Redskins 38

(5-6, 3-3 away)

Cowboys 31

(5-6, 2-3 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:25 PM ET, November 22, 2012

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 0 28 0 1038
DAL 3 0 10 1831

Top Performers

Passing: T. Romo (DAL) - 441 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: A. Morris (WSH) - 24 CAR, 113 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Bryant (DAL) - 8 REC, 145 YDS, 2 TD

Robert Griffin III passes for 311 yards, 4 TDs in Redskins' win

Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Robert Griffin III raised his fists, took a knee for a quick prayer, jumped up and pointed to the sky.

That's the routine on touchdown passes for the Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor, and he got to do it four times in his impressive return to Texas.

Griffin III threw for 311 yards and Washington built a huge halftime lead against Dallas before holding on for a 38-31 victory that conjured memories for some of the rallies that helped make Cowboys vs. Redskins on Thanksgiving famous.

"He's kind of like 'Cool Hand Luke,' " Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. "He doesn't get too upset about anything."

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 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 calmly 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.

"Anytime you have a guy like him, you never worry about him," said Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who set up a first-half score with an interception. "You worry about the guys around him being able to keep up with the pace."

Romo lost for the first time in six starts on Thanksgiving, despite a career-high 441 yards and three second-half touchdowns. After the long TD to Bryant, who matched his career high from last week with 145 yards receiving, Romo ran in a 2-point conversion after a TD throw to Felix Jones and threw another scoring pass to Bryant to help Dallas close to 35-28 with 8:24 remaining.

"I thought we had a good chance," said Romo, who tied a career high with 62 pass attempts.

Griffin responded by completing three passes for first downs, including one on third-and-1 near midfield -- and the Redskins ran nearly 5½ minutes off the clock before Kai Forbath's 48-yard field goal with 3:03 remaining.

"I told the guys that was probably the drive that saved our season," Griffin said. "You have a huge lead, the other team's roaring back, they have all the momentum, and then you go out there and you convert third down after third down after third down and get in field-goal range."

Dallas drove to a field goal with 23 seconds left, but Hall easily picked up the onside kick and ran untouched before sliding down short of the goal line, clinching Romo's third loss in three career 400-yard games. It also was the Cowboys' first loss to the Redskins in seven games on Thanksgiving.

"That quarterback is obviously a very good player, and they use him well," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said of Griffin. "It was challenging for us to slow those guys down. We didn't do enough offensively to keep up with them in the first half."

The Cowboys (5-6) actually contained Griffin in the first quarter, getting a sack and forcing an intentional grounding penalty that gave them good enough field position for an easy drive to a 3-0 lead.

Everything changed on Griffin's first big NFL play in Texas. He hit Aldrick Robinson in stride for a 68-yard touchdown and a 7-3 lead to spark the first 28-point quarter in 13 years for the Redskins (5-6).

Griffin's next big throw wasn't nearly as accurate, but Garcon somehow came down with it and outran the Dallas defense the final 45 yards on a 59-yard score for a 21-3 lead.

"As Pierre is running on his long touchdown, and I was like, 'Man, that was a great catch,' " Griffin said. "I had to throw it to only that spot, and you don't see many guys make catches like that."

Romo's first interception in four games gave the Redskins a chance to get one more score before halftime when Hall returned it to the Dallas 33 with 30 seconds left. Out of timeouts at the Dallas 6 with 10 seconds left, the Redskins trusted Griffin to try to get a touchdown, and Moss kept both feet in while falling out of bounds for a 28-3 lead with 5 seconds left.

Griffin completed 12 straight passes from the middle of the first quarter to the middle of the third and finished 20 of 28.

It was hard to tell with his final numbers, but the Cowboys did manage to put some pressure on Griffin. They sacked him four times, forced him to sprint out of the pocket a number of times and delivered hard hits after several throws.

The Dallas offense, playing most of the game without Miles Austin after he injured a hip early, never could answer in the decisive second quarter. The Cowboys had only two first downs while the Redskins were scoring four touchdowns.

