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Boykin on interception: 'Is this real life?'
Robert Griffin III completed 17 of 35 passes for 264 yards with two touchdowns and one critical interception in Sunday's loss to the Eagles. (AP)
Remember Brett Favre's heave to Brian Dawkins shortly after 4th-'n'-26?
This was kinda like that.
This gift was courtesy of another gifted quarterback, Robert Griffin III.
Protecting an eight-point lead in the waning minutes, the Eagles had allowed the Redskins to convert four straight third downs. A 13-yard catch by Santana Moss on 3rd-and-10. A 28-yarder by Moss on 3rd-and-25. A holding penalty on Najee Goode on 3rd-and-10. A 17-yard completion to Pierre Garcon on 3rd-and-5.
It looked like they couldn't be stopped.
Now it's 3rd-and-1 on the Eagles' 18. That's a gimme, right?
Turns out, it was a gimme -- for the Eagles.
With 40 seconds left and the Redskins out of timeouts, RG3 dropped back, was pressured by Fletcher Cox and off his back foot lofted one toward the end zone, where Brandon Boykin leaped and plucked the floating football out of the air (see story).
"I was a little surprised," Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis said. "My eyes were shifting back and forth between the rush and the coverage, and when I saw [the ball] go up, I looked to see who he was throwing it to. It looked like they might have had a little miscommunication. I'm just glad Boykin caught it."
"I was trying to throw the ball to the back of the end zone. It didn't get to where I wanted it to go," RG3 said. "Obviously I was on my heels, and it's something I can definitely learn from."
Like throw it toward the sideline?
"I just thought maybe toward the sideline, but right there, a guy comes straight at me," he said. "I'm just trying to throw it as far as I can, and me backing up, trying to throw it out of the back of the end zone, the distance that it was -- it was something I shouldn't do."
Remember, it's only RG3's second year in the league, and he's still only 23 years old. Live and learn.
"Yeah I'm sure if he went back, he would not make that throw again," Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin said. "But I'm happy he did."