Trailing 21-7 after Broncos (7-1) quarterback Peyton Manning threw a pick-six to Redskin cornerback DeAngelo Hall with 11:25 to play in the third quarter, the Broncos showed why they are the highest scoring team in the NFL by scoring 31 straight points in the fourth quarter. They finished with 446 total yards. Manning ended the game 30 for 44 for 354 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions.
The Redskins (2-5) countered with one fumble, three punts and four interceptions in the second half. They finished with 110 yards after intermission. To make matters worse, Redskin quarterback Robert Griffin III exited the game with a leg injury with 5:53 left to play in the game after taking a hard sack. He was not seriously injured and is expected to start this week at home against the San Diego Chargers.
Back up quarterback Kirk Cousins finished the game and threw his own pick-six. RG3 finished the game 15 for 30 for 132 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Cousins was five for nine for 48 yards and two interceptions.
This was a tale of two halves. The first half went well for the Redskins as their run game kept Manning off the field. Running back Alfred Morris ran hard and ended the game with 93 yards on 17 carries and one touchdown. The Redskin defense limited the Broncos to their lowest point total in the first half this season and the game was a 7-7 tie at intermission.
The second half began great for the Redskins as linebacker Ryan Kerrigan knocked the ball out of Manning’s hands causing a fumble which was recovered by fellow linebacker Brian Orakpo. Three Morris runs had the ball in the end zone and Washington took a 14-7 lead with 11:34 to play in the third quarter. Nine seconds later the Hall pick-six quickly followed and the Redskins had their largest lead of the game at 21-7. Hall became the first Redskin in history to have three defensive touchdowns in a season.
Even though the second half began well, it later turned into a disaster for Washington. The Broncos went wild, outscoring the Redskins 38-14 in the second half. Manning had a fourth quarter to remember. It began with a touchdown pass of one yard with 14:56 to play, then he added a 35-yard scoring pass 37 seconds later. After a 19-yard field goal, Manning concluded his portion of the fourth quarter scoring frenzy with another 35-yard touchdown. A 75-yard interception return of a pass by Cousins with 2:07 left in the game by cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie punctuated a dominating Denver second half.