Robert Griffin III added another “is he really a rookie?” performance to his already impressive resume in leading the Redskins to a 31-6 win over the Eagles.
Griffin completed 14 of 15 passes for 200 yards and four, count ‘em four, touchdowns. You could say he wasn’t perfect due to the one incompletion, which came late in the second quarter on a short throw over the middle intended for Josh Morgan.
But the NFL said that he was perfect on the day, at least according to its quarterback rating system. If you plug the numbers into the calculator it spits out a rating of 158.3. You can’t get any higher than that.
Griffin is the first rookie since at least 1960 to get a perfect QB rating in a game with at least 15 pass attempts.
He also set a record for the best completion percentage by a rookie in a game with at least 15 pass attempts. In fact, he shattered it by completing 93.3 percent of his throws. Charlie Batch of the Lions held the previous record with a 16 for 19 (84.2 percent) performance in a game in 1998.
Griffin got things going early. His first pass of the game went to Darrel Young for six yards and a touchdown. That score was set up by DeAngelo Hall’s interception and return to the Philly nine on the Eagles’ third play from scrimmage.
Griffin’s next two TD passes were highlight reel material. In the second quarter he dropped back and had plenty of time to find Aldrick Robinson, who was open by at least 10 yards, in the end zone from 49 yards out. That got the Redskins out to a 14-3 lead and they never looked back.
That doesn’t mean that the rest of the game was not worth watching. In the third quarter Griffin scrambled and launched one deep to Santana Moss at around the five yard line.
“It was an ‘Oh, no . . . oh, yes!’” moment, said Mike Shanahan. The “oh, no” part came from the fact that Moss was bracketed between to defenders. But all was well as Moss snagged the ball and then ran through an attempted tackle by rookie Brandon Boykin and fell into the end zone.
There was a flag on the play that was in the area where we usually see offensive holding called so the stadium was largely quiet after the play. Eagles defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins was so sure it was a holding flag that the mocked RG3’s touchdown celebration.
But it turned out that the penalty was against the Eagles so Griffin got to do his celebration all over again and the Redskins had a 24-6 lead.
His final touchdown came in the fourth quarter when he found Logan Paulsen near the five. Safety Kurt Coleman made a couple of feeble attempts to bring the big tight end down but he powered his way to the end zone to make it 31-6.
Griffin’s day throwing the ball overshadowed some pretty nifty runs he had. On one third quarter play he took off around left end, raced up the sideline for a first down and then executed a spin move that resulted in a would-be tackler grasping at air as he stumbled out of bounds.
Griffin ended up with 84 yards rushing on 12 carries.
Oh, about that one incompletion. A couple of hours after the game ended, he replied to a tweet from ESPN’s Trey Wingo poking fun at him:
“So @RGIII goes 14/15 for 200 yds and 4 TDs. What the hell happened on that one incompletion? unacceptable”
“Looking at film now”
He may have been kidding, but not many would bet against it.