In rare Wednesday afternoon game, Robert Griffin III throws a pick six to the Steelers

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Imagine being told about this scenario in 2012:

In an empty Heinz Field, on a Wednesday afternoon, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III — who hadn’t started a meaningful game in four years — threw a pick six to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It has been a weird year. It has been a weird few years for Griffin.

Griffin got the chance to start Wednesday because Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The reason the game was held on a Wednesday was because the Ravens had a COVID outbreak, and the reason it was in the afternoon was because NBC didn’t want to reschedule the Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center in New York.

Again, weird.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III (3) got a start on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III (3) got a start on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Griffin’s day didn’t start well. He fumbled a handoff exchange on an option run, which can probably be blamed to the lack of practice time for Baltimore over the past week-and-a-half. Then Griffin threw a bad interception that was returned by Joe Haden for a touchdown.

Griffin started only one game since 2016, and that was a meaningless Week 17 outing last season. He’s a long way away from his 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year glory.

But in the weirdest setting for any game yet this NFL season, he got a chance to start. It just didn’t start like he wanted.

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