The Washington Redskins held on to a 28-3 halftime lead, beating the Dallas Cowboys 38-31 for their first Thanksgiving Day victory in Dallas and improve their record to 5-6.
“I’m really proud of our football team,” Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. “We had to make some plays on that last drive.”
Quarterback Robert Griffin III threw his second straight four touchdown game while ending up with 311 yards in the air and rushing for 29.
“I think he learns every game,” Shanahan said about Griffin III. “He’s very tough on himself.”
Griffin III did throw one interception, which was only his fourth of the season.
“I couldn’t have had a better homecoming, or as my dad says, ‘a business trip’,” Griffin III said.
Alfred Morris ran for 113 yards and a touchdown in another solid effort on the ground.
Kai Forbath, the rookie kicker, kicked a 48-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter that pretty much clinched it for the Redskins.
“Everybody’s got a job to do,” Shanahan said about Forbath.
Forbath is now 10-for-10 on the season.
Robert Griffin III said Forbath “saved our season”.
Pierre Garçon, who is still suffering from a toe injury, had his first touchdown since week one on a 59-yard catch and run and ended up with five catches for 59 yards.
“Pierre’s impressed me since he’s been here,” Shanahan said. “Our job is to try to get the ball in his hands as much as we can.”
Aldrick Robinson and Santana Moss each had touchdown receptions for the second week in a row. Niles Paul also had his first career touchdown reception.
“If they ball out like that, we can’t be stopped,” Griffin III said about his receivers.
DeAngelo Hall had a big game with an interception for the second week in a row and he helped end the game when he recovered an onside kick with seconds remaining and downed it at the one-yard line so they could kneel on the ball and let the clock run out.
“We knew we had a chance to be a good team,” Hall said. “We’re starting to pay attention to detail.”
Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander summed up the afternoon perfectly, “Y’all thought we were left for dead. We always thought that we still had an outside shot.”
Listen here to what Mike Shanahan, Robert Griffin III, Santana Moss, Pierre Garçon, Alfred Morris, DeAngelo Hall, Aldrick Robinson, Niles Paul, Trent Williams, London Fletcher, Madieu Williams, Kai Forbath, Lorenzo Alexander, Kory Lichtensteiger & Cedric Griffin had to say following the win.
Mike Shanahan Postgame Audio
Robert Griffin III Postgame Audio
Santana Moss Postgame Audio
Pierre Garçon Postgame Audio
Alfred Morris Postgame Audio
DeAngelo Hall Postgame Audio
Aldrick Robinson Postgame Audio
Niles Paul Postgame Audio
Trent Williams Postgame Audio
London Fletcher Postgame Audio
Madieu Williams Postgame Audio
Kai Forbath Postgame Audio
Lorenzo Alexander Postgame Audio
Kory Lichtensteiger Postgame Audio
Cedric Griffin Postgame Audio