NEW ORLEANS (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins beat the New Orleans Saints 40-32 to open their 2012 season. New Orleans, who went undefeated at home last season, was heavily favored to spoil Robert Griffin III’s coming out party.
It didn’t turn out that way.
“Y’all ain’t give us a chance,” London Fletcher exclaimed as he ran off the field. “None of y’all gave us a chance!”
The Redskins put 40 points up for the first time under Mike Shanahan while Griffin went 19-of-26 and threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns without being intercepted in his NFL debut. It was the second most passing yards ever in a NFL debut.
“Robert did an unbelievable job,” Shanahan said.
Griffin was a little more diplomatic with his praise.
“I thought everybody did a great job,” the quarterback said.
Fellow rookie Alfred Morris also shined in his NFL debut. The sixth-round draft pick out of Florida Atlantic rushed for 96 yards on 28 carries and scored two touchdowns.
“[He] had to earn everything he got,” said Shanahan.
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