Redskins fall to Steelers 27-12; Giants are World Series champs
Photo: Associated Press
October 29, 2012
By Ceci Ferrara
For the second straight week, the Redskins fell short. But unlike last time, it wasn’t even close. Though the media mocked the Steelers for their bumblebeelike throwback uniforms, it was the Redskins’ performance that was laughable. Their receivers dropped 10 passes – the most by any team in a single game so far this season. Kai Forbath’s extra point was blocked in the second quarter, giving the Redskins only six points in the entire first half.
While Forbath nailed two field goals in the second half, the rest of the offense struggled. They didn’t score a touchdown the rest of the game with the Pittsburgh defense holding Washington to under 100 rushing yards for the first time all season. Robert Griffin III went 16-for-34 for just 177 yards and one touchdown, compared to Ben Roethlisberger, who completed 24 passes for 222 yards and three touchdowns.
It was a sloppy and disappointing game by Washington, which was capped with an ejection of DeAngelo Hall for removing his helmet and berating an official on the field. Hall will likely face a fine, if not a suspension, for his actions, and it’s the last thing the injury-ridden Redskins needed.
With the loss, the Skins fall to 3-5 and the bottom of the NFC East. They will return home next week to face another struggling team with a young star quarterback: Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers (1-6).
For the second time in three years, the San Francisco Giants are world champions. They staved off elimination twice in the postseason, coming back from deficits in both the Division and League Series to earn a spot in the World Series.
Their opponents in the Fall Classic were the Detroit Tigers, who swept the Yankees 4-0 in the ALCS and seemed poised to give the Giants a run for their money. Their star pitcher was 2011 Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, who was 3-0 in the postseason going into game one of the series.
But in game one, his rhythm was off, which he and the rest of the team later blamed on their five-day break before the World Series. Verlander gave up five runs in four innings, including two home runs to Giants third basemen (and eventual series MVP) Pablo Sandoval.
The Tigers never got their rhythm back, even when they traveled home to play games 3 and 4 in Detroit. They were shutout in games 2 and 3, and though they forced extra innings in the decisive game 4, they couldn’t get a hit in the bottom of the 10th after the Giants had scored the go ahead run.
It was ironic that their final out was on Miguel Cabrera, the first Triple Crown winner since 1967. During the regular season, he hit 44 home runs, had 139 RBIs, and a .330 batting average. Yet he struck out and appeared unable to keep the Tigers’ series dreams alive.
For the third straight year a National League team has won the title with the St. Louis Cardinals taking home the Commissioner’s Trophy last year. The Giants arrived in the Bay Area and were greeted by thousands of fans on Monday. On Wednesday, they will celebrate with a ticker-tape parade.