In a game dominated by the offenses and filled with big plays, the Redskins edged the Bears 45-41 at FedEx Field on Sunday afternoon.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for 298 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Washington, which took the lead for good in the final minute on a three-yard TD run from Roy Helu Jr. The score was Helu’s third of the game.
The Bears (4-3) lost starting quarterback Jay Cutler to a groin injury, but replacement Josh McCown was strong in relief, completing 14-of-20 passes for 204 yards, including a TD pass to Martellus Bennett that gave Chicago a 45-41 lead with 3:57 left.
However, Washington responded with the game-winning 80-yard scoring march. Griffin connected with rookie tight end Jordan Reed for receptions of 26 and 10 yards on the drive, with the latter a key third-down conversion. On the next play, Helu scored the deciding touchdown for Washington (2-4).
Reed led Washington with nine catches and 134 yards. The Bears, meanwhile, got 91 yards rushing and three touchdowns from tailback Matt Forte. They also scored on a 81-yard Devin Hester punt return. The Redskins had a return TD of their own, with Brian Orakpo returning a deflected pass for a score in the second quarter. Washington also scored on a 45-yard Griffin-to-Aldrick Robinson TD pass in the fourth quarter.
The Bears’ final touchdown came one play after Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather was penalized for a personal foul for the second time in the game. He made forearm-to-helmet contact with Bears wideout Brandon Marshall on an incomplete pass. Earlier in the game, Meriweather was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit.
Cutler suffered his injury when sacked in the second quarter. Bears linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder) and cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) were also hurt in the loss. Redskins safety Reed Doughty suffered a concussion.