Giants win, 31-7
With the victory they improve to 8-4 and keep pace with the Eagles in the NFC East. The Redskins fall to 5-7.
The Giants defense dominated, sacking Donovan McNabb four times and forcing six turnovers. Eli Manning didn't do much (15-for-25 with 161 yards and an interception), but not much was needed as Brandon Jacobs (103 yards) and Ahmad Bradshaw (97 yards) combined for 200 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns apiece. For the fifth straight week, the Giants didn't give up a sack.
Derek Hagan was the Giants' leading receiver with seven receptions for 65 yards. Mario Manningham had two catches for 36 yards. Jason Pierre-Paul had two sacks (he recorded the first two of his career last week against the Jaguars) and Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora each had a strip sack. Terrell Thomas and Corey Webster each had an interecption and defensive tackle Barry Cofield led them with seven tackles.
McNabb was 26-for-44 for 296 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions and he fumbled three times. McNabb now has 15 interceptions on the year, surpassing his previous career-high of 13. James Davis was the Redskins' leading rusher with 40 yards on nine attempts and Anthony Armstrong had six catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. He did, however, have a costly fumble in the second quarter. Chris Cooley had six catches for 61 yards but also fumbled. Top receiver Santana Moss was held to two late receptions for 24 yards.
Big plays got the Giants in the end zone on their opening possession (for the first time this season). Brandon Jacobs broke an inside run out and skipped untouched into the end zone for an 8-yard score at 11:26. D.J. Ware's 37-yard kickoff return started the Giants at the 41 and Jacobs' 39-yard gallop up the left sideline got them to the 18. 7-0, Giants
Lawrence Tynes' short kickoff was fielded by linebacker Chris Wilson and returned 15 yards to the 38, but the defense was able to force a three & out. On a second-and-8, Keiland Williams' 10-yard run off right guard was negated because of a facemask penalty. On third-and-15, McNabb got sacked by Jason Pierre-Paul (the rookie's third of the season). The Giants offense gets the ball back at their 41 with 9:23 left.
Ahmad Bradshaw scored on a 4-yard run to extend the lead with 5:22 left in the quarter - and give this game the look of a potential blowout. The Giants went 59 yards on seven plays, the longest being Manning's 21-yard pass to Boss in the seam that got them to the 38. Jacobs followed with an 11-yard run off left tackle (with Chris Snee pulling to seal the edge). On a third-and-2 from the 4, Bradshaw burst off right guard, broke a tackle and lunged into the end zone. 14-0, Giants
Graham Gano missed a 43-yard field goal, pulling it wide left with 1:59 remaining in the quarter. The Redskins had reached the 30 on McNabb's 22-yard pass to a wide open Anthony Armstrong and Antrel Rolle was flagged for tripping the receiver (Rolle was down and, as Armstrong was about to run by him, he stuck his foot out and made the leg tackle).
The Redskins forced a three & out on the Giants' third drive. Bradshaw was stuffed on a third-and-2 run up the middle as the quarter ended. [Of note: Jacobs, the starter, has four carries for 60 yards and Bradshaw has run it eight times for 29 yards. Yes, I know it's early.]
Matt Dodge might've gotten off the best punt of his pro career, booting it 54 yards on one hop and having it downed at the 5. For it, the rookie received a loud ovation.
Pierre-Paul sacked McNabb again to force a punt. On a third-and-2, the defensive end came around the left tackle and, as McNabb tried to step up, he was able to get one (long) arm around the quarterback's leg and trip him up for a four-yard loss. Hunter Smith's punt went 44 yards to the Giants' 19 with 11:28 left in the half.
The Giants squandered a good drive as Manning threw an interception from the 4. On a first-and-goal, he got pressure up the middle and threw for Boss in triple coverage in the end zone. London Fletcher made the leaping catch with 5:50 left in the half.
[Phillip Buchanon is not having a good first half. Understatement. He's been beaten easily by Derek Hagan on curls and comeback routes and the recently-resigned receiver has five catches for 49 yards, none of which has really been contested. Buchanon also missed a tackle in the red zone as Bradshaw spun out of his grasp on a 5-yard run to the 4.]
Keith Bulluck scooped up Armstrong's fumble and returned it 10 yards to the Redskins' 39 with 4:19 left. Armstrong had an 11-yard reception to the 49, but lost the ball as he was spun down by Terrell Thomas. Washington challenged the ruling, but the call was upheld. The ball came loose before Armstrong's knee hit the ground. Before the Giants could run a play, Fletcher kicked the ball for a delay of game (allowing Mike Shanahan a second to toss the flag), but since the ruling was confirmed, his penalty moved the ball to the 34.
Bradshaw scored his second touchdown of the game with a 10-yard run off right tackle at 1:55. He cut outside and Pascoe got the lead block to spring him. Bradshaw had gotten the Giants to the 10 with a shifty, 15-yard sprint off right guard before the two-minute warning. 21-0, Giants
* For those who care about stats: Bradshaw now has 982 rushing yards. Barring injury, he could (should) reach the 1,000-yard plateau for the first time in this game.
The Giants offense got it back with 22 seconds left in the half and Manning kneeled it.
