It took until Week 7 but it finally happened: Robert Griffin III put together a performance reminiscent of his scintillating rookie season.

And it couldn’t have arrived at a better time for the Redskins.

Griffin rushed for 84 yards passed for 298 more and sparked a fourth quarter rally for Washington which escaped with a season-preserving 45-41 victory over the Jay Cutler-less Bears at FedEx Field.

With the win the Redskins improved to 2-4 and in the process breathed a little bit of life back into a season that at various times Sunday was on life support.

Late in the fourth quarter safety Brandon Meriweather hit Brandon Marshall in the end zone and was flagged for his second personal foul of the game putting the ball at the Redskins’ seven-yard line. One play later Josh McCown who replaced an injured Cutler in the second quarter connected with Martellus Bennett to put the Bears ahead 41-38.

But Griffin and the Redskins had one more drive in them.

The second-year signal caller expertly directed a 12-play drive that Roy Helu capped with his career-best third touchdown of the afternoon. The touchdown scored with 45 seconds left put the Redskins ahead for good 45-41.

On the ensuing drive Barry Cofield sacked McCown to seal the win.

Not even a third consecutive disastrous performance on special teams could sink the Redskins. Devin Hester returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown to knot the score 17-17 in the second quarter.

Then things got really interesting in the second half. Matt Forte scored his third touchdown (2 50 and 6) of the afternoon early in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 31.

But the Redskins answered on their next drive. Aldrick Robinson hauled in his first touchdown of the season—a 45-yard bomb from Griffin—to cap a five-play 80-yard drive that put the home team ahead 38-31.