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Redskins-Giants: Just The 2012 Touchdowns


Continuing a review of the Redskins' 5-1 division record last season, today we highlight the season series split against the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants.

One season after Washington inexplicably swept the eventual NFC East Champions, the Redskins came into 2012 looking to play meaningful games against the Giants.

In what is quickly becoming a must-see grudge-match between the two division foes, Robert Griffin III led the Redskins to within two minutes of victory in New York, then secured a must-win victory on Monday Night Football.

Here's a look back at the four Redskins touchdowns against the G-Men in 2012, listed in chronological order.

1. Robert Griffin III To Santana Moss For 26 Yards

The Redskins scored all 23 points in the Week 7 Redskins-Giants matchup off the foot of kicker Kai Forbath and the sure hands of receiver Santana Moss.

Moss has played more career games against the New York Giants (17) than any other opponent, catching 1,048 career yards and a career-high 11 touchdowns.

He added to those numbers in the second quarter of the game in New York, catching a pass in the backfield and weaving his way untouched for the score:

2. Robert Griffin III To Santana Moss For 30 Yards

Late in the fourth quarter, the Redskins trailed 16-20 and looked to reload the magical two-minute drill the team executed for the win in Tampa Bay three weeks before.

With 1:37 remaining in regulation and the ball at the 30-yard line, the Redskins lined up in the shotgun on 2nd-and-6.

With Leonard Hankerson and Joshua Morgan split out wide, Santana Moss blew right past his defender in the slot and raced uncovered toward the goal line.

Robert Griffin III found Moss in stride for an over-the-shoulder catch that temporarily gave the Redskins a 23-16 lead:

3. Joshua Morgan Scores In Improbable Fashion

In Week 13, the Redskins hosted the New York Giants on Monday Night Football with revenge in mind.

The Week 7 contest ended in heartbreaking fashion with the Redskins offense leading a dramatic fourth quarter comeback only to watch the defense yield a 77-yard touchdown on the ensuing drive.

Since then, the Redskins had gone 2-2 and were looking to make an improbable seven-game run to the playoffs.

They started off by scoring a combined 69 points in consecutive victories over the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, but would need just 17 to shut the Giants down at home.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III threw his third-fewest pass attempts as a pro, but completed 13-of-21 for 163 yards and a touchdown.

He also averaged nearly 15 yards per carry on the ground, which set up an improbable touchdown to put the Redskins on the board in the first quarter.

Trailing 3-0, the Redskins committed to the running game, sending Alfred Morris up the middle for consecutive first downs.  With 1st-and-10 from the Giants' 29-yard line, Griffin III faked the handoff and called the keeper, rolling around the left side of the line.

Following blocks by fullback Darrel Young, Griffin III got the ball down to the 13-yard line, where he was drilled by a Giants defender and lost control of the football. 

The ball popped into the air, and into the outstretched hands of receiver Joshua Morgan, who had sealed off the cornerback to allow Griffin III to turn upfield.

Following a final block by tight end Logan Paulsen, Morgan scampered the final 13 yards for his first Redskins touchdown and the NFL's 'Can't Miss Play of the Week':

4. Robert Griffin III To Pierre Garçon For Eight Yards

The Redskins added a 33-yard field goal off the leg of Kai Forbath before halftime, but trailed 10-16 as the third quarter drew to a close.

The Redskins' offense took over at the 14-yard line, where Griffin III led his team on a 12-play, 86-yard drive that milked 6:33 off the clock for the game's go-ahead score.

Once again running the play off a play action fake to Morris, Griffin III rolled to his right and found No. 88 open across the middle.

Pierre Garçon was the game's leading receiver (8 receptions, 106 yards), and had four receptions of at least 17 yards.  However, his biggest catch came on the goal line, where he caught the game-winning score:




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