Final

Redskins 28

(1-1, 1-1 away)

Rams 31

(1-1, 1-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:05 PM ET, September 16, 2012

Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 14 7 7 028
STL 3 13 7 831

Top Performers

Passing: S. Bradford (STL) - 310 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Morris (WSH) - 16 CAR, 89 YDS

Receiving: D. Amendola (STL) - 15 REC, 160 YDS, 1 TD

Steven Jackson hurt, Danny Amendola stars as Rams top Redskins

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- One snap in and the St. Louis Rams were already down a touchdown to Robert Griffin III & Co. In the middle of the second quarter, the deficit was 15 points.

No matter, even without star running back Steven Jackson, the Rams had spunk to spare.

Sam Bradford passed for 310 yards and three touchdowns, Danny Amendola tied an NFL record with 12 first-half receptions, and after the break the Rams contained an offense that put up 40 points in Week 1 for a 31-28 victory on Sunday.

"You get caught up in watching the scoreboard and get caught up in negative plays and things, you've got no chance to win," coach Jeff Fisher said after the Rams (1-1) took the home opener. "So, you don't watch the scoreboard, you just go play.

"You make plays and the scoreboard changes."

Griffin threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third in an effective follow-up to a smashing debut, when he became the first rookie quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards and win a season opener. He was sacked only once but hit numerous times in a game that was chippy throughout.

"They dared us to run and we ran it. We moved the ball and we scored points," Griffin said. "We just didn't score enough points.

"Like I said, if teams want to get physical with us, or per se me, then bring it on."

Jackson missed most of the last three quarters after getting stopped twice at the 1, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the second attempt for spiking the ball in frustration. During the game a team spokesman said Jackson was fine, but afterward both Jackson and Fisher said the running back had been sidelined by a groin injury.

The Rams took the lead on Bradford's 1-yard pass to Matthew Mulligan on the first play of the fourth quarter. Mulligan scored his first career touchdown four plays after he partially blocked Sav Rocca's punt to give St. Louis possession at the Washington 24.

Jackson's replacement, rookie Daryl Richardson, had 83 yards on 15 carries and ran for the 2-point conversion and a three-point lead after Mulligan's TD.

Josh Wilson scored his fifth career defensive touchdown on a 30-yard return when Amendola fumbled after a catch on the Rams' first offensive play. Griffin added a 5-yard run and put Washington up 21-6 when he caught Leonard Hankerson in stride for a 68-yard score.

The Rams stuck with Amendola, who matched the first-half reception record set by the Colts' Reggie Wayne in 2007. Amendola finished with 15 catches, tying the franchise record, for 160 yards, helping the Rams exploit a defense that gave up 32 points in the opener.

St. Louis was 7 for 12 on third down conversions and totaled 452 yards. After his fourth career 300-yard passing game, Bradford, the first overall pick in 2010, said there wasn't extra incentive to match RG3.

"I go about it the same each week," Bradford said. "I need to play at a high level, play my best to give this team a chance to win, and I think I did that today."

The Redskins missed a good chance of forcing overtime when Josh Morgan was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct for throwing the ball at Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan. Coach Mike Shanahan opted for a 62-yard field goal attempt on fourth-and-16. Billy Cundiff's attempt was wide right and well short with 1:13 to play.

"I thought we were going for it," Griffin said. "But in a dome, 62 (yards) is far, but it's not that far. I was on a knee and I hoped that it would go through."

The Redskins lost defensive end Adam Carriker and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo to injuries early in the first quarter, while Rams offensive tackle Rodger Saffold was helped off with a right knee injury.

Orakpo and Saffold were hurt on the same play. Orakpo stripped Bradford and Saffold recovered the fumble and carried it 7 yards, but crumpled to the turf on the tackle.

Game notes


Amendola tied the franchise single-game record shared by Isaac Bruce and Flipper Anderson. ... Bradford passed for 300 or more yards for the fourth time in his career and threw for three TDs for the second time. ... Rams rookie punter Johnny Hekker averaged 54.3 yards on three attempts.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WSH
STL
1st Downs1823
Passing 1st downs
715
Rushing 1st downs
96
1st downs from Penalties
22
3rd down efficiency
4-137-12
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays5964
Total Yards373452
Yards per play6.37.1
Total Drives1114
Passing197301
Comp - Att
20-2926-35
Yards per pass
6.88.6
Interceptions thrown
11
Sacks - Yards Lost
1-92-9
Rushing176151
Rushing Attempts
2927
Yards per rush
6.15.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-22-6
Penalties11-967-60
Turnovers13
Fumbles lost
02
Interceptions thrown
11
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession28:3631:24

Passing Leaders

WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Griffin20/292067.1111-9
STLC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Bradford26/353108.9312-9

Rushing Leaders

WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Morris16895.6029
Griffin11827.5215
STLCARYDSAVGTDLG
Richardson15835.5053
Jackson9586.4020

Receiving Leaders

WSHRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Hankerson26834.01683
Morgan55010.00145
STLRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Amendola1516010.715616
Gibson25326.51344

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWSHSTL
wshTD14:49Josh Wilson 30 Yd Fumble Return (Billy Cundiff Kick) 70
stlFG09:05Greg Zuerlein 39 Yd 73
wshTD00:19Robert Griffin 5 Yd Run (Billy Cundiff Kick) 143
SECOND QUARTERWSHSTL
stlFG08:17Greg Zuerlein 33 Yd 146
wshTD06:19Leonard Hankerson 68 Yd Pass From Robert Griffin (Billy Cundiff Kick) 216
stlTD01:58Danny Amendola 1 Yd Pass From Sam Bradford (Greg Zuerlein Kick) 2113
stlFG00:02Greg Zuerlein 42 Yd 2116
THIRD QUARTERWSHSTL
stlTD10:23Brandon Gibson 34 Yd Pass From Sam Bradford (Greg Zuerlein Kick) 2123
wshTD05:27Robert Griffin 7 Yd Run (Billy Cundiff Kick) 2823
FOURTH QUARTERWSHSTL
stlTD14:55Matthew Mulligan 1 Yd Pass From Sam Bradford (Daryl Richardson Run For Two-Point Conversion) 2831

Research Notes

From Elias: Robert Griffin III has 3 passing TD and 2 rushing TD combined so far in his 1st 2 NFL games. The only other quarterbacks since the merger to have at least 3 pass TD and 2 rush TD combined in their first 2 career games are Jake Delhomme in 1999 and Cam Newton in 2011.
The Rams gained 452 yards of offense against the Redskins, their most in a game since Week 16 of the 2006 season against... The Redskins. The last time they gained that many yards against a team NOT named the Redskins was Week 9 in 2006 against the Chiefs.
From Elias: Robert Griffin III had 82 rushing yards, the most by a Redskins QB since Harry Gilmer had 85 yards rushing in 1952 at Chicago Cardinals.
Robert Griffin III is 2nd Redskins player since merger to have at least one passing TD and 2 rushing TD in a game (Mark Rypien in 1992)
Danny Amendola (STL): 15 Rec, tied for 2nd-most in franchise history and the most by a Rams player since Isaac Bruce had 15 on December 24, 1995 against the Dolphins. Hall of Famer Tom Fears holds the franchise record.
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Danny Amendola (STL): 12 Rec, 133 Yds in the 1st half... That's the most receptions in the 1st half since Reggie Wayne also had 12 in Week 17 in 2007 against the Titans
From Elias: Robert Griffin III has a 68-yard pass TD today and had an 88-yard pass TD last week. Last player with a 60+ yard TD pass in each of his first two career NFL games was Ed Rubbert in 1987 (replacement player).

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