By Troy Jefferson
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The Washington Redskins were searching for a signature win when they took on the New York Giants this afternoon. Washington defeated Minnesota handily last week and the Giants were coming off a big win against the 49ers.
The Redskins settled for a short Kai Forbath 20-yard field goal after a 17-play drive. A would be Josh Morgan touchdown was called back because of a Fred Davis illegal shift, Davis would injure his leg later in the half and is done for the season. New York found ways to hold the Redskins to three points instead of touchdowns and was key for them in securing their first division win.
The G-Men drove down the field early in the second quarter for a short touchdown by Andre Brown and took the lead. Washington responded with a well drawn up Santana Moss screen that went to the house.
The Redskins had no problems running the ball in the first half, Alfred Morris was almost able to eclipse the 100 yard mark before halftime. New York and Washington went back and forth on field goals to end the half tied 13-13.
Both defenses tightened up in the 3rd quarter with New York and Washington combining for three turnovers in the period. The Redskins picked off Eli Manning in the 3rd quarter extending their streak to seven straight games with an interception. Jim Haslett’s defense yielded 393 yards to the Giants, but as they have done all season found ways to produce turnovers.
However, unlike past games RG3 and the offense couldn’t capitalize with points. The game was still tied entering the fourth quarter and that’s when things got crazy. Ahmad Bradshaw gave the Giants the largest lead of the game with a one-yard touchdown run.
The lead was cut to four, after a Rob Jackson interception and a Forbath field goal. Washington down by four with the ball drove down the field for what look like a game winning touchdown. Robert Griffin eluded Jason Pierre Paul for a 4th and 10 conversion on that drive, which could only be described as jaw-dropping.
But, Manning 19 seconds later hooked up with Victor Cruz for a deflating 77-yard touchdown. Robert Griffin trotted back out on the field with still enough time for a rally, but a Santana Moss fumble dashed any hopes of a win. Robert Griffin finished with 258 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 turnovers.
The Redskins suffered a gut wrenching lost to New York today and are left with injury concerns. Washington may resign Chris Cooley to replace Fred Davis and London Fletcher’s consecutive game streak may be in doubt after he left with a hamstring injury.
Moving Forward: The 3-5 Redskins travel to Heinz Field to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.