kicked a 33-yard field goal.
Griffin downplayed the talk.
"Just going over pictures and make sure when we get the right looks we hit what we need to hit and on that one we didn't," said Griffin. "Yeah, there was a little frustration but it's all frustration because we want to win football games."
Even though the Redskins did get three points out of the turnover, the feeling was that they should have done better. The Giants went on to score the last 10 points of the game to cap a 24-3 run after the Redskins took that early two-touchdown lead.