Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Redskins capture NFC Eastern Division Title

By Michael "Moe" Murphy
Clarke County Sports
Special to loudountimes.com

Alfred Morris shreds the Dallas defense for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns
in the Redskins 28-18 win to capture the NFC Eastern Division
photo by Michael "Moe" Murphy / loudountimes.com / Clarke Co Sports
LANDOVER, MD (12/3012) - The Washington Redskins defeated their rival the Dallas Cowboys 28-18 before a standing room only crowd on the Sunday Night Football Game of the Week on NBC.

Running back Alfred Morris rushed 33 times for 200 rushing yards with three touchdowns, all career highs. With the 200 yards on Sunday, Morris finished the season with 1,613 yards, breaking Clinton Portis’ team record for rushing yards in a season (1,516 in 2005).

“It was special, it never was really on my mind about the record." Morris said, "I don’t want to discredit it. It was special to pass Clinton Portis’ record. He was a great back. I actually looked up to him. I guess you can call myself a fan of Clinton Portis. He told me before the game, ‘I want you to break the record.’ It was just an honor. Coming from where I came from, I am just thankful and it is just a humbling experience and I am thankful to be here.”
Quarterback Robert Griffin III solidified his Pro Bowl selection by having a solid game moving the Redskins offense when Morris wasn't grinding it out.
Griffin completed 9-of-18 passes for 100 yards. He finished his rookie regular season having completed 258-of-393 passes for 3,200 yards with 20 touchdowns and a passer rating of 102.4, and set NFL rookie records for passer rating (102.4, surpassing Russell Wilson’s 100.0 passer rating this season and Ben Roethlisberger’s 98.1 from the 2004 season) and for percentage of passes intercepted (1.3 percent, breaking Charlie Batch’s 1.98 percent).

“This is the top one. This is a championship game."Griffin said when asked about being a champion, "We won the [division] championship. Hopefully, we can win the overall championship of the league, but this is the best feeling I’ve ever had. I sat in the locker room at a loss for words, just because it’s that important to us. We went out and did what we said we were going to do. We won seven straight, won our division, and now we’re in the playoffs. Now it’s up to us to decide how far we want to go.” 
Check back at clarkecountysports.com and loudountimes.com for more game coverage from Sunday Night.

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