NFL Game Summary - Washington at Dallas|
(Thursday, November 22nd)
Final Score: Washington 38, Dallas 31
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Robert Griffin III threw for 311 yards and
four touchdowns in his first Thanksgiving Day game, as the Washington Redskins
held off the Dallas Cowboys, 38-31, on Thursday in an NFC East clash at
Griffin, who fired four touchdown passes in Sunday's victory over
Philadelphia, finished 20-of-28 with one interception, becoming the first
Washington quarterback to throw four TD passes in consecutive games.
"I couldn't have had a better homecoming, or as my dad would say, business
trip," Griffin remarked of his first pro start in Texas where he made his name
as a high school and college star.
Alfred Morris carried the ball 24 times for 113 yards and a score as the
Redskins (5-6) snapped a three-game losing streak against the Cowboys.
Tony Romo threw for 441 yards on 37-of-62 passing with three touchdowns and
two interceptions in the setback. The Dallas signal-caller had been undefeated
in his previous five starts on Thanksgiving Day.
Dez Bryant hauled in eight passes for 145 yards and a pair of scores for the
Cowboys (5-6), who had won their last two games.
"We didn't do enough on offense to keep up with them in the first half,"
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said of his team's slow start. "I thought our team
responded well in the second half to get us back in the ballgame and make it a
one-score game, but ultimately it wasn't enough to beat this team."
Dallas struck first on its opening touch of the game, as Dan Bailey nailed a
30-yard field goal, but the Redskins scored 28 unanswered points in the second
quarter to build a comfortable advantage.
After the team's exchanged punts following Bailey's field goal, Griffin used a
deep strike to give the Redskins the lead, as he faked a handoff and uncorked
a deep ball for Aldrick Robinson, who got behind the secondary and hauled in
the 68-yard TD to make it 7-3 two minutes into the second stanza.
The Cowboys seemed poised to answer on their next touch after Romo converted a
3rd-and-2 with an 11-yard toss to Bryant, but the third-year wideout fumbled
at the Washington 38 and DeJon Gomes returned it to the Dallas 49 to set up
Washington's next score.
Griffin kept the ensuing series alive with a 9-yard toss to Santana Moss on
3rd-and-2, and after a pass interference penalty in the end zone placed the
ball at the 1-yard line, Morris surged into the end zone, capping the 6-play,
After a three-and-out from the Cowboys, the Redskins used another quick strike
from Griffin to build a 21-3 advantage.
Griffin kept the series going with an 8-yard pass to Brandon Banks on 3rd-
and-4 and two plays later, fired a strike over the middle for Pierre Garcon,
who snatched the ball out of the air and outran the defense for a 59-yard
touchdown to make it a three-score game late in the second half.
The Cowboys tried to put some points on the board before halftime, but Romo
was intercepted by DeAngelo Hall at the Washington 40 and Hall returned it 27
Morris ripped off a 16-yard run down to the Dallas six on the third play of
the ensuing touch and with five seconds left, Griffin rolled right and found
Moss in the right side of the end zone and he tapped his toes along the
sideline while making the grab, sending the Redskins into the locker room
holding a 28-3 advantage.
Dallas' opening drive of the second half resulted in a 33-yard field goal from
Bailey, but neither team managed much over the rest of the quarter until Romo
used the longest play of his career to keep his squad stay in the game.
Following a three-and-out from the Redskins late in the third, Romo found
Bryant across the middle on the first play of the ensuing trek. Bryant caught
the pass and turned up the sideline before outrunning the defense for an 85-
yard TD to bring Dallas within 28-13 with 1:24 left in the fourth.
But Washington quickly distanced themselves as Griffin completed all four
passes on a 7-play, 82-yard march, including a 29-yard touchdown toss to Niles
Paul, who was wide open thanks to a beautiful play fake from Griffin.
Dallas wouldn't go away, however, as Romo completed his first three passes of
the ensuing possession to move the Cowboys to the Washington 26.
Cole Beasley's 12-yard reception moved the Cowboys to the Washington 14, and
on 3rd-and-6, Romo found Felix Jones leaking out of the backfield and Jones
crossed the goal line for a 10-yard touchdown.
Romo then dove across the goal line for the two-point conversion to bring
Dallas within 35-21 with 9:54 remaining.
The Cowboys quickly got the ball back on the second play of Washington's
ensuing touch when Griffin overthrew Josh Morgan across the middle. Charlie
Peprah made a diving interception and returned it 27 yards to the Washington
After back-to-back incompletions forced the Cowboys into a 4th-and-3 from the
Washington 11, Romo threw a back-shoulder fade to Bryant, who hauled in the
11-yard score to make it a 35-28 margin with 8:18 left in the fourth.
Washington was able to hold Dallas at bay, though, as Griffin and Morris led
the Redskins on a methodical 11-play, 50-yard drive, which chewed up over five
minutes of clock and was capped by Kai Forbath's 48-yard field goal to make it
a two-score game with less than three minutes remaining.
Romo quickly moved the Cowboys into scoring range, but a spike and back-to-
back incompletions forced a fourth down, and Dallas elected for a 51-yard
field goal, which Bailey buried to make it 38-31 with 18 seconds left.
Dallas attempted an onside kick, but Hall snagged the ball and returned it 43
yards before sliding at the 2-yard line. Griffin then came out for one final
kneel down to seal the victory.
The Redskins' last win on Thanksgiving Day came in 1973, when George Allen's
Redskins defeated the Detroit Lions, 20-0, at Tiger Stadium ... Washington's
28-point second quarter was the most in a single quarter since scoring 28
against Carolina on Oct. 3, 1999 ... The Cowboys had won all six meetings
between the teams on Thanksgiving ... Dallas dropped to 28-16-1 on
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