TAMPA — Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III engineered a last-minute 56-yard drive, setting up Bill Cundiff's game-winning 41-yard field goal with :03 remaining as Washington beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-22 Sunday.
The Bucs had fought back from a 21-6 deficit, scoring two second-half touchdowns before Connor Barth kicked his third field goal of the game, from 47 yards, to give the Bucs a 22-21 lead.
But the Tampa Bay defense could not stop Griffin, who finished the day with 323 passing yards and 43 more on the ground. Starting from his own 20, Griffin threw 15 yards to Santana Moss, then found a wide open Fred Davis down the middle of the field for another 20. Two plays later, Griffin scrambled down the middle of the Bucs defense for another 26 yards, putting Washington in field goal position at the Tampa Bay 26.
Cundiff, who had missed three earlier attempts, connected on his fourth try for the decisive points.
The loss dropped the Bucs to 1-3 on the season, while Washington improved to 2-2. The Bucs have a bye week next Sunday before returning home against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 14.
Here is how today's game unfolded:
Tampa Bay 3, Washington 0
Bucs Washington scoring play: Connor Barth 50-yard field goal
Drive: 7 plays, 38 yards, 4:30
Key plays: Josh Freeman hooked up with Mike Williams for a 20-yard gain to the Redskins 41, but a holding call on C Jeremy Zuttah wiped out a nice Doug Martin run and put the Bucs in a 1st and 20 hole at the Washington 49. Freeman completed three consecutive passes, but still had to settle for the field goal.
Washington 7, Tampa Bay 3
Redskins scoring play: Pierre Garcon recover fumble in the end zone (Billy Cundiff kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 75 yards, 4:42
Key plays: QB Robert Griffin III was 4-for-4 passing on the drive, including completioins of 17 yards (Albert Morris), 24 yards (FB Darrel Young) and 26 yards (TE Fred Davis) to the Bucs 14. Three plays later, Griffin scrambled up the middle to the Bucs 1, where he fumbled into the end zone and Garcon recovered for the touchdown.
Washington 14, Tampa Bay 3
Redskins scoring play: Griffin 5-yard touchdown run (Cundiff kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 35 yards, 3:43
Key plays: Josh Freeman's fourth interception of the season — this one by Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall on a pass thrown behind intended target Vincent Jackson at the Bucs 35 — set up Washington's second score. The Redskins picked up one first down on a 7-yard run on fourth and 1 by Morris at the 26, got another on an offsides call against the Bucs on third and 1 at the 10, and Griffin scored on the QB draw one play later.
Washington 21, Tampa Bay 3
Redskins scoring play: Morris 39-yard touchdown run (Cundiff kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 60 yards, :48
Key plays: Following a Bucs punt, Morris hit WR Leonard Hankerson for a 21-yard gain to the Bucs 39, and one play later, Morris broke off left tackle and scrambled untouchdown down the left hashmark for Washington's third touchdown of the game and second in just over 2 minutes.
Washington 21, Tampa Bay 6
Bucs scoring play: Barth 57-yard field goal
Drive: 9 plays, 41 yards, 3:20
Key plays: A little trickery set up Tampa Bay's second field goal. Facing third and 4 at their own 41, the ball was snapped directly to RB D.J. Ware (while Freeman faked like the snap went over his head) and Ware ran left for a 17-yard gain. Two incompletions and a short Freeman scramble forced Barth to make the longest kick of his career.
Washington 21, Tampa Bay 13
Bucs scoring play: Vincent Jackson 7-yard touchdown pass from Freeman (Barth kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 85 yards, 2:28
Key plays: Freeman, backed up to his own 15, unleashed a bomb down the right sideline to WR Mike Williams, who had gotten behind CB Josh Wilson, and Williams had picked up 65 yards before being brought down. Four plays later Freeman hit Jackson on a slant play to the left.
Washington 21, Tampa Bay 19
Bucs scoring play: LeGarrette Blount 2-yard touchdown run (pass failed)
Drive: 5 plays, 79 yards, 2:32
Key plays: Vincent Jackson caught two big passes — a 54-yard reception down the left sideline to the Redskins 25 and, two plays later, a 22-yard pass to the Washington 2. Blount ran it in two plays later. G Ted Larsen was flagged for illegal motion before the conversion attempt, and Freeman's pass was incomplete.
Tampa Bay 22, Washington 21
Bucs scoring play: Barth 47-yard field goal
Drive: 7 plays, 36 yards, 1:56
Key plays: Freeman hit Tiquan Underwood for a 19 yard gain to the Redskins 34, setting up Barth's third field goal.
Washington 24, Tampa Bay 22
Redskins scoring play: Cundiff 41-yard field goal
Drive: 7 plays, 56 yards, 1:39
Key plays: Taking possession with just 1:42 on the clock, Griffin connected on back-to-back passes of 15 yards (Santana Moss) and Davis (20 yards), moving to the Bucs 45. Two plays later, Griffin picked up another 26 yards on a scramble, getting Cundiff in position for the game-winning field goal.