Originally posted on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 9/16/12


Here's one of the things NOT to do when your team is behind and driving with a chance to tie late in the game. Here's the situation.

The Washington Redskins trailed the St. Louis Rams 31-28 with under two minutes to play in the fourth quarter when quarterback Robert Griffin III flicked a third-down pass to WR Josh Morgan. Morgan eventually was tackled short of the first down marker at the Rams' 29-yard line, but fell well within kicker Billy Cundiff's range to attempt a game-tying field goal. That's when Morgan had a major mental lapse.

Morgan responded to a late shove from St. Louis DB Cortland Finnegan by inexplicably chucking the ball at Finnegan in retaliation, and right in front of an official at that. The official had no choice but to throw a flag and hit the hot-headed Morgan with a 15-yard penalty, thus backing the Redskins up to the 44-yard line facing a fourth-and-16 situation.
On the ensuing play, Cundiff's 62-yard field goal try ended up well short and wide right, which ended any hope of sending the game into overtime. The Rams ran out the remaining 1:18 on the clock and escaped with a victory.

Morgan's blunder will likely go down as one of the untimely and unforgivable penalties in NFL history.
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