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            === Redskins edge Giants, close gap in NFC East race ===
 
 Landover,  MD (Sports  Network) - Robert Griffin III posted the biggest win of
 his  rookie  season  as  his  touchdown pass  in  the  fourth  quarter  helped
 Washington edge New York, 17-16, in an NFC East battle at FedEx Field.
 
 With  the  win, the  struggle for  the top spot  in the  division got a little
 closer  as  the Giants (7-5)  now hold just a  one-game lead over the Redskins
 (6-6) and Cowboys, who defeated the Eagles on Sunday night.
 
 Griffin  passed for 163  yards on 13-of-21 attempts and added 72 yards on five
 carries as Washington won its third straight, all against division opponents.
 
 "We  knew  three weeks ago  that every game  we played was  going to be like a
 playoff game," said Washington head coach Mike Shanahan.
 
 Alfred  Morris  carried the  ball 22  times for 124  yards while Pierre Garcon
 caught eight passes for 106 yards and a touchdown in the win.
 
 "That was a great job by him throughout the game," said Shanahan about Morris.
 "To  be able  to close out a game like  that when you need it says a lot about
 him and a lot about our offensive line."
 
 Eli Manning was 20-for-33 with 280 yards and a touchdown and Martellus Bennett
 had  five  catches for 82 yards  and a score  for the Giants, who have dropped
 three of their last four.
 
 Ahmad  Bradshaw totaled 103  yards on 24 carries along with two catches for 13
 yards and Victor Cruz grabbed five passes for 104 yards in the loss.
 
 Holding  a 13-10 lead, the Giants punted on the first touch of the second half
 and  Washington  started at  its own  18. Facing a  3rd-and-1, Griffin faked a
 handoff  before rolling  to the left and  taking the ball 46 yards down to the
 New York 15. The next play, though, Morris fumbled and the Giants recovered.
 
 On  the second  play, Manning went deep  down the right sideline for Cruz, who
 caught  the ball  for 49  yards to  the Washington  40. A  16-yard catch  from
 Hakeem  Nicks got  the ball into the red  zone, but it stopped there and a 35-
 yard  field goal  from Lawrence Tynes gave  the team a 16-10 lead with 3:09 to
 play in the third.
 
 Washington  came right  back to take the  lead. Morris runs of 10 and 16 yards
 got  the team a pair of first downs, and Griffin got one himself with a 7-yard
 run  on 2nd-and-7. The team made three more first downs to face a 1st-and-goal
 at  the 8-yard  line. Griffin  used play-action  and rolled  out to  the right
 before finding Garcon in the end zone for a 17-16 lead with 11:31 to play.
 
 New  York was held to a three-and-out and Washington had to punt after killing
 off about 3 1/2 minutes.
 
 Starting at their own 20 with 6:06 to play, the Giants got 15 yards on a horse
 collar  tackle on Madieu Williams. The team faced a 3rd-and-10 and Manning was
 able to get the ball to Bennett for 11 yards, but a holding call nullified the
 gain and the team wound up punting.
 
 Washington  converted two  first downs to force  New York to burn its last two
 timeouts  and faced  a 3rd-and-3, but Morris  sealed the win with a 6-yard run
 and Griffin took a knee to end the game.
 
 "I  don't  know what happened  in the second  half," Giants coach Tom Coughlin
 remarked.  "We certainly didn't come out and play. The real factor was, in the
 second  half, we  had a  lot  of difficulty  stopping  them and  we didn't  do
 anything with our opportunities."
 
 Washington  started the game with the ball and converted one first down thanks
 to  a successful challenge  on a ball spot, but had to punt and the Giants got
 the ball back at their own 10.
 
 A  combination  of runs  and passes,  including a  22-yard catch from Bennett,
 helped  the team  get down to the  Washington 21, but a pass on 3rd-and-8 fell
 incomplete.  Tynes' 39-yard field goal was good and the Giants held a 3-0 lead
 with 6:22 to play in the first.
 
 Washington  got  a quick  25 yards on  its first  play of the  next drive on a
 catch  by Garcon. Runs  of 19 and eight yards by Morris then got the ball down
 to  the New York 28. On the next play, Griffin ran it on an option to the left
 and  got down  to the 16. He fumbled  as he was heading down, but got a little
 luck  as the  ball went into the hands  of Joshua Morgan, who took it into the
 end zone for a 7-3 lead with 4:16 to play.
 
 The  Giants came back with another lengthy drive, which included a direct snap
 to  Bradshaw on 3rd-and-2  that he took for 14 yards. The drive stalled at the
 Washington  25 and Tynes  attempted a 43-yard field goal, but it missed to the
 left and the Redskins got the ball back at their own 33.
 
 The 'Skins were unable to get past midfield and had to punt with Rueben Randle
 pulling in the fair catch at his own 15.
 
 Facing  a 3rd-and-10 at  his own 27, Manning went deep and Cruz came down with
 the  ball for a 30-yard gain. A pass interference call on Cedric Griffin moved
 the  ball another 21  yards, but an incompletion along with a holding call saw
 the team face a 2nd-and-20. Bennett, though, came up with a 24-yard catch and,
 following  another first  down, Manning  found Bennett  in the  end zone  from
 four yards out for a 10-7 lead with 2:32 to play in the half.
 
 Garcon caught an 18-yard pass on the first play of Washington's next touch and
 followed  that with a  35-yard catch-and-run down to the New York 13. That led
 to  a 33-yard field goal from Kai Forbath to tie the game with 41 seconds left
 in the half.
 
 New  York, though, had  all its timeouts and started its next drive at its own
 24. A Bradshaw run of 13 yards followed by a 13-yard catch from Randle saw the
 team  get  to midfield.  Facing a  3rd-and-10, Manning  found Bennett over the
 middle  for  28 yards, and that  allowed Tynes to  hit a 40-yard field goal as
 time expired to give the team a 13-10 lead at the break.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Morris  went over 1,000 yards on the season as Washington became the first NFL
 team  to ever have a rookie passer throw for at least 2,000 yards and a rookie
 running  back  eclipse 1,000 yards  in the same season  ... The Giants had won
 their  previous 26 road games when leading at halftime. That was an NFL record
 ... Giants right tackle Sean Locklear was taken off the field on a cart in the
 fourth  quarter with a leg injury ... The Giants were penalized nine times for
 73  yards ...  Washington hosts Baltimore on Sunday ... The Giants return home
 to face New Orleans on Sunday.
 
 
 12/04 01:31:19 ET

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