LANDOVER, Md. — Robert Griffin III went down, the ball popped out and Washington Redskins teammate Joshua Morgan scored a first-quarter touchdown.
“We didn’t run it in practice because we wanted to save it for the game,” Griffin said, joking.
Look out, New York Giants and the rest of the NFC East. If Griffin — the rookie quarterback from Baylor who won the Heisman Trophy last year — keeps getting those kinds of breaks, it will be hard to keep him out of the title hunt for years to come.
As it is, RG3 has Washington a game out of first place, leading a fourth-quarter rally in a 17-16 NFL Monday-night victory over the Giants, giving the Redskins a three-game winning streak.
Griffin completed 13 of 21 passes for 163 yards and ran five times for 72 yards.
Pierre Garcon had eight receptions for 106 yards — including the winning 8-yard TD with 11:31 left — and showed no signs of the toe injury that forced him to miss six of the season’s first nine games.
Alfred Morris ran for 124 yards on 22 carries, becoming the second Washington rookie to run for 1,000 yards. Reggie Brooks had 1,063 in 1993.
The Redskins (6-6) appeared out of the running at 3-6 a month ago. With the Giants (7-5) losing three of four and Dallas (6-6) also at .500, the division seemingly is up for grabs.
“We know that our backs are against the wall,” Griffin said. “And even though we won tonight, our backs are still against the wall.”
Washington was 5-11 last season.
Eli Manning completed 20 of 33 passes for 280 yards and a TD for the Giants, who had won 26 games in a row on the road when holding a halftime lead. New York was ahead 13-10 at the break Monday.
“We let one slip away tonight, but if we handle business, we’ll still win this division,” Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck said.