The Cowboys were outscored 28-0 during a second quarter that defensive coordinator Rob Ryan called “as bad of a quarter of football as I’ve been around in a long time.”
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III completed 8-of-8 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns in the quarter, which marked Washington’s first 28-point quarter since the 1999 season. Griffin connected on scoring strikes of 68 and 59 yards. Washington racked up 226 yards while Dallas managed just 63 yards and three first downs.
“They were executing better than we were, that’s for sure. They did a hell of a job. They hit some huge plays on us,” Ryan said. “That was about as bad of a quarter of football as I’ve been around in a long time.”
The Redskins’ surge came after a scoreless first quarter in which Washington managed just 46 yards and punted twice. But Griffin got things going with a 68-yard touchdown strike to Aldrick Robinson, a former SMU receiver, after freezing Cowboys’ safety Danny McCray with a play fake.
Following a Dez Bryant fumble, the Redskins moved 49 yards for another score, capped by Alfred Morris’ 1-yard touchdown run. After a Cowboys’ punt, Griffin capped a 71-yard scoring march with a 59-yard touchdown strike to Pierre Garcon with 2:14 left in the half.
But the Redskins still were not done. DeAngelo Hall intercepted a Tony Romo pass and returned the ball to the Cowboys 27-yard line with 30 seconds remaining. A 6-yard, Griffin-to-Moss scoring strike with five seconds remaining sent the Redskins to the locker room with a 28-3 halftime lead. And it capped the Cowboys’ longest quarter of the 2012 season.
“We never answered on offense,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “Those were quick strikes that quarterback hit us with … So we didn’t answer a hot hand. Now, would we have gone on in with Dez’s fumble? Would we have kicked a field goal? With the interception, what would have happened? It’s unbelievable, but I can see how we can get 28 points put up against us because we weren’t going in and getting any and taking the time to get any ourselves.”
_ Jimmy Burch