The Washington Redskins were one of the most exciting draws during the 2012 season. With mounds of hype surrounding quarterback Robert Griffin III and the unknown factor that was Alfred Morris, excitement abound was in our Nation’s Capital.
No. 10 quickly transcended from lead man at Baylor to superstar in the NFL in minutes. 12 minutes to be exact via wide receiver Pierre Garcon’s 88-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown with the cameo debut of Griffining as the cherry on top.
Despite the fact that the Burgundy and Gold entered the bye week at 3-6 and dwelling at the cellar of the NFC East there was hope with seven games remaining, five of which were against NFC East foes.
While the Redskins 31-6 smackdown of the Eagles after the bye week was certainly unforgettable thanks to Griffin III’s perfect 158.3 quarterback rating, everyone waited in eager anticipation for their Turkey Day matchup with the Cowboys.
Insert the 20th best game of the 2012 season.
NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison has been rewinding footage from every game during the 2012 NFL season to recap the top-20 games from the year that was.
What better way to kick off the countdown than a Redskins victory over our biggest rivals—on national television too.
Dallas entered the game at 5-5 looking to go above .500 and within striking distance of the then first place Giants. Cowboys fans may have forgotten that Griffin III’s reign of terror began in the Lone Star State and the eventual AP Offensive Rookie of the Year was hungry to show off in his first homecoming.
Forget the first quarter of the game.
Yes Dallas would strike first but does anybody remember a three point quarter?
No, but they do remember a 28-point second quarter.
Robert Griffin III to Aldrick Robinson—touchdown. Alfred Morris comes in unnoticed with the Cowboys defense cemented to No. 10’s every move-touchdown. Robert Griffin III to Pierre Garcon-touchdown. And then just went you that you could catch a break in the onslaught and sneak out of the living room to grab a second serving of mashed potatoes-touchdown from the Cowboy killer himself, Santana Moss.
In total in took only 19 plays for the Redskins to blow open the floodgates in a one-sided quarter that was reminiscent of Super Bowl XXII were they tacked on 35 points in the second quarter.
Despite a 25 point halftime lead, the Cowboys did make it a game in the second half which is the sole reason why this game finds itself on Harrison’s list.
“Griffin put on a show for America that Thursday evening in November, and because of the huge national audience, there was a bit more oomph to his game in Dallas than the narrow loss to the Giants or the aforementioned win over Minnesota. But a strange thing happened during RG3’s national coming out party, and over-the-moon return to his home state of Texas. The Cowboys made a game of it.”
…Only to come up short.
Hail to the Redskins!
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