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Which is another mark of a special player: He does what’s necessary, what his club needs him to do. RG3’s club needed him to stop the bleeding at that point, so he stopped the bleeding. (And this is a 22-year-old quarterback, I’ll just remind you. Sorry, but words are beginning to fail.)

Dallas rallied for two more touchdowns, though — the second after a rare Griffin mistake (read: interception) — to narrow the gap to 35-28. No matter. The kid QB merely took the Redskins down the field again, far enough for Kai “10 for 10” Forbath to boot the clinching 48-yard field goal.

“I feel the sense that something is building,” Griffin said. “When you’re 3-6, your character of your team is tested. I experienced playing on some teams that had tough years, but it’s how they respond after those losses. So you’re sitting there at 3-6, if you don’t beat the Eagles, now you’re 3-7 and that can kill your season or just the morale of your team. We won that game …”

So ended five days in the life of the 2012 Redskins, five of the best days they’ve had in a long time. A 3-6 season has become a 5-6 season, and despair has been replaced by possibility. Shanahan’s team still has much work ahead of it, but the door has been opened — and more than just a crack.