WASHINGTON, D.C.–Just like that, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was off and running. One quick move in the pocket and he was gone.
A mind boggling 76 yards later, the Washington Redskins had a two-score lead and the game in the bag, breaking an eight-game home losing streak.
Griffin’s late score, with just over two minutes remaining, put the nail in the coffin and elevated the Redskins to a .500 record with a 38-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field on Oct. 14.
Griffin finished with a franchise record 138 rushing yards, the most ever by a Redskin signal caller. The rookie quarterback also added 182 passing yards with a 17-for-22 completion performance that included a touchdown and an interception.
But his two rushing touchdowns electrified the fans at FedEx Field, who cheered his every move after seeing their prize possession helped off the field Oct. 7 with a concussion.
Washington was able to get some pressure on the opposing quarterback, sacking Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder four times and picking him off twice, the last one a game-sealing interception by cornerback DeAngelo Hall.
Next, Washington will head north to square off against the National Football League (NFL) defending champion New York Giants Oct. 21, a team they beat twice in the 2011-2012 season.