Midway through the third quarter, the Washington Redskins led this game 21-7. Yet an injury to Robert Griffin III late in the contest and a brilliant fourth quarter from Peyton Manning allowed to the Denver Broncos to surge ahead and win by a final score of 45-21. The Broncos are now 7-1 on the season, while the Redskins fell to 2-5.
Although he threw three interceptions during the game, including one that was returned 26 yards for a touchdown by DeAngelo Hall, Manning’s fourth-quarter play was outstanding. He threw three touchdowns during the final period, including a pair of 35-yarders to Knowshon Moreno and Demaryius Thomas. Manning finished the game with 354 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Washington got a strong performance out of running back Alfred Morris — 17 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown — but the team wasn’t able to do much offensively outside of him. (Well, Pierre Garcon had this great catch.) Griffin completed only 15 of his 30 passes for 132 yards, and he threw two interceptions to only one touchdown. His backup, Kirk Cousins, sealed Washington’s fate when he threw an interception that was returned 75 yards for a touchdown with a little over two minutes remaining in the game.
The knee Griffin injured in the fourth quarter was not the same one he had surgery on this off-season