With Washington driving toward a potential game-tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter, safety Will Hill stripped the ball from wide receiver Pierre Garcon at midfield. The Giants took over and were able to take a knee for a 24-17 win over the Redskins.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE
Giving up a sack on their first offensive play of the game, the Giants spun their wheels early with consecutive three-and-out drives. Losing the time of possession badly, Peyton Hillis was able to spark the offense with a 27-yard run, and Andre Brown scored two plays later on a 23-yard rush of his own. Eli Manning stabilized the offense while the Giants came back from a 14-point deficit to tie it with Brandon Myers’ third touchdown of the season. While Brown added another rushing touchdown, the Giants’ air and ground games kept the chains moving and the clock ticking long enough to come away with a victory.
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WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE
Missing three starters, the Giants defense struggled early with Washington’s tempo and gave up two long touchdown drives to start the game as Robert Griffin III completed his first 12 passes. Despite the Washington quarterback finishing 24 of 32 for 207 yards and adding another 88 on the ground, the Giants buckled down in the second half and allowed just three points in the final two quarters. That was largely due to Justin Tuck, who had a career night with four sacks and helped limit Alfred Morris to 26 yards on 11 carries. That was before Hill made the play of the night to seal the game.
Steve Weatherford had a busy night, punting six times for an average of 47.8 yards. His long was 62 yards and landed two inside the 20-yard line. Josh Brown kicked a 39-yard field goal just inside the right upright to give the Giants a seven-point lead late in the fourth quarter.
DE Justin Tuck nearly tripled his season total with four sacks on Sunday night; LB Jon Beason had 17 tackles (13 solo); RB Andre Brown rushed for two touchdowns; TE Brandon Myers had five catches for 61 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown; Victor Cruz had a team-high six catches for 80 yards.
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