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Monday Morning Water Cooler: Redskins Stuff Cowboys For 38-31 Thanksgiving Win

11.26.2012 / Blog Posts Redskins

Andrew Walker

The Washington Redskins gave their fans plenty for which to be thankful over the past few days.

Washington went into Dallas on Thursday and defeated its rival Cowboys 38-31 in a nationally-televised, Thanksgiving Day game. It was the second straight win for the Redskins (5-6), who are still in the hunt for a playoff spot as the season winds down.

The first half of Thursday’s game against the Cowboys (5-6) couldn’t have gone much better. Dallas turned the ball over two times – a lost fumble and an interception – and the Washington offense was clicking on all cylinders, as quarterback Robert Griffin III was slinging the ball all over the field and running back Alfred Morris was slicing up the Cowboys’ defensive front.

The first of those huge plays by the Redskins’ offense was a 68-yard touchdown pass from Griffin III to speedy wide receiver Aldrick Robinson. In the second quarter with Washington trailing Dallas 3-0, the Redskins lined up in the pistol formation with 13:57 left in the half.

Griffin III faked a handoff to Morris – who had a 10-yard run the play before – which froze the linebackers who would’ve been covering the receivers deep down the field. In the meantime, the Dallas safeties – the last line of defense for a long pass – were also tricked by the fake handoff – and Robinson sprinted right by them.

All Griffin III had to do was deliver a deep pass Robinson’s way, which he did, and the receiver did the rest from there. The 68-yard touchdown play was the first of four unanswered touchdowns for the Redskins in the quarter, and Washington took a 28-3 lead going into halftime.

Dallas wouldn't go down without a fight in the second half, however, and outscored the Redskins 28-10 in the final two quarters. But a fourth-quarter touchdown pass from Griffin III to tight end Niles Paul – Paul’s first-career touchdown – and a clutch field goal by kicker Kai Forbath sealed the big victory for Washington.

The Redskins find themselves playing yet another huge game with possible playoff implications next Monday. The NFC East Division-leading New York Giants come to FedExField for a Monday Night Football battle. You might remember the Giants needed a last-second touchdown pass to defeat the Redskins earlier this season, so you can bet Washington is looking for sweet redemption. 

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