NFL roundup: Griffin shines in prime time – Dubuque Telegraph Herald

NFL roundup: Griffin shines in prime time - Dubuque Telegraph Herald

Robert Griffin III raised his fists, took a knee for a quick prayer,
jumped up and pointed to the sky.

That’s the routine on touchdown passes for the Heisman Trophy winner
from Baylor, and he got to do it four times in his impressive return
to Texas.

Griffin threw for 311 yards and Washington built a huge halftime lead
against Dallas before holding on for a 38-31 victory that conjured
memories for some of a rally that helped make Cowboys vs. Redskins on
Thanksgiving famous.

“He’s kind of like ‘Cool Hand Luke,'” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan
said. “He doesn’t get too upset about anything.”

Griffin made the Cowboys look like an overmatched college team in the
second quarter, throwing for three scores in Washington’s first
28-point quarter in 13 years as the Redskins (5-6) built a 28-3
halftime lead.

After Tony Romo threw the longest touchdown of his career — an
85-yarder to Dez Bryant late in the third — Griffin answered by
becoming the first Redskins quarterback with four touchdown passes in
consecutive games.

And finally, when the Cowboys got within a touchdown and really had
people thinking back to Clint Longley’s miracle TD to Drew Pearson in
the final seconds of a one-point Dallas victory over Washington on
Thanksgiving in 1974, Griffin calmly led the Redskins on a
clock-killing drive to a field goal and a 38-28 lead in his first pro
game in Texas since his sparkling run at Baylor.

“Anytime you have a guy like him, you never worry about him,” said
Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who set up a first-half score
with an interception. “You worry about the guys around him being able
to keep up with the pace.”

Romo lost for the first time in six starts on Thanksgiving, despite a
career-high 441 yards and three second-half touchdowns. After the long
TD to Bryant, who matched his career high from last week with 145
yards receiving, Romo ran in a 2-point conversion after a TD throw to
Felix Jones and threw another scoring pass to Bryant to help Dallas
close to 35-28 with 8:24 remaining.

Texans 34, Lions 31 (OT) — At Detroit: Shayne Graham’s 32-yard field
goal with 2:21 left overtime lifted Houston after Lions coach Jim
Schwartz broke an NFL rule on a scoring play.

Schwartz threw a challenge flag when Houston’s Justin Forsett scored
on an 81-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Replays showed
Forsett was down near midfield, but Schwartz negated the automatic
review by challenging the play and was called for unsportsmanlike
conduct. The long run got Houston within three.

Arian Foster ran for 102 yards and two scores for the Texans,
including a 1-yard run with 1:55 left in the fourth quarter that tied
it at 31.

Patriots 49, Jets 19 — At East Rutherford, N.J.: Tom Brady threw
three touchdown passes and ran for a score as New England embarrassed
New York with a 35-point second quarter. New England scored four
touchdowns in just over 6 minutes — including three in a 52-second

Julian Edelman returned a fumble for a touchdown and caught a 56-yard
pass for a score before leaving with a head injury. Shane Vereen
caught an 83-yard scoring pass, Steve Gregory had a 32-yard fumble
return for a TD, Stevan Ridley had a 9-yard run and Wes Welker had a
3-yard scoring grab.

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