The Cowboys' best possession came right after Griffin's first big play, but Bryant fumbled in the open field at the end of what would have been a first-down catch. DeJon Gomes returned the fumble to the Dallas 49, and Alfred Morris scored from the 1 for a 14-3 lead. Morris had 113 yards on 24 carries.

Game notes

Redskins LB London Fletcher, who also had an interception, extended his consecutive games streak to 235 and made his 190th straight start. He left the game later after re-injuring the ankle that put his streak in jeopardy. ... With Morris' 100-yard day, the last 10 such games for the Redskins have been by rookies.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2222
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6275
Total Yards437458
Yards per play7.06.1
Total Drives1313
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-00-0
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

dalFG9:27Dan Bailey 30 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 37 yds, 4:40
wshTD13:57Aldrick Robinson 68 Yard Pass From Robert Griffin (Kai Forbath Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 93 yds, 2:57
wshTD7:03Alfred Morris 1 Yard Run (Kai Forbath Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 49 yds, 3:37
wshTD2:25Pierre Garcon 59 Yard Pass From Robert Griffin (Kai Forbath Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 71 yds, 3:01
wshTD0:10Santana Moss 6 Yard Pass From Robert Griffin (Kai Forbath Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 33 yds, 0:25
dalFG11:53Dan Bailey 33 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 65 yds, 3:12
dalTD1:38Dez Bryant 85 Yard Pass From Tony Romo (Dan Bailey Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 85 yds, 0:00
wshTD12:57Niles Paul 29 Yard Pass From Robert Griffin (Kai Forbath Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 82 yds, 3:36
dalTD10:01Felix Jones 10 Yard Pass From Tony Romo (Tony Romo Run For Two-Point Conversion is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 88 yds, 2:54
dalTD8:24Dez Bryant 11 Yard Pass From Tony Romo (Dan Bailey Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 18 yds, 0:41
wshFG3:03Kai Forbath 48 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 50 yds, 5:20
dalFG0:23Dan Bailey 51 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 13 plays, 46 yds, 2:40

Research Notes

Dez Bryant finished with eight catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns, marking his third straight game with a touchdown catch. Tony Romo's 85-yard TD pass to Dez Bryant in the third quarter was not only the longest play of both their careers but was Dallas' longest pass play since Jan. 2, 2000, when Troy Aikman connected with Jason Tucker for a 90-yard touchdown. Bryant has come alive for the Cowboys in the last three games.
Tony Romo tied a career high with 62 pass attempts on Thursday, equaling his total in a 29-24 Week 8 loss to the Giants. The Cowboys dropped back to pass on 64-of-73 plays from scrimmage (87.7 percent) excluding spikes and kneel downs, the second-highest percentage of any team in the Total QBR era (start of 2008). The Cowboys are 4-1 in the five games they've reached 20 designed rushes this season (1-5 when rushing less than 20 times). Seven of Dallas' first 20 plays were rushes, but after the Cowboys fell behind 14-3, 51 of the final 53 plays from scrimmage were dropbacks.
Robert Griffin III torched the Cowboys when they sent five or more pass rushers Thursday, completing 6-of-7 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns. Griffin's performance tripled Dallas' average yards per attempt entering Thursday.
From Elias: The Redskins scored 4 TDs in the 2nd quarter against the Cowboys Thursday. It was just the 4th time in regular season franchise history the 'Skins reached the end zone 4 times in a single quarter. They won each of those games.
The Cowboys were hoping some of these streaks would be leftovers, but the Redskins ate 'em all up... Tony Romo breaks a streak of 14 straight November home wins, also suffering his first Turkey Day loss. Dallas was 6-0 against the Redkins on Thanksgiving, that's over. And it was the 1st time a rookie got in the way of the Cowboys Thanksgiving celebrations. They had been 3-0 against fresh meat.
Tony Romo's 85-yard TD pass to Dez Bryant is the Cowboys' longest pass play since the 1999 season -- a Troy Aikman-to-Jason Tucker 90-yard TD pass on Jan. 2, 2000. That 85-yard TD pass is the longest pass of Tony Romo's career and the longest catch of Dez Bryant's career.

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