Redskins edge Giants to continue playoff push

Tue Dec 4, 2012 12:47am EST
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By Steve Ginsburg

LANDOVER, Maryland (Reuters) - Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins continued their improbable push for the playoffs by edging the New York Giants 17-16 on Monday to reach the .500 mark and move into a tie for second place in the NFC East.

Griffin, the Redskins' sensational rookie quarterback, completed 13 of 21 passes for 163 yards and rushed for 72 yards on five carries to anchor Washington's third straight victory.

He hit Pierre Garcon with an eight-yard scoring strike with 11:31 left to give the Redskins a 17-16 lead and ignite the 80,246 at FedExField in an unseasonably warm evening in suburban Washington.

The Giants gained 117 more yards through the air than Washington and held a seven-minute advantage in time of possession but were hampered by nine penalties for 73 yards.

Washington rookie Alfred Morris had 124 yards on 22 carries as the Redskins had a 207-117 advantage in the ground game.

"You can just feel the atmosphere in this locker room," said Morris. "Our playoff hopes are still alive. We went out there and fought a hard game and came out victorious."

The win over the defending Super Bowl champions lifted Washington to 6-6 and into a tie for second place with Dallas in the NFC East, a game behind the Giants (7-5).

"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.   Continued...

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III throws against the New York Giants defense during the first half of their NFL football game in Landover, Maryland December 3, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron