"He hit me good," said Griffin, laughing his way through the description. "Come on, man. It wasn't like a basketball flop. I sold it pretty well. I mean, the ball was clearly gone, guys. It was a great job of me and the ref being on the same page."
The Vikings (4-2) had their three-game losing streak snapped, paying the price for promising possessions that fell four points short. Drives that got inside the 10 yielded field goals of 20, 27 and 27 yards in the first quarter.
"We had a chance to go up 21-nothing," receiver Percy Harvin pointed out, "and we didn't do that."
That's a big mistake, especially when Griffin is the other team's quarterback.
"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," said Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who ran 17 times for 79 yards. "That's easy to see."
NOTES: Minnesota's Christian Ponder went 35 for 52 for 352 yards with two TDs and two interceptions. He was also credited with a lost fumble when the ball slipped out of his hand to linebacker Lorenzo Alexander. ... Former Vikings safety Madieu Williams returned an interception 24 yards for Washington's fourth defensive touchdown of the year. The Redskins scored only 43 points off turnovers last year; they already have 49 this year. ... K Kai Forbath, making his Redskins debut, made a 50-yarder in his only FG attempt. ... Redskins S Jordan Pugh left the fourth quarter twice with a head injury. The Redskins say he was cleared to return after the first injury, then was diagnosed with a concussion after the second one.