Halftime: The Giants have thoroughly outplayed the Redskins and could - probably should - have a bigger lead. They've outgained Washington 237 yards to 135, have already rushed for 139 yards and controlled the ball for 18:19. The Giants' only glaring mistake was Manning's ill-advised throw into triple coverage in the end zone from the 4, which resulted in his 17th interception.
Hagan has six catches for 56 yards. His first five receptions came against Buchanon, who was subbed out midway through the second quarter in favor of Kevin Barnes. Bradshaw has 66 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and Jacobs has 74 yards and a score on six attempts. Jason Pierre-Paul leads the defense with two sacks. He got the first two of his career off David Garrard last Sunday. The only bright spot for the Redskins offense has been Anthony Armstrong, who's been able to get good separation in the Giants secondary. He's got four receptions for 55 yards and just missed pulling in a deep ball on a post route near the end of the second quarter. He did, however, fumble after an 11-yard catch, which set up the Giants last touchdown. Santana Moss has been held without a catch.
The Redskins had a five-play drive stall at their 46. On third-and-3, McNabb's pass over the middle was almost intercepted by Deon Grant. The safety had the ball in his grasp but had his eyes up field and dropped it. It's the second drop of a potential interception today. Terrell Thomas had one go off his fingertips in the second quarter.
The Giants went three-and-out on thier first drive of the second half. A false start by Manningham put them in a third-and-15, and Manning's throw over the middle for Jacobs skipped short. There was a holding call on LT William Beatty, but it of course was declined. Dodge was solid on his second punt of the game, kicking it 43 yards to Washington's 38. Not that it mattered in that instance (the Giants downed it), but the ball had decent hangtime.
Umenyiora got another strip sack, exploding around the left tackle (straight dash, he didn't even use a move) and hit McNabb from behind on a third-and-7. The ball popped out and the Giants had the first crack to jump on it, but LT Stephon Heyer made the recovery. That's about 10% compensation for having Umenyiora blow by him for his ninth sack (and eighth forced fumble). After the punt, the Giants offense starts at its 23 with 10:06 left in the quarter.
The Giants went three-and-out and Dodge had another solid punt. The kick went 43 yards to the Redskins' 25 and was returned 11 yards by Brandon Banks.
New York got it back with 7:50 left on Corey Webster's recoverey of a McNabb fumble at the 46. On a second-and-2, McNabb rolled right and, unable to find a receiver, jogged forward for the first down near the right sideline. Dave Tollefson made the tackle and McNabb lost the ball.
Jacobs extends the Giants lead with a 28-yard touchdown run at 6:36. Jacobs took it up the middle, stutter-stepped left, then juked right, slipped a tackle and broke free for the end zone. Manning's second-and-10 pass from the 33 was incomplete, but Fletcher was flagged for holding to set up Jacobs' second score. 28-0, Giants
Armstrong got the Redskins on the board at 4:35 with a 33-yard catch. The receiver ran a go from the weak slot and the Giants, in a zone, were caught out of position (Kenny Phillips was slow to react), allowing Armstrong to run free up the middle of the field. He now has six receptions for 97 yards. Washington's drive went 72 yards on four plays and needed just 2:01. 28-7, Giants
The Redskins turned it over for a third time as Thomas snagged a McNabb pass intended for Santana Moss in the end zone at 14:21. Moss got a step of separation against Webster breaking inside, but Thomas was right there in the middle and McNabb forced it into double coverage. Thomas, who'd dropped a would-be pick earlier in the game, returned it to the 18.
Justin Tuck got the Giants' fourth sack, stripping McNabb at the Redskins' 9 on a third-and-15. Tuck came around from left end and knocked the ball out of the quarterback's hand. McNabb was able to dive on it for the recovery at 10:44... Hunter Smith's punt was deflected by Devin Thomas and went just four yards out of bounds at the 13. Thomas was the Redskins' second-round pick in 2008 and they had high hopes for the speedy wideout. That ended earlier this season when they released him.
The Giants offense wasn't able to do anything with the field position and settled for a field goal. Tynes knocked in a 28-yarder at 9:00 to extend New York's lead. 31-7, Giants
Washington turned it over again. Keiland Williams caught a short shovel pass over the middle, but Tuck stripped the ball from him and Rolle recovered at the 19 with 7:16 left.
On first down, Bradshaw ran off left guard for three yards and with that run, the fourth-year back eclipsed 1,000 yards. He's got 86 yards on 24 carries in this game. Jacobs, the starter, has eight carries for 103 yards.
Another Redskins turnover. Chris Cooley had a catch on a short hook over the middle, but Grant punched the ball out and Pierre-Paul picked it up at the Giants' 30 with 4:41 left. That, essentially, ends the game.
Could Dodge have turned the corner? The Gians went three-and-out and, following the two-minute warning, Dodge sent one 50 yards to the 8 and Banks was only able to bring it back six yards.
Webster ends it with an interception on the last play. McNabb tossed it deep up the right sideline for Armstrong, who had a step, but the pass was underthrown and Webster made a lunging catch and slid at the Giants' 16 as the clock expired.
Final: 31-7, Giants