AP Sports Writer

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) _ Robert Griffin III went down, the ball
popped out, and the Washington Redskins scored a touchdown.

Look out, New York Giants and the rest of the NFC East. If the
rookie quarterback keeps getting those kinds of breaks, it’ll be
hard to keep him out of the title hunt for years to come.

As it is, RG3 has the Redskins within a game of first place,
leading a fourth-quarter rally in a 17-16 Monday night victory over
the Giants, giving Washington a three-game winning streak in which
it has dispatched division rivals _ Philadelphia, Dallas and now
New York _ one by one.

Griffin completed 13 of 21 passes for 163 yards and ran five
times for 72 yards, breaking Cam Newton’s NFL record for yards
rushing by a rookie quarterback.

His top target again was Pierre Garcon, who had eight receptions
for 106 yards and a touchdown, showing no signs of the painful toe
injury that forced him to miss six of the season’s first nine

Alfred Morris ran for 124 yards on 22 carries, becoming the
second Redskins rookie to run for 1,000 yards. Reggie Brooks had
1,063 in 1993.

Washington also ended a 10-game home losing streak in Monday
night games, with Griffin again showing his knack for winning on a
big stage.

The Redskins (6-6) appeared out of the running at 3-6 a month
ago, but Washington is proving it can never be counted out when
Griffin is on the field.

With the Giants (7-5) losing three of four and the Cowboys (6-6)
also at .500, the division is up for grabs.

Eli Manning completed 20 of 33 passes for 280 yards and a
touchdown for the Giants, who had won 26 in a row on the road when
holding a halftime lead. They were ahead 13-10 at the break Monday
against the Redskins, but they failed to finish the job for the
first time since blowing a 21-0 halftime lead in a 24-21 loss to
Tennessee in 2006.

Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 103 yards on 24 carries, and Victor Cruz
had five catches for 104 yards for the Giants, who were
uncharacteristically penalty-prone, getting flagged nine times for
73 yards.

The Giants moved the ball well all game, but the drives produced
three field goals by Lawrence Tynes and only one touchdown _
Manning’s 4-yard pass to Martellus Bennett late in the first half.

The game’s final score was Griffin’s 8-yard pass to Garcon early
in the fourth quarter, but the Redskins’ first touchdown was one of
the evening’s crazy moments.

On second-and-2 from the New York 28, Griffin ran to his left
and was being tackled by Stevie Brown after what would have been a
12-yard gain.

But as Griffin fell with his back to the ground, the football
popped out, and went right on the fly to Washington receiver Joshua
Morgan 3 yards farther upfield. Morgan then ran 13 yards for the

Another fumble by the Redskins _ this one by Morris in the third
quarter _ was recovered by the Giants and set off mayhem. New York
defensive tackle Linval Joseph yanked at Redskins center Will
Montgomery’s leg. Montgomery kicked at Joseph in response, and
Joseph stomped at Montgomery. Joseph and a Redskins player were
whistled for offsetting unnecessary roughness penalties.

Giants safety Tyler Sash left in the first half with a hamstring
injury and eventually was ruled out for the game, and New York
right tackle Sean Locklear was carted off with an injury in the
fourth quarter.

Redskins linebacker London Fletcher and left tackle Trent
Williams, who were limited in practice by injuries Friday and
Saturday, both started. The 37-year-old Fletcher extended his
consecutive games streak to 236 _ every game in his 15-year NFL

Follow Joseph White on Twitter:
Online: and

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

More From CBS Connecticut

Watch CBSN Live
CBS Entertainment

Listen Live