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Washington Redskins Capture NFC East in Record-Breaking Performance

The Washington Redskins' rookie combination. QB Robert Griffin III and RB Alfred Morris are truly a duel threat on offense.
The Washington Redskins' rookie combination. QB Robert Griffin III and RB Alfred Morris are truly a duel threat on offense.Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
John BibbAnalyst IIIDecember 31, 2012

Washington Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris led the team with 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns as the 'Skins defeated the Dallas Cowboys 28-18 to clinch their first NFC East title since 1999. It will be the team's first playoff game in six years.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III was held without a touchdown pass for the first time since Nov. 4. He finished 9-of-18 for 100 yards while rushing six times for 63 yards and his first rushing TD in nine games.

The true hero was rookie RB Morris, who set the Redskins' single-season rushing record. He finished the 2012 season with 1,613 yards and averaged 126 rushing yards per game in the Redskins' five wins in December 2012.

The Redskins host the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs—the same opponent in their last playoff game in 2006 where the Seahawks prevailed 20-10.

Entering the playoffs, the 'Skins have an NFC division-best seven-game winning streak and finished the regular season 10-6. 

Despite Cowboys QB Tony Romo throwing two interceptions in the team's first two drives, the Redskins did not score until midway through the second quarter on a 17-yard Morris dash through the Cowboys line to tie the game 7-7 at halftime.

Morris was the true workhorse for the 'Skins in the second half, accounting for 100-plus rushing yards and two additional TDs. Quarterback RGIII also had a 10-yard rushing TD which gave the 'Skins their first lead with just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter. 

The first penalty of the game wasn't called until midway through the fourth quarter—a rarity for the 'Skins and Cowboys. They are two of the most-penalized teams in the NFL.

The Cowboys were within a field goal after a fourth-quarter TD pass and two-point conversion made the score 21-18.

In what would be their final drive, the 'Skins were given a break. On 3rd-and-7 from the Dallas 12-yard line and an incomplete pass to WR Pierre Garçon, the Cowboys were called for roughing the passer.  

This allowed the drive to continue with a first down. It led to Morris' third rushing TD from the Cowboys 1-yard line, extending the Redskins lead 28-18.

With the win, the Redskins have their best overall record (10-6) and best division record (5-1) since 2005.

The team also recorded their sixth game without a turnover, had the fewest turnovers for an entire season (14) and the most rushing yards in a single season (2,709)—all of which are new franchise records.  

Up Next: The NFC East champion Washington Redskins host the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Jan. 6 at 4:30 p.m. ET on Fox. 

 

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