'A' for effort: Alex Smith saves game-tying score

Brian Tinsman
October 28, 2018 - 3:32 pm
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The Washington Redskins still have not scored a touchdown in the third quarter this season, despite having seven chances to do so.

Regardless of how you feel about quarterback Alex Smith and his contributions to this stat, you have to appreciate that he doesn't take any points for granted.

With the Redskins driving in the red zone at the tail end of the third quarter in Week 8, running back Adrian Peterson took the handoff and hit the hole. In the process, he fumbled the football, which was scooped up by a Giants defender, who took off down the sideline. 

One by one, the Redskins offensive players dropped out of pursuit, despite the tightly-contested score.

Only one player ended up in a position to make a game-saving tackle, and that was Smith, who came streaking in from an angle to knock the defender out of bounds:

True to form, the Giants squandered the excellent field position and come away with zero points. Regardless of his final stat line, which is unlikely to be impressive, if the Redskins win by seven or fewer points, Smith should be celebrated for this play.

 

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