Pulse Report: Redskins at Broncos

Pulse Report: Redskins at Broncos
October 28, 2013, 11:30 am
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Here are some of the social highlights from the Redskins' 45-21 loss to the Broncos:

The Mile High rise and grind for the boys in Burgundy & Gold:

The Redskins went three and out on their opening drive, but the Broncos did what they're known for and drove down the field, scoring on a 6 yard pass to Wes Welker:

Rocca and the special teams unit were giving Manning and the Broncos a long field to work with, and the defense was able to keep them out of the end zone after the opening drive, but it took the offense some time to get going. Late in the first half, the Redskins were able to sustain a drive and look like they could finally get on the board:

And that they did. With 19 seconds left on the clock in the first half, RGIII found Leonard Hankerson for a 7 yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7:

At the half, Redskins fans had a special teams unit that kept Holliday from being a threat, a defense that limited yards after the catch, and an offense that mounted a 95-yard scoring drive to thank for a 7-7 tie game. It was the first time this season the Broncos had been held to less than 10 points in the first half:

Redskins fans were as surprised as Broncos fans at the close game but were decidedly more excited:

The Redskins came out hot in the third. Alfred Morris was rolling, racking up a 13-yard run after contact to get to the goal line and a 1-yard run to give Washington a 14-7 lead:

Just seconds later, Demaryius Thomas fell down running his route and DeAngelo Hall was there to take advantage with a 26-yard pick six, putting the Redskins up 21-7:

The Broncos started to claw back, though. It all began with a hard-earned 4-yard touchdown run by Montee Ball to make it 21-14 Skins midway through the third quarter:

Early in the fourth quarter, Peyton Manning connected with Joel Dreessen for a 1-yard touchdown on 4th & goal to tie the game at 21:

After Sav Rocca shanked a punt for just 15 yards, it took the Broncos just a single play to capitalize and take a 28-21 lead—a 35-yard TD pass to Knowshon Moreno:

On the Broncos next drive, the Redskins defense stepped up and held Denver to a 19-yard Matt Prater field goal:

With 6:35 to play, Peyton Manning found Demaryius Thomas for a 35-yard touchdown reception to extend the Denver lead to 38-21:

When it rains, it really does pour. Robert Griffin III took a crushing hit from Terrance Knighton late in the fourth quarter and was replaced by Kirk Cousins on the next offensive possession. Just a few snaps later, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie picked off Cousins then stared him down as he high-stepped 75 yards to the end zone for a 45-21 Denver lead:

In the end, what Trevor Matich called a "Mile High Meltdown" ended with 38 unanswered points for Denver in the second half and 45-21 defeat for the Redskins:

There honestly weren't too many bright spots for the Redskins, but a few names stood out for player of the game:

There's no denying it was a rough game and the players knew it, but they were ready to improve and move on: