Darrel Young celebrates with Fred Davis of the Washington Redskins after scoring a touchdown on a six-yard pass from Robert Griffin III in the first half against the Minnesota Vikings at FedExField on October 14, 2012. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Since ESPN The Magazine declared that "happy days are here again" in D.C. sports, things around here have been far from that.
What looked like the beginning of a glorious weekend at around 9 p.m. Friday quickly turned crappy, but the Redskins salvaged the remainder of it Sunday in a 38-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
Things got off to a rough start as the Vikings jumped out to a 9-0 lead, but the Redskins scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter, include two touchdowns in 11 seconds when Alfred Morris ran in a one-yard touchdown run and Darrel Young caught a six-yard pass from Griffin following a Christian Ponder turnover.
Washington extended its lead to 31-12 when Madieu Williams picked off Ponder and scampered 24 yards for the score, but Minnesota did not go gentle into that good night. The Vikings cut the Redskins' lead to 31-26 while visions of choking danced in the heads of already-nauseated D.C. fans.
RGIII, however, put those nightmares to rest when he took off for a 76-yard touchdown run, the longest by a quarterback in 16 years.
One week after having his bell rung, Griffin finished with 138 rushing yards (13 carries, two touchdowns) and 182 passing yards (one touchdown, one interception).
The Redskins won their first home game in over a year (Sept. 18, 2011, to be exact); they were 0-8 since defeating the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2 last season. Washington returns to action next Sunday against the New York Giants at the Meadowlands.
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