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Vikings vs. Redskins 2012: RGIII tallies 3 scores in Washington win

Robert Griffin III had the first 100-yard rushing game of his NFL career as the Washington Redskins dispatched the Minnesota Vikings, 38-26

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The Washington Redskins hadn't earned a win at home in more than a calendar year before Sunday's matchup with the Minnesota Vikings, but Robert Griffin III changed that with a pair of rushing touchdowns and another touchdown throwing.

Griffin tossed for 182 yards on 17-for-22 passing and added 138 on the ground. The Redskins looked like they might have been in trouble after letting a 19-point lead deteriorate to only five. But Griffin's 72-yard scamper with less than three minutes remaining more or less ended the contest, as Washington earned a 38-26 win. Kevin Ewoldt of Redskins blog Hogs Haven described his thought process over the course of the win in his postgame recap.

When the Vikings were up 9-0, I'm sure many thought like I did, "Same ole Redskins." When the Redskins took a big lead late and the Vikings started creeping back, I was still in my Nationals somber, "No way the Redskins hold this lead." And then it happened. The Shanahans dial in a designed QB run play on a key 3rd and long, and Robert Griffin III takes it 76 yards to the house to seal the game.

It was Griffin's first 100-yard rushing game in the NFL. The rookie QB did it twice in his Heisman-winning season at Baylor last year, but he didn't go as high as 138 yards or have rush of over 50 yards in his senior campaign. He now has the Redskins at 3-3 heading into a divisional game against the New York Giants next week.