November 23, 2012 in Sports

Griffin shines as Redskins hold off Cowboys, 38-31

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Redskins QB Robert Griffin III runs for first down in Thursday’s victory.
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ARLINGTON, Texas – Robert Griffin III threw for 311 yards and Washington built a huge halftime lead against Dallas before holding on for a 38-31 NFL victory that conjured memories for some of a rally that helped make Cowboys vs. Redskins on Thanksgiving famous.

Griffin made the Cowboys look like an overmatched college team in the second quarter, throwing for three scores in Washington’s first 28-point quarter in 13 years as the Redskins (5-6) built a 28-3 halftime lead.

After Tony Romo threw the longest touchdown of his career – an 85-yarder to Dez Bryant late in the third quarter – Griffin answered by becoming the first Redskins quarterback with four touchdown passes in consecutive games.

And finally, when the Cowboys (5-6) got within a touchdown and really had people thinking back to Clint Longley’s miracle TD to Drew Pearson in the final seconds of a one-point Dallas victory over Washington on Thanksgiving in 1974, Griffin led the Redskins on a clock-killing drive to a field goal and a 38-28 lead in his first pro game in Texas since his sparkling run at Baylor.

Romo lost for the first time in six starts on Thanksgiving, despite a career-high 441 yards and three second-half touchdowns.

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