Griffin Leads Redskins to Victory
Charles E. Sutton | 11/25/2012, 8:29 p.m.
Robert Griffin III, who starred in football and track at Copperas Cove High School and won the Heisman Trophy as a quarterback at Baylor University, looked right at home on Thanksgiving Day in Cowboys Stadium. He completed 20 of 28 pass attempts for 311 yards, four touchdowns and one interception, and became the first quarterback in Redskins history to pass for four touchdowns in back-to-back games.
Griffin's outstanding performance led the Redskins to a 38-31 victory over the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. His heroics were accompanied by Alfred Morris' 113 yards rushing, a defensive effort that produced three takeaways, and a 48-yard field goal from Kai Forbath that gave Washington its first Thanksgiving win over Dallas in seven attempts.
The much-needed victory was the Redskins' second straight, and was the first time the team won two consecutive games since Weeks 1 and 2 of the 2011 season. It also gave Washington its second straight win in the NFC East after Sunday's 31-6 trouncing of the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Redskins are now 5-6 and tied for second place in the division. If Green Bay beats the New York Giants on Sunday night, Washington will host the Giants on December 3 with an opportunity to tie for first place in the NFC East.
Thursday afternoon's game which was aired nationally had plenty of drama. After getting off to a slow start, Washington went on a 28-point scoring run in the second quarter, then had to endure a 28-point second half by Dallas led by quarterback Tony Romo, who completed 37 of 62 pass attempts for 441 yards and three touchdowns. The Redskins also needed a strong defensive stand to hold on for a win.
Washington's offense had its share of difficulty early but started to get traction in its third possession, beginning to most prolific quarter they have had in 13 seasons.
Griffin's 68-yard touchdown pass to Dallas native Aldrick Robinson served as a catalyst for the Redskins, and was followed by a 1-yard touchdown run by Alfred Morris, a 59-yard touchdown strike to Pierre Garcon, and a late-second-quarter six-yard touchdown toss to Santana Moss.
The 28-point quarter was the first by the Redskins since an October 3, 1999, contest against the Carolina Panthers and gave Washington a 28-3 halftime lead. The Redskins outgained the Cowboys 226-63 in the second quarter.