For more than a decade, the Philadelphia Eagles had quarterbacks who frustrated the Washington Redskins (along with the rest of the NFC East) with a potent combination of running and passing. Whether it was led by Donovan McNabb or Michael Vick, the Redskins often had trouble stopping the Eagles' offense.
Now with Robert Griffin III in the nation's capital, the tables seemed to have turned.
The Redskins' rookie quarterback lit up the Eagles' defense in his first game against Philadelphia, recording a near-perfect game in Washington's 31-6 win.
RG3 only threw 15 passes, but completed 14 of them for 200 yards. Four of those 14 completions were touchdown passes resulting in a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3. According to Rich Tandler of CSN Washington, he became the first rookie ever to have a perfect quarterback rating in a game with at least 15 passes.
That wasn't the only history Griffin made.
Griffin also spread the ball around, completing at least one pass to nine different receivers.
"The one thing I told myself today is I had to trust the guys that are out there with me. Trust the receivers. Trust the offensive line that they're going to do their job," Griffin told CSN Washington after the game. "And I think a lot of guys took that to heart. Not only because I said it to myself but I echoed it to them. So they played a great game.
On top of his passing stats, Griffin also ran 12 times for 84 yards, making him the Redskins' leading rusher in the game. On several occasions, two 3rd-and-long plays, the Eagles looked like they had him wrangled but Griffin scrambled for first downs.
"Except for that one incompletion I thought he was OK," head coach Mike Shanahan joked after the game, via Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Blog.