Reporting Chuck Carroll
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSDC) — Had the Washington Redskins been able to pull off the improbable road victory over the New York Giants, Robert Griffin III’s magic would have been the lead of the game. As it stands, Fred Davis’ Achilles’ injury will overshadow the 27-23 loss.
Davis, who received the team’s franchise designation this offseason, tore his left Achilles’ tendon and will miss the remainder of the season.
The tight end was carted to the locker room after injuring his left Achilles while cutting to the right in the back of the end zone on 3rd and goal play late in the first quarter.
Davis was assisted off the field, hopped on one leg to the training table and eventually driven to the locker room.
He returned to the sideline on crutches and a walking boot on his left foot. Head coach Mike Shanahan confirmed the severity of the injury following the game.
On the field, Robert Griffin III hit Santana Moss for a 30-yard touchdown to nearly give Washington an improbable come from behind road victory over the defending Super Bowl Champions.
The touchdown would not have been possible had it not been for an electrifying fourth down conversion that included patented Houdini-like escapes from Griffin and an improbable completion to Logan Paulsen.
Washington’s lead would quickly be erased by a 77-yard bomb to Victor Cruz on New York’s next series that put the nail in the Redskins coffin.
Rookie mistakes would plague the quarterback in the second half. Washington turned the ball over four times in the second half, nearly matching their season total heading into Sunday’s game.
A third quarter interception proved costly and a fourth quarter fumble would have sealed Washington’s fate if not for a Rob Jackson interception on the ensuing Giants drive.
Griffin’s pass to Logan Paulsen sailed high and into the waiting arms of Stevie Browns.
Seven plays later, Ahamad Bradshaw punched it into the end zone from one-yard out to give Eli Manning and the Giants the lead.
Washington converted twice on fourth down on their next drive, before Jason Pierre-Paul jarred the ball out of Griffin’s hands as he tumbled to the turf. The play was upheld on official review.
Jackson would intercept Manning on the very next play, setting up Kai Forbath’s third field goal of the game and Washington’s final points of the game.
Griffin began the game in the same fashion that has earned him Rookie of the Week honors on numerous occasions this season.
He orchestrated a masterful 17-play, 93-yard opening drive that stalled inside the Giants’ 5-yard line, resulting in a 20-yard Forbath field goal.
For an encore, Sanatana Moss capped another long drive with a 26-yard touchdown on a well-designed screen on their next series.
New York’s defense was able to poke holes in Griffin’s lack of experience in the second half.
He finished the day 20-of-28 for 258 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed nine times for 89 yards, making good on his promise to get out of bounds and not take the big hit.
Rookie running back Alfred Morris again out-performed his late-round draft pick expectations. He carried the ball 22 times for 120 yards.
New York’s Manning-led offense racked up 393 yards on the afternoon.
The Giant quarterback passed for 337 yards behind a 26-for-40 effort.
NOTES: London Fletcher left the game in the second half with a hamstring injury and was unable to return.