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And then Griffin remembered the lesson he learned in suffering a concussion last Sunday. He had a decision to make.

“Thought about running out of bounds because everyone has been telling me that lately,” Griffin said with a laugh. “You know in certain situations, and I felt like I had the guy outflanked. I just took off running. The rest is history.”

Griffin found whatever gear is faster than turbo. Tight ends coach Sean McVay told Griffin later that he felt the gust of air as Griffin blazed past.

“Those are one of the greatest plays on the field, when you just watch from 30 yards away as your guy just blows everybody away,” left tackle Kory Lichtensteiger said. “He can leave people in his dust.”

Griffin jumped into the end zone stands as delirious fans savored their savior. Chants of “R-G-3!” echoed throughout the stadium.

“I got to enjoy the moment a little bit,” he said. “It was pretty fun to hear the crowd and see my teammates on the sideline celebrating as I ran for the touchdown.”

Griffin’s rushing complemented a defense that bent but ultimately did not break.

The Redskins limited running back Adrian Peterson to 79 yards on 17 carries, and they scored a defensive touchdown for the fourth time this season.

It was far from a sure thing early, though. Washington fell behind 9-0 before scoring 24 unanswered points.

It took the Redskins‘ offense until the second quarter to get going. Their first two possessions were a continuation of last week’s ineptitude. They failed on their first four third downs, and Griffin threw an interception on the second possession.

However, Minnesota managed only short field goals on each of its first three possessions as the Redskins‘ defense strengthened inside the red zone.

“They kept us in the game,” Griffin said. “We have so many weapons that if we hold teams to field goals, it’s huge because we can come back.”

Washington’s pass rush was more effective than it was against Atlanta last week, although it wasn’t dominant. Quarterback Christian Ponder’s inaccuracy helped.

Unlike the handful of quarterbacks that have beaten Washington this season by completing passes into tight windows, Ponder missed open receivers at times. He finished 35 of 52 passing for 352 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Redskins‘ offense came alive on the third series when they used the triple-option concepts that were so effective in the Week 3 win over Cincinnati. The misdirection got the Vikings off balance.

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