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                   === Griffin, Redskins hold off Cowboys ===
 
 Arlington,  TX  (Sports Network) - Robert  Griffin III threw for 311 yards and
 four touchdowns in his first Thanksgiving Day game, as the Washington Redskins
 held  off the  Dallas Cowboys,  38-31, on  Thursday in  an NFC  East clash  at
 Cowboys Stadium.
 
 Griffin,   who   fired  four   touchdown  passes   in  Sunday's  victory  over
 Philadelphia,  finished 20-of-28  with  one interception,  becoming the  first
 Washington quarterback to throw four TD passes in consecutive games.
 
 "I  couldn't  have had a  better homecoming, or as  my dad would say, business
 trip," Griffin remarked of his first pro start in Texas where he made his name
 as a high school and college star.
 
 Alfred  Morris  carried the  ball 24  times for 113  yards and  a score as the
 Redskins (5-6) snapped a three-game losing streak against the Cowboys.
 
 Tony  Romo  threw for 441 yards  on 37-of-62 passing with three touchdowns and
 two interceptions in the setback. The Dallas signal-caller had been undefeated
 in his previous five starts on Thanksgiving Day.
 
 Dez  Bryant hauled in  eight passes for 145 yards and a pair of scores for the
 Cowboys (5-6), who had won their last two games.
 
 "We  didn't  do enough  on offense  to keep up  with them  in the first half,"
 Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said of his team's slow start. "I thought our team
 responded well in the second half to get us back in the ballgame and make it a
 one-score game, but ultimately it wasn't enough to beat this team."
 
 Dallas  struck first on  its opening touch of the game, as Dan Bailey nailed a
 30-yard field goal, but the Redskins scored 28 unanswered points in the second
 quarter to build a comfortable advantage.
 
 After the team's exchanged punts following Bailey's field goal, Griffin used a
 deep  strike to give the Redskins the lead, as he faked a handoff and uncorked
 a  deep ball for  Aldrick Robinson, who got behind the secondary and hauled in
 the 68-yard TD to make it 7-3 two minutes into the second stanza.
 
 The Cowboys seemed poised to answer on their next touch after Romo converted a
 3rd-and-2  with an  11-yard toss to Bryant, but the third-year wideout fumbled
 at  the Washington  38 and DeJon Gomes returned  it to the Dallas 49 to set up
 Washington's next score.
 
 Griffin  kept the  ensuing series alive with  a 9-yard toss to Santana Moss on
 3rd-and-2,  and  after a pass interference  penalty in the end zone placed the
 ball  at the 1-yard line, Morris surged into the end zone, capping the 6-play,
 49-yard drive.
 
 After a three-and-out from the Cowboys, the Redskins used another quick strike
 from Griffin to build a 21-3 advantage.
 
 Griffin  kept  the series going  with an 8-yard pass  to Brandon Banks on 3rd-
 and-4  and two plays  later, fired a strike over the middle for Pierre Garcon,
 who  snatched  the ball out  of the  air and outran  the defense for a 59-yard
 touchdown to make it a three-score game late in the second half.
 
 The  Cowboys tried  to put some points  on the board before halftime, but Romo
 was  intercepted by DeAngelo Hall at the Washington 40 and Hall returned it 27
 yards.
 
 Morris  ripped off  a 16-yard run down to  the Dallas six on the third play of
 the  ensuing touch  and with five seconds left, Griffin rolled right and found
 Moss  in  the right  side of  the end  zone and  he tapped  his toes along the
 sideline  while  making the  grab, sending  the Redskins  into the locker room
 holding a 28-3 advantage.
 
 Dallas' opening drive of the second half resulted in a 33-yard field goal from
 Bailey,  but neither team managed much over the rest of the quarter until Romo
 used the longest play of his career to keep his squad stay in the game.
 
 Following  a  three-and-out from  the Redskins  late in  the third, Romo found
 Bryant  across the middle on the first play of the ensuing trek. Bryant caught
 the  pass and turned  up the sideline before outrunning the defense for an 85-
 yard TD to bring Dallas within 28-13 with 1:24 left in the fourth.
 
 But  Washington quickly  distanced themselves  as Griffin  completed all  four
 passes on a 7-play, 82-yard march, including a 29-yard touchdown toss to Niles
 Paul, who was wide open thanks to a beautiful play fake from Griffin.
 
 Dallas  wouldn't go away, however, as Romo completed his first three passes of
 the ensuing possession to move the Cowboys to the Washington 26.
 
 Cole  Beasley's 12-yard  reception moved the Cowboys to the Washington 14, and
 on  3rd-and-6,  Romo found Felix Jones  leaking out of the backfield and Jones
 crossed the goal line for a 10-yard touchdown.
 
 Romo  then  dove across  the goal  line for the  two-point conversion to bring
 Dallas within 35-21 with 9:54 remaining.
 
 The  Cowboys quickly  got the  ball back  on the  second play  of Washington's
 ensuing  touch  when Griffin overthrew  Josh Morgan across the middle. Charlie
 Peprah  made a  diving interception and returned it 27 yards to the Washington
 18.
 
 After  back-to-back incompletions forced the Cowboys into a 4th-and-3 from the
 Washington  11,  Romo threw a back-shoulder  fade to Bryant, who hauled in the
 11-yard score to make it a 35-28 margin with 8:18 left in the fourth.
 
 Washington  was able to  hold Dallas at bay, though, as Griffin and Morris led
 the Redskins on a methodical 11-play, 50-yard drive, which chewed up over five
 minutes of clock and was capped by Kai Forbath's 48-yard field goal to make it
 a two-score game with less than three minutes remaining.
 
 Romo  quickly  moved the Cowboys into  scoring range, but a spike and back-to-
 back  incompletions  forced a  fourth down,  and Dallas  elected for a 51-yard
 field goal, which Bailey buried to make it 38-31 with 18 seconds left.
 
 Dallas  attempted an onside kick, but Hall snagged the ball and returned it 43
 yards  before sliding at  the 2-yard line. Griffin then came out for one final
 kneel down to seal the victory.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Redskins' last  win on Thanksgiving Day came in 1973, when George Allen's
 Redskins  defeated the  Detroit Lions, 20-0, at Tiger Stadium ... Washington's
 28-point  second  quarter was  the most  in a single  quarter since scoring 28
 against  Carolina  on Oct.  3, 1999 ...  The Cowboys had  won all six meetings
 between   the  teams   on  Thanksgiving  ...  Dallas  dropped  to  28-16-1  on
 Thanksgiving Day.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 11/22 22:04:47 ET

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