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Robert Griffin III, Joshua Morgan Have Fun With Improbable Fumble Recovery

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

LANDOVER, Md. – Joshua Morgan played coy. So, too, did Robert Griffin III.

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Although Morgan improbably caught a fumble by Griffin in the first quarter of the Washington Redskins’ 17-16 victory over the New York Giants, the two pretended they executed the play exactly as designed.

“In my eyes he pitched to me,” Morgan said, smiling. “That’s what I’m going to stick to.”

The play was as unlikely as Washington’s revitalized postseason push. The Redskins were facing second-and-2 from the Giants’ 28-yard line with 4:27 remaining when fullback Darrel Young and running back Alfred Morris joined Morgan and Griffin in the backfield.

They sprinted off to the left, where Young blocked Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora long enough to spring Griffin and then swung out and stepped in front of linebacker Michael Boley.

Griffin, recognizing safety Stevie Brown was about to hit him at the Giants’ 15-yard line, began an awkward slide hastened by Umenyiora’s lunge from behind. As he hit the grass, Brown appeared to reach over and knock the ball out of Griffin’s left hand, which popped it upward and toward Morgan on the left sideline.

Morgan grabbed the ball mid-stride at the 13-yard line and ran through linebacker Keith Rivers’ tackle. He wasn’t caught until defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and cornerback Corey Webster reached him at the goal line.

“We didn’t run it in practice, because we wanted to save it for the game,” Griffin said. “I just knew he was going to be there ready for it. I just had to make sure I grabbed that guy’s leg that was right next to me so that he wouldn’t get it. Josh did a good job making sure he was in the spot he needed to be.”

Morgan has a team-high 39 receptions this season, but has not yet caught a touchdown pass. Being able to score, regardless of how it happened, was special to him because it happened in front of nearly two dozen friends and family members.

“It always means a lot to me, but the win means more, just because it was another division game and another game we had to win,” Morgan said.

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