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Washington’s Kirk Cousins, the second of two quarterbacks drafted by Washington this spring after Griffin went second overall, was the most effective offensive performer in the first half, completing 12 of 22 passes for 151 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. His 46-yard completion to WR Anthony Armstrong – the only play of more than 20 yards in the first half for either team – set up the only touchdown of the first half, a one-yard run by RB Evan Royster.
The Bucs were outgained in the first half in net yards, 233 to 38. CB
Ratliff absorbed a four-yard sack on the first play from scrimmage. His first pass of the game was a third-and-12 attempt in
With rookie kicker
Another touchback put the Bucs back at their 20 but they once again failed to move the chains. Ratliff recorded his first completion on five-yard strike to WR
The Bucs went backwards from there, with DT Delvin Johnson sacking Ratliff at the two-yard line on second down. Forbath had to punt from the back edge of the end zone. Banks caught a low punt on one hop, got the left edge and gained 22 yards on the return to the Bucs’ 23. A well-timed hit by S
Cundiff is a touchback machine, so Tampa Bay’s next drive started at the 20 once again. Ratliff’s completion to Underwood on a curl on the second play of the drive (and the first play of the second quarter), picked up 11 yards and the Bucs’ initial first down of the game. His next pass was a fade stop to Stroughter on the right sideline that gained 18 more, almost to midfield. However, when Ratliff dropped back on third-and-10 three plays later, DE Kedric Golston broke through the line and sacked him for a loss of eight.
Goode stopped Royster for a loss of one on Washington’s next play but Cousins threw deep to Armstrong on the next play and it was good for a 46-yard gain to the Bucs’ 14. Three plays later, Royster bounced off a nice hit by Goode and just extended the ball over the goal line for the game’s first touchdown and a 13-0 Washington lead.
Cundiff finally kicked one that didn’t go out of the end zone and Underwood made several sharp cuts on his return to get 39 yards to the Bucs’ 33. Cundiff hit TE
A 50-yard punt by Forbath, which Banks briefly put on the ground, pushed Washington back to their own 16 but they moved out to midfield quickly. A sharp cutback run by Royster got the ball down to the Bucs’ 36 but rookie CB
Ratliff took his fifth sack of the game at the beginning of the next drive, but passes to Smith for 11 yards and 12 yards to Stroughter pulled the Bucs out of a second-and-23 hole. The Bucs used their first timeout with 53 seconds and the ball at their 46, and during the stoppage the officials decided to review the spot of the ball. And then review it again. The ruling was upheld both times, but Ratliff’s next pass was overthrown and intercepted by S Jordan Bernstine, who got off his knees and returned it 10 yards to the Washington 46.
The Redskins used the opportunity to run a two-minute drill and a third-down catch by Helu got 17 yards to the Bucs’ 31, where the home team then used its final timeout of the half with 31 seconds left. A pass interference call against Myron Lewis gave the Redskins a first down at the Bucs’ four-yard line with six seconds remaining. The Bucs defense blanketed all possible receivers on the next play, leading to an incompletion with one second remaining. Cundiff came on to spike the halftime score by three points with a 22-yard field goal as time expired.