Home Sports Originally published October 14, 2012

Griffin III, ‘Skins, Run Past Vikings

NFL Football – Washington Redskins

by Stephen D. Riley
Special to the AFRO

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    Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) breaks away for his 76-yard touchdown with Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Chad Greenway (52) defensive end Everson Griffen (97) nearby during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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WASHINGTON, D.C.--Just like that, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was off and running. One quick move in the pocket and he was gone.

A mind boggling 76 yards later, the Washington Redskins had a two-score lead and the game in the bag, breaking an eight-game home losing streak.

Griffin’s late score, with just over two minutes remaining, put the nail in the coffin and elevated the Redskins to a .500 record with a 38-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field on Oct. 14.

Griffin finished with a franchise record 138 rushing yards, the most ever by a Redskin signal caller. The rookie quarterback also added 182 passing yards with a 17-for-22 completion performance that included a touchdown and an interception.

But his two rushing touchdowns electrified the fans at FedEx Field, who cheered his every move after seeing their prize possession helped off the field Oct. 7 with a concussion.

Washington was able to get some pressure on the opposing quarterback, sacking Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder four times and picking him off twice, the last one a game-sealing interception by cornerback DeAngelo Hall.

Next, Washington will head north to square off against the National Football League (NFL) defending champion New York Giants Oct. 21, a team they beat twice in the 2011-2012 season.