WASHINGTON, D.C. –Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins nearly upset the New York Giants in late October before a late touchdown allowed the defending Super Bowl champions to escape. But with a shot at revenge on a Monday night nationally-televised stage, the surprising Redskins (6-6) took full advantage in a 17-16 win over the Giants on Dec. 3 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

Griffin was his usual spectacular self, totaling 235 yards, 72 of which came on the ground and broke Cam Newton’s record of rush yards from a rookie signal caller. But it was his arm that gave Washington the final lead of the game when he found receiver Pierre Garcon early in the fourth quarter from eight yards out.

It was also the Redskins other rookie, Alfred Morris, who had one of the game’s biggest plays when he wiggled free on a third-and-three to pick up a pivotal first down, allowing Washington to milk the clock with less than two minutes remaining. Chants of “RG3” cascaded from the FedEx Field seats yet again as the Redskins broke a 10-game Monday Night Football home losing streak and dropped the struggling Giants to 7-5.

With four games left to play, Washington is right in the thick of the hunt for a playoff spot with their top overall selection of the 2012 NFL Draft leading the way.
Washington will host the Baltimore Ravens (9-3) next Dec. 9 at FedEx Field. 

Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO