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“He’s a gamer,” cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. “We all knew that.”

Griffin turned the Redskins‘ sloppy first quarter into a footnote. He hit Aldrick Robinson, Pierre Garcon and Santana Moss on touchdown passes for 68, 59 and 6 yards, respectively.

Rookie running back Alfred Morris also had a 1-yard touchdown run in the quarter.

The Redskins hadn’t scored 28 points in a quarter since Oct. 1999, the last season they won the division.

“It was awesome,” Griffin said. “I told those guys if they ball out like they have been, we can’t be stopped.

It was incredible, really. For that 15 minutes, the Redskins looked nothing like the group that recently dropped three straight games and moved to the brink of a disastrous season.

On the first touchdown, Robinson outran two defenders by at least 10 yards and ran underneath Griffin’s high-arcing throw.

Griffin later threw the ball behind Garcon on a crossing route, but Garcon reached back, caught it, and then accelerated on his sprained right foot around the corner and past Carr.

Moss’ touchdown outdid the others. From the 6-yard line, Griffin took the snap, sprinted to his right and perfectly placed a throw on Moss’ outside hip. Moss contorted his feet to tiptoe in bounds.

Griffin hit a wide open Niles Paul early in the fourth quarter for his fourth touchdown. Washington, it turned out, needed those points.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw for 441 yards on 62 attempts. Eighty-five came on a touchdown catch-and-run by Dez Bryant, yet another big play against the Redskins.

Griffin had the answer, though. He completed 3 of 4 passes for 39 yards on the field-goal drive. That included a 4-yard dart to Moss on third-and-1.

And when Hall recovered an onside kick with 12 seconds remaining, it allowed Griffin to kneel down.

He has thrown eight touchdowns in two victories in five days. And suddenly the Redskins‘ playoff pulse isn’t so faint.

“It’s big for the mindset of everybody that, hey, you might have thought we could do it,” Griffin said. “Now we know we can do it. It’s in our hands.”