With chants of “RG3” behind him Robert Griffin III continued his storybook season on Monday night, as he threw for one touchdown and had a fumble turn into another score in the Redskins 17-16 win over division leading Giants.
The win means the Skins are now just a game back of New York in the NFC East with four games to play. This after a few weeks back coach Mike Shanahan declared the season over after a loss that put the team well out of the playoff race.
All Washington has done since then is win, lifting their record to .500 at 6-6. The Giants fall to 7-5 with the win.
Dallas is also very much in the NFC East race at 6-6, as they beat the slumping Eagles on Sunday night 38-33.
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 Redskins held the Giants in check in the second half, totally shutting down Eli Manning and holding the Giants offense to 3 points in the final 30 minutes.
Manning was 20-for-33 for 280 yards with a touchdown, but couldn’t mount a drive that could have given them a lead late in the game.