Griffin rises as Redskins tame Bears in a shootout

Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:07pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

LANDOVER, Maryland (Reuters) - Robert Griffin III was his old dynamic self and Roy Helu Jr. rumbled for three touchdowns as the Washington Redskins rallied for a dramatic 45-41 shootout win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

The 83,147 fans crammed into FedEx Field put the controversy swirling around the team's name aside on a perfect autumn afternoon and were in full voice singing the team song "Hail to Redskins" loud and proud as Washington posted its first home win of the season.

It was just the second victory of the season for the struggling Redskins (2-4) but in the whacky NFC East they are still in the thick of the chase for a division crown behind the front-running Dallas Cowboys (4-2)- the only team in the division with a winning record.

Griffin, who set the NFL alight last year during a spectacular rookie season, had shown only flashes of the form that earned him rookie of the year honors as he continued his recovery from off-season knee surgery.

But the Washington quarterback was back at his brilliant best on Sunday passing for 298 yards, two touchdowns and engineering a late game-winning, 80-yard scoring drive capped by Helu diving over for a three-yard touchdown with just 45 seconds left to play.

"I had a feeling about this game," Griffin told reporters. "I talked to the guys before the game about having a breakthough.

"Had to win a shootout. That's what the team talked about if that's what it takes, that's what we have to do.

"As an offense you can always get better. There were plays out there we could have executed better but we won the game."   Continued...

Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) scrambles to avoid the tackle by Chicago Bears defensive end Shea McClellin (99) during the second half at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports