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October 15, 2012

RG3 ran smarter, but aggressive for Redskins in Vikings game


During one stretch, Griffin ran on six consecutive Redskins offensive plays, including a 7-yard score. He has six rushing touchdowns on the year, already surpassing the previous single-season franchise record of four.

And he's just six games into his career.

The win broke an eight-game home losing streak for Washington (3-3). The Redskins fell behind 9-0 early after being outgained 148-7, then responded with 24 straight points during a stretch in which they outgained the Vikings 225-14.

Minnesota made a game of it with two fourth-quarter touchdowns and was starting to use its timeouts, hoping to get the ball back, when Griffin faced third-and-6 at his own 24 with just under 3 minutes to play.

Griffin dropped back to pass and saw an open lane. The Redskins needed a first down to keep eating up the clock. RG3 gave them more.

"I took off running and got to the sideline, thought about running out of bounds — because everyone's been telling me that lately," he said with a big smile. "And I felt like I had the guy outflanked, and then I just took off running. And the rest is history."

Griffin didn't stop until he took a seat on the front row, performing what is quickly becoming known as the "Landover Leap."

"When Robert gets in top gear, it's like watching a track meet," receiver Santana Moss said. "And he ain't coming in second."

He also drew two penalties in the game, one on a horse collar tackle and another for roughing-the-passer, although the roughing call was perhaps aided by the acting skills Griffin has acquired from doing commercials. The official didn't throw the flag for Erin Henderson's slight shove until Griffin was on the ground making an appeal.

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