NEW ORLEANS--In summary: As Robert Griffin III addressed the media following Sunday’s 40-32 upset of the Saints, the Redskins rookie held a football his hands.
Players don’t normally bring balls to the podium. But Griffin didn’t want to let this one out of his sight. This ball was special.
It was the same one he threw to Pierre Garçon for an 88-yard touchdown in the first quarter. That pass not only marked the first touchdown of Griffin’s career, just as important, it staked the Redskins to a lead they would not relinquish while hushing a boisterous crowd that had come to Superdome expecting a very different outcome.
“My first touchdown in the NFL,” Griffin said, beaming.
The touchdown pass to Garçon was the seventh of eight consecutive completions to start the game for Griffin. In a lot ways, the missile he fired over the middle of the field also was a sign of things to come.