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October 14, 2012

RG3 helps Washington shut door on Vikings



"We had an opportunity to really silence the crowd and change the Redskins' approach," coach Leslie Frazier said.

Didn't happen.

And that would really become a problem once the Redskins (3-3) got going, scoring the next 24 points in a row.

Griffin ran his option offense perfectly, to the tune of 138 yards rushing on 13 carries — including a 76-yard TD scamper on a key third-and-6 in the fourth quarter — and 17 of 22 for 182 yards and a TD throwing.

"Heck of a young player. He can throw the ball. He can run the ball," Frazier said. "Things break down, he can make plays."

Down 31-12 early in the fourth quarter, the Vikings did make the game more interesting, thanks to Christian Ponder's pair of TD tosses. But with the score 31-26, and Minnesota hoping to get the ball back, Griffin beat a Vikings blitz, found a seam to run through and wound up not only getting what would have been a key first down but going all the way to the end zone.

"Real critical play," Winfield said. "We needed to make that play. We didn't."

Time and time again, it was Griffin who made the difference.

"He's a gifted player. Like I told him, just talking to him, looking him in his eyes: He's got the heart of a champ. That's easy to see," said Peterson, who ran 17 times for 79 yards.

Peterson aggravated a twisted left ankle, and needed to leave the game briefly. Another key member of the offense, the do-everything Harvin, also appeared to have leg issues at times, but ended up with 11 catches for 133 yards.

Like Peterson, he did not score.

"That's something we have to go back to the drawing board, be a little better in the red zone," Harvin said. "Very disappointing."

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