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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Washington Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris rushed over 100 yards against New York.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Washington Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris rushed over 100 yards against New York.

Published on: Friday, December 07, 2012

By Brandy L. Simms

Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III showed the poise and leadership of an NFL veteran Monday night in guiding the Washington Redskins to a 17-16 victory over the New York Giants before a national television audience and 80,246 spectators at Landover’s FedEx Field.

Griffin completed 13-of-21 passes for 163 yards including the game-winning, eight-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon with 11:37 remaining in the fourth quarter to help the Redskins improve to 6-6 overall.

“I think stats don’t really matter,” Griffin said. “We won the game, and we made plays in crucial situations. The offensive line stepped up big when we needed them to. We won the game. We played more physical, and that was the key.”

Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris rushed for a career-high 124 yards on 22 carries. The performance marked Morris’s fifth 100-yard rushing game this season. He also set a new record for rushing yards by a Redskins rookie, surpassing Reggie Brooks who rushed for 1,063 yards during the 1993 season.

“It is huge, so much history here, and to be able to do that says a lot,” Morris said. “I am humbled that I was able to break that record. I am just more happy about the win though.”

The Redskins also became the first team in NFL history to have a rookie with 2,000 passing yards and a rookie with 1,000 rushing yards.

The Redskins are now 3-1 in NFC East play and hold a 6-4 record against NFC opponents this season. The franchise is in the midst of a three-game winning streak and remains one game behind the Giants in the race for the division title.

“We knew three weeks ago that every game we played was like a playoff game,” Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said. “We’re really proud of our football team — the way we focused, how hard we played, playing for 60 minutes. There are going to be some highs and lows in every game. I was just pleased with our guys fighting through it, keeping their poise and never giving up.”

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