NFL: Robert Griffin III guides the Washington Redskins to victory over the New York Giants
Last Updated: 04/12/12 11:41am
Robert Griffin III: Set an NFL record for rushing yards by a rookie quarterback
The Washington Redskins remained in the hunt for the NFC East title with a 17-16 victory over the New York Giants on Monday.
The Redskins moved to 6-6 to tie with the Dallas Cowboys and just behind the Giants, who dropped to 7-5.
Robert Griffin III broke Cam Newton's NFL record for rushing yards by a rookie quarterback with 72, while completed 13-of-21 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown.
Luck was also on Griffin's side as his fumble led to the opening touchdown. Griffin had lost possession when rushing but Josh Morgan recovered the ball and ran in from 13 yards.
Griffin also connected with Pierre Garcon with an eight-yard touchdown in the final quarter to seal the win.
Garcon had eight receptions for 106 yards in total, while Alfred Morris became the second Redskins rookie to run for 1,000 yards as he racked up 124 yards on 22 carries.
"We know that our backs are against the wall," said Griffin. "Even though we won tonight, our backs are still against the wall. That's the attitude we have to have.
"The guys in our locker room know how hard we've worked. We started the season 3-6 and now we're where we're at because of that hard work."
For the Cowboys, Lawrence Tynes landed field goals 39, 40 and 35 yards while Martellus Bennett scored their only touchdown.
Eli Manning completed 20-of-33 passes for 280 yards and Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 103 yards on 24 carries.
The Giants had won 26 matches in a row when leading at the break on the road, but they despite holding a 13-10 advantage they failed to close out the job.