(Reuters) - Robert Griffin III tossed four touchdowns for the second straight game to lead the surging Washington Redskins to a 38-31 win over the fading Dallas Cowboys on Thursday.
Griffin III, who had four touchdown passes in Washington's win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, put on a Thanksgiving Day clinic in Dallas, completing 20-of-28 passes for 311 yards and touchdowns to Aldrick Robinson, Santana Moss, Pierre Garcon and Niles Paul.
Tony Romo had his biggest day as a Dallas quarterback, tossing for a career-high 441 yards and three touchdowns, but also had two costly interceptions that helped put the Cowboys in a hole they could not escape.
Washington's victory pulled them level with the Cowboys at 5-6 for the season but more importantly left them just one game back of the NFC East leading New York Giants, who play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
Dallas accounted for all the scoring in the opening quarter on a Dan Bailey 30-yard field goal before the Redskins exploded for 28 points in the second, including three touchdown passes from Griffin III.
The Redskins rookie quarterback, who played his college football in Texas, made himself right at home in Dallas, hooking up with a wide-open Robinson on a 68-yard bomb.
On the Cowboys' next possession, Dez Bryant fumbled and seven plays later the Redskins were back in the end zone, Alfred Morris driving over from the one to put Washington up 14-3.
Griffin III continued to shred the Dallas secondary, connecting with Garcon on a 59-yard touchdown before completing a spectacular quarter by converting a Romo interception into a six-yard strike to Moss.
After being booed off the field, the Cowboys came out of the break determined to get back into the contest, Bailey hitting on a 33-yard field goal before Romo hooked up with Bryant on a career-long 85-yard touchdown pass to trim the deficit to 28-13.
In the fourth quarter, Griffin took the steam out of the Dallas rally when he found a wide open Paul with a 29-yard touchdown pass.
The Cowboys, however, refused to wave the white flag, Romo hooking up with Felix Jones for a touchdown, then diving across for a two-point convert to pull Dallas to within 35-21.
After a near-perfect afternoon, Griffin III made his first miscue by throwing an interception and Romo quickly made the Redskins pay by finding a diving Bryant in the end zone, the rout suddenly a one score game at 35-28 with still eight minutes to play.
Redskins' Kai Forbath booted a 48-yard field goal to restore Washington's 10-point advantage while Bailey answered with a 51-yarder to again pull Dallas within a touchdown with 18 seconds on the clock.
The Cowboys, however, would get no closer as Washington recovered the on-side kick attempt and ran out the clock for the win.
(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes)
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