After being largely ineffective in the first half, the Washington Redskins' offense dominated the third quarter, scoring twice to tie the Bengals, 24-24, through three quarters.
Robert Griffin III bounced back from an unproductive first half, both rushing and passing for more yards in the third quarter than in the entire first half.
Griffin III, making his home debut, was 5-of-10 passing for 36 yards in the first half and only ran twice for 15 yards, but in the third quarter he was 4-of-6 passing for 52 yards and a touchdown as well as 27 rushing yards.
The Redskins started the second half quickly, marching down the field for a touchdown on the first drive after the break. Alfred Morris punctuated the 80-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run.
After the defense forced a three-and-out from the Bengals, Griffin III and the Redskins went 86 yards on nine plays to tie the score at 24.The rookie quarterback hit Santana Moss for a 3-yard touchdown with 3:29 left in the quarter, and Billy Cundiff's extra point made it 24-24.
The Redskins were given good field position for their third drive of the quarter when BenJarvus Green-Ellis committed the first fumble of his five-year NFL career, but they could not do anything with it and were forced to punt.
The Bengals did not have a drive longer than three plays in the third quarter.