August 29, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins kicker Billy Cundiff (5) kicks a field goal against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 30-3. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Fourth Time is the Charm: Cundiff Owes RG3 an Early Xmas Gift

It might have taken every second of a 60 minute game, but Cundiff proved he was just practicing with his first three field goal attempts today.  After missing from 57, 41, 31 (yes, 31) yards, Billy Cundiff, who also missed from 32 yards last year in the AFC Championship as time expired, pulled through and (barely) made a game winning field goal from 42.

The Redskins pretty much dominated the game through the first 25 mins of the game, leading 21-6.  The Skins defense and running game had pretty much everything I had pointed out they needed to do in order to win this game. They ran the ball against the number one rushing defense for 160 yards and three touchdowns, Robert Griffin III wasn’t taking too many hard hits, and they had shut down Josh Freeman and Vincent Jackson.  Then Josh Freeman hit Mike Williams for a 65 yard gain through the air towards the end of the third quarter.  All of a sudden momentum swung, and Vincent Jackson came alive.  The offense had troubles running against a stout defense.  The secondary showed signs of disintegrating. The Buccaneers would go on to score 16 straight points to go up 22-21.  Washington was looking towards a sobering 1-3 start.

With 1:47 and starting from their own 20, it was now up to Rg3 to see if he could lead his team to field goal range and give Cundiff another try to make a kick and win the game.  I was hoping the Redskins could just score a touchdown (it would have helped me win the over, and take the game off of Cundiff’s foot).  Griffin III then put on a clinic doing everything wright.  Hitting receivers, completing all four of his passes (not counting his spike to stop the clock) for 46 yards; and then when seeing open field, ran the ball for another 15 and into (a normal kicker’s) field goal range.  The only thing RG3 did that scared me a bit was taking a hard shot that could have caused a turnover, or worse, an injury.

But I will give Billy Cundiff and the defense credit.  The defense stopped the Buccaneers to only a field goal when they absolutely needed to, and our kicker didn’t let his previous misses get into his head, and he nailed the game winning kick from 42 yards.  The Redskins can now come home 2-2 and be in the thick of playoff talks at the end of the first quarter of this season.  Hail to the Redskins!

How did you think the game went Redskin fans!?  Who else would you like to thank for today’s win?

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