Griffin, Redskins defeat Giants
BY AP Wire Service
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
12/04/12 at 5:59 AM
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Robert Griffin III threw for one touchdown and had a fumble turn into another score, and the Washington Redskins pulled within one game of the NFC East lead with a 17-16 win over the New York Giants on Monday night.
The Redskins improved to 6-6 with their third straight victory, tied with the Dallas Cowboys and on the heels of the Giants, who have lost three of four to fall to 7-5.
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.
Griffin lost the ball on one of his runs, but it flew into the arms of teammate Joshua Morgan, who ran it in for an early touchdown.
The Giants led 16-10 heading into the fourth quarter on the strength of Eli Manning's 4-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett and three field goals by Lawrence Tynes.
Manning's TD toss put New York ahead 10-7 with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the first half, capping a 13-play, 85-yard drive that lasted nearly 7 1/2 minutes and included conversions on third-and-10, second-and-16 and second-and-20.