|Date of game: 11/2/2014
Recap: Minnesota vs. Washington
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Asiata's third touchdown of the game led the Minnesota Vikings to a 29-26 victory over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
Asiata finished the game with just 26 yards on 10 carries and also converted a two-point attempt. Teddy Bridgewater went 26-for-42 for 268 yards with a touchdown for the Vikings (4-5), who head into their bye week having won two straight games.
"It was a great team victory today and I'm really proud of the ways the guys fought," said Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer. "I feel like our team really grew up today in a lot of ways. We went down a couple of times, and kept fighting and fighting and it paid off."
Robert Griffin III returned to play for the first time since Week 2 and was 18-for-28 for 251 yards with one touchdown and an interception for the Redskins (3-6), who had won their previous two games.
"I was not good enough to win and that's all that matters," said Griffin. "We lost the game. Guys fought really hard. I have to play better."
Washington had gone on top on Alfred Morris' second score of the game with just over nine minutes to play, but Minnesota answered to again take the lead.
Facing a 3rd-and-10, Bridgewater and Jarius Wright got together for a 21-yard connection to the Washington 36. Bridgewater converted another third down with a completion to Greg Jennings for a 1st-and-goal at the 4, and Asiata punched it in three plays later. Asiata also ran in the two-point conversion for a 29-26 lead with 3:27 to play.
Washington's bid to either tie the game or go ahead fell short as Griffin's pass on 4th-and-6 was incomplete and Washington was able to kill off most of the remainder of the clock.
Griffin had been out with a dislocated ankle, but we was able to show off his athleticism on Washington's first drive.
Facing a 3rd-and-7, Griffin escaped two potential sackers before hitting Roy Helu for a short pass that turned into a 24-yard gain. Kai Forbath made a 36- yard field goal to polish off the 13-play, 62-yard drive and give the Redskins a 3-0 lead with just over six minutes to play in the first.
"Overall I think Robert came in and competed," said Washington head coach Jay Gruden. "I think he gave us a good chance to win."
Minnesota's next touch saw Bridgewater miss a wide open Cordarrelle Patterson on a deep pass and the team eventually had to punt.
It was all Morris on Washington's next possession as his first three carries went for 27 yards down to the Minnesota 19. Griffin's next two passes fell incomplete, but the team got a fresh set of downs thanks to an illegal contact penalty. The next snap saw Morris take a handoff around the right tackle and in on a 14-yard score for a 10-0 lead early in the second.
The next several drives all ended in punts and the Vikings failed on a 4th- and-2 at the Washington 39 late in the half.
However, the Vikings defense came up with a big play as Captain Munnerlyn picked off Griffin to get the ball back for his team near midfield.
The first play of the ensuing drive saw Bridgewater and Jennings get together for 22 yards down to the Washington 24. Two plays later, Bridgewater found Chase Ford alone in the end zone for a 20-yard score to make it a 10-7 game going into the break.
Minnesota went on top on its first touch of the second half as it started with the ball near midfield and a 15-yard catch by Jerick McKinnon coupled with a roughing the passer call on Washington got the ball down to the 25. After McKinnon had runs of 15 and nine yards, Asiata punched it in from a yard out for a 14-10 lead just over four minutes into the third.
The Redskins came right back, though, to take the lead. Griffin converted a 3rd-and-4 with a 17-yard pass to Jordan Reed. Facing another third down, Griffin's run fell short, but an unnecessary roughness call on Harrison Smith gave Washington a fresh set of downs and the ball at the Minnesota 13. The next snap saw Griffin hit DeSean Jackson in the end zone for a 17-14 lead.
Washington tacked on to its lead on its next touch, as Forbath hit a 26-yard field goal to cap a nine-play, 43-yard drive for a 20-14 lead with under two minutes to play in the third.
Minnesota came right back as the team moved 76 yards over 10 plays, with Asiata finishing off the drive on a 7-yard run for a 21-20 lead just two minutes into the fourth quarter.
Griffin hit Jackson down the right sideline for 56 yards to help set up Morris' 2-yard score with 9:01 to play. The two-point conversion, though, failed and it was a 26-21 contest.Game Notes
Morris totaled 92 yards on 19 carries, and Jackson had four catches for 120
yards ... Jennings led Minnesota's receivers with six catches for 76 yards
... Washington hosts Tampa Bay in two weeks ... Minnesota plays at Chicago
following the bye ... Minnesota has won four of the last five games against