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Robert Griffin III named NFC Player of the Week

Call it icing on the cake.

Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week following his performance in a 40-32 win over the New Orleans Saints, the league announced Wednesday.

RG3 was poised in victory, completing 19 of 26 passes for 320 yards and two scores through the air. His first NFL touchdown has already spawned a viral Internet meme, and it appears the Redskins have an answer at quarterback for the first time in decades.

It wasn't perfect, but it was memorable. Griffin successfully guided Washington to an upset win before a hostile Superdome crowd. We saw RG3 attempt mostly short passes -- only two beyond 20 yards -- but that was coach Mike Shanahan's design from the start. Griffin kept mistakes to a minimum.

This was framed as a statement game for the Saints, burning up after an offseason that saw them heavily picked apart by critics in the face of the "bounty" scandal. Despite the subtext, New Orleans couldn't stop RG3 at home, and the rookie showed great calm in picking up his first win as a pro.

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