NFL roundup: Griffin, Redskins crunch Cowboys

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III throws a pass during the second half against the Dallas Cowboys, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. The Redskins won 38-31. (AP Photo/The Waco Tribune-Herald, Jose Yau)
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III throws a pass during the second half against the Dallas Cowboys, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. The Redskins won 38-31. (AP Photo/The Waco Tribune-Herald, Jose Yau)

Welcome back to Texas, RG3.

Robert Griffin III threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns, helping the Washington Redskins beat the Dallas Cowboys 38-31 on Thursday.

The Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor made the Cowboys look like an overmatched college team during the decisive second quarter in Griffin’s first pro game in his home state. He got some help from his receivers, including a leaping grab and long run from Pierre Garcon and some nifty footwork in the end zone by Santana Moss.

Tony Romo lost for the first time in six starts on Thanksgiving despite a career-high 441 yards and three second-half touchdowns, including the longest of his career — an 85-yarder to Dez Bryant. Romo ran in a two-point conversion after a TD throw to Felix Jones and threw another scoring pass to Bryant to help Dallas close to 35-28 with 8:24 remaining after the Cowboys trailed 28-3 at halftime.

But Griffin answered — twice. After Romo’s long touchdown to Bryant, Griffin threw his fourth scoring pass, a 29-yarder to Niles Paul.

Patriots 49, Jets 19: In East Rutherford, N.J., Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score as New England embarrassed New York with a 35-point second quarter.

After a scoreless opening quarter, the Patriots went on a touchdown spree while taking advantage of several mistakes by the hapless Jets. New England scored four touchdowns in just more than six minutes — including three in a 52-second span.

Julian Edelman returned a fumble for a touchdown and caught a 56-yard pass for a score before leaving with a head injury. Shane Vereen caught an 83-yard scoring pass, Steve Gregory had a 32-yard fumble return for a TD, Stevan Ridley had a 9-yard run and Wes Welker had a 3-yard scoring grab that helped make Bill Belichick the eighth NFL coach with 200 career victories.

Texans 34, Lions 31, OT: In Detroit, Shayne Graham’s 32-yard field goal with 2:21 left in overtime lifted Houston to a win after Detroit coach Jim Schwartz broke an NFL rule.

Detroit kicker Jason Hanson had a chance to get Schwartz off the hook, but his 47-yard field goal attempt in the extra period hit the right upright.

Schwartz threw a challenge flag when Houston’s Justin Forsett scored on an 81-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Replays showed Forsett was down near midfield, but Schwartz negated the automatic review by challenging the play.