LANDOVER, Md. – RG3 and the Washington Redskins are NFC East champions.
Robert Griffin III ran for a touchdown, and fellow rookie Alfred Morris rushed for 200 yards and three scores Sunday night as the Redskins won their first division title in 13 years by beating the Dallas Cowboys 28-18.
The Redskins are 10-6 and will host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, having won seven straight since their bye week. Washington is the first NFL team to rally from 3-6 to make the postseason since the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1996.
The Redskins would have been out of the postseason with a loss. Instead, the Cowboys will miss the playoffs for the third straight year. Dallas finished 8-8, stumbling in a do-or-die end-of-regular-season game for the third time in five years.
Tony Romo threw interceptions on each of Dallas’ first two possessions and added another on the Cowboys’ last drive late in the fourth to set up Morris’ final TD plunge.
Romo connected with Jason Witten for a 9-yard touchdown pass on the team’s third drive and later added a scoring strike to Kevin Ogletree in the fourth.
Griffin’s scamper with a little more than 3 minutes left in the third quarter capped a nine-play, 82-yard drive and made it 14-7. Dallas cut the lead to four points on Dan Bailey’s 48-yard field goal 51 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Griffin, wearing a heavy black brace on his mildly sprained right knee, faked a handoff to rookie running back Alfred Morris, who had six carries for 41 yards on the possession – helping him break Clinton Portis’ franchise record for rushing in a season.
The game also included Redskins kicker Kai Forbath’s first missed field-goal try in 18 career attempts.
After his early miscues, Romo got going on his third drive, a 13-play, 89-yard journey that lasted more than 7 1/2 minutes. It ended with Dallas barely beating an expiring play clock on third-and-goal from the 9, then Romo scrambling around in his trademark fashion before finding Witten in the end zone with about 8 minutes left in the second quarter.
Romo finished 20 of 37 for 218 yards.
Cowboys receiver Miles Austin hurt his left ankle in the second quarter, but he was back on the field in the second half.
Witten finished with seven receptions for 71 yards. Griffin ran for 63 yards.