Robert Griffin III's helmet transmitter went out in the final drive Sunday, a situation the Washington Redskins practice each week where he is forced to call his own plays. So he was prepared to improvise when it happened against the Buccaneers.
Trailing by a point with 1:42 remaining in the game, Washington's remarkable rookie quarterback calmly drove his team 56 yards to set up Billy Cundiff's 41-yard field goal that went just inside the left upright with three seconds remaining, giving the Redskins a 24-22 win over Tampa Bay.
Afterward, RG3 quoted a football movie called The Replacements.
"Great players want the ball in their hands when it's crunch time," Griffin said. ''It's funny that I just quoted that movie, but that's how it really is."
The victory simply served to fuel the passion among Washington fans about a rookie who has essentially chucked most of that learning-curve stuff in the garbage.
Griffin has the Redskins at 2-2 and is the "It Guy."
"He's a winner. He's a winner," Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said twice for emphasis. "And it's starting to rub off. We always knew he was going to be able to come in and make plays."
It's now clear why, after trading four draft choices to St. Louis to be able to select Griffin with the second pick of the NFL Draft, owner Daniel Snyder took his front-office staff to the Bahamas to celebrate.
Griffin was 26 of 35 for 323 yards and ran seven times
"Anytime you can extend the play with your feet and make plays happen with your feet running the ball, you got a chance to catch defenses off-balance," Hall said. "He's been able to do that all season so far. He's got a great arm. He's always looking to pass. Anytime you put those things together, you have a chance to be good."
Raising Arizona: The Arizona Cardinals didn't get a great game from its defense, just two great plays. The result was another wild win at home, this time 24-21 over Miami on Jay Feely's 46-yard field goal 6:31 into overtime.
The Cardinals are off to their best start since winning their first seven 38 years ago. They've won 9 of 11 overall and eight straight at home. Of those eight wins, five have come in overtime.
"Fortunately for us, the overtime thing continues to work for us," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "It wasn't pretty. We've got a lot of things we've got to correct, but there's a lot of fight in our team. To be able to hang in there, make some plays at the end and win the game, it goes a long way to building confidence in what you can do."
Kickin' it: Forget about Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson. The St. Louis Rams' true offensive star thus far is a rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein, who made 21 straight field goals last fall at Division II Missouri Western and he's been a sure thing in the NFL, too.
The rookie kicked four field goals, setting a club record with a 58-yarder and then topping it with a 60-yarder, and helped the Rams beat the Seattle Seahawks 19-13 on Sunday. He's 12 for 12 on the year.
"Right now, our kicker is the MVP of the season," Jackson said. "Pretty much, all we've got to do is get across the 50-yard line and we're in his range."
Cassel safe for now: Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel said Matt Cassel would be the quarterback for Sunday's game against Baltimore, but the combination of Cassel's lousy play in Sunday's 37-20 loss to San Diego -- he threw three first-half interceptions as the Chiefs fell behind 27-6 -- and Crennel's less-than-enthusiastic defense of his starter guaranteed that the issue won't be so easily dismissed.
"He still can do some good things," Crennel said.
Crennel also wouldn't say whether he contemplated turning to backup Brady Quinn at quarterback at any time during Sunday's game. The Chiefs have committed 15 turnovers in four games, and Cassel -- with seven interceptions and three lost fumbles -- is responsible for 10 of those.
The Tampa Bay Times, the Orlando Sentenal, the Kansas City Star and The Associated Press contributed to this report.