NFL Game Summary - Washington at NY Giants|
(Sunday, September 13th)
Final Score: NY Giants 23, Washington 17
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Lawrence Tynes hit all three of his
field goal attempts and Eli Manning tossed for 256 yards and a touchdown, as
the Giants began their post-Plaxico Burress era with a 23-17 win over
Washington in a feisty NFC East battle.
Manning had an interception and lost a fumble but was 20-of-29 while spreading
the ball around to his new-look receiving corps. Steve Smith led the club with
six grabs for 80 yards, and Mario Manningham added three receptions for 58
yards and a touchdown for the reigning division-champion Giants (1-0).
Ahmad Bradshaw led New York with 60 yards on 12 carries, and Osi Umenyiora
returned from a one-year absence with a forced fumble he turned into a 37-
yard return for a touchdown.
Jason Campbell threw for a pedestrian 211 yards with a touchdown and an
interception on 19-of-26 efficiency for the Redskins (0-1), whose offense
Sunday looked eerily similar to the unproductive unit that stumbled to a 2-6
record over the second half last year.
Chris Cooley ended with seven catches for 68 yards and a touchdown, while
Clinton Portis was held to 62 yards on 16 carries.
Washington made it a one-possession game with a field goal late in the third
quarter, but New York embarked on a pair of time-consuming drives in the
fourth that all but sealed the game.
Tynes' wobbly 45-yard field goal found its way through the uprights with 11:03
remaining in the game for a 20-10 lead. Following a three-and-out from
Washington, Tynes booted a 28-yarder to cap a 10-play, 66-yard drive with just
Campbell hit Cooley for a 17-yard score with 1:30 to go to keep Washington's
chances alive, but New York recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock to
preserve the win.
"I think our guys did what we asked them to do coming out," Redskins head
coach Jim Zorn said. "The positive thing is we played positive the whole game.
We just didn't have the poise in situations where we needed to."
The Giants moved right down the field on their first drive. After Bradshaw was
stuffed on 3rd-and-1, the club settled for a 28-yard Tynes field goal to cap
the 12-play, 67-yard march midway through the opening frame.
Another good-looking drive for the hosts was halted with back-to-back stuffs
of Brandon Jacobs at the Washington three-yard line, the second a fourth-down
stop for the 'Skins on the first play of the second quarter.
Manning went to the air the next time the Giants had the ball, which was
culminated in a 30-yard TD toss to Manningham five minutes into the stanza.
"Really, the touchdown pass, that was just all [Manningham]," Manning said.
"It didn't work as planned but he improvised and made a guy miss and got the
touchdown so that's...something that's good to see some of these receivers do.
Just make some plays after the catch, make some guys miss and that was great
to see that."
The teams traded turnovers in enemy territory, and another Washington giveaway
directly resulted in points for the Giants.
Umenyiora, who missed the entire 2008 season with a knee injury, raced into
the backfield and stripped Campbell as he was going back to pass. The ball
bounced around for several moments before Umenyiora picked it up and raced
untouched down the right sideline 37 yards for a touchdown.
"It felt good," Umenyiora said. "I'm just happy I was able to make a play
and just happy this team won. They deserve it."
Just before the half, an incompletion on third down from the Giants' eight
brought out Washington's kicking unit, and holder Hunter Smith kept the ball
and sprinted unabated into the end zone for the successful fake, getting the
Redskins on the board.
With three minutes left in a punt-filled third quarter, DeAngelo Hall picked
off a Manning pass and returned it 18 yards to the New York 11. The Giants
defense hung tough, though, and held the 'Skins to a 27-yard Shaun Suisham
New York's Danny Ware dislocated his elbow on the opening kickoff. Their
first-round pick, wide receiver, Hakeem Nicks also went down in the fourth
quarter with an ankle injury...Jacobs had 46 yards on 16 carries...Antwaan
Randle El finished with seven catches for 98 yards, while Santana Moss was
silenced with just two catches for six yards for Washington.
09/13 20:58:22 ET