Ladies and gentlemen, meet Robert Griffin III.
The Redskins' rookie quarterback put on a phenomenal performance in the first half against the New Orleans Saints. The Heisman Trophy winner out of Baylor went 6 for 6 in Washington's first offensive drive, leading to a field goal. On the first pass of the Redskins' second drive, RGIII threw his first career touchdown pass..
From Washington's own 12-yard line.
After a play-action fake, Griffin dropped back to his 4-yard line. He shrugged off a heavy hit from Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins and then launched a deep pass to wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who was cutting across the field. The new Skins' wideout stretched, reaching over his head to make the catch. With the ball secured, the former Colts burner sprinted toward end zone, arriving untouched for an 88-yard touchdown reception.
It was the longest offensive touchdown for the Redskins since 1987. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft finished the first half 11-for-13, 182 passing yards and two touchdown passes.
Meanwhile, No. 1 pick in that same draft, Andrew Luck, was not off to quite the same blistering start against the Chicago Bears. Of course, Luck was in good company as Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez (seriously) were the only signal callers playing anywhere near as well as the kid with the flashy socks and the big arm.
How is this for a first impression?
UPDATE 5:32 p.m. EST: Despite a spirited comeback attempt by Drew Brees and the Saints in the second half, the Redskins would hold on for a 40-32 win. Griffin would finish his NFL debut with 320 yards on 19/26 passing, 42 rush yards, 2 passing TDs, 0 INT.
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