By Troy Jefferson
The Redskins entered Monday night needing another win to keep their playoff hopes alive and they got it. New York was coming off a big home win against Green Bay last week and were trying to extend their division lead in Washington.
However, the Redskins extended their winning streak to three and cut the division lead to one game with a 17-16 win vs. their division foe.
New York started the game with an eleven-play 69-yard drive but settled for a field goal.
Washington gave up a lot of yards (390) but found a way to hold New York to field goal attempts. On the next Giant’s possession, Lawrence Tynes missed a 43-yard field goal that sailed wide left, spoiling a 13-play drive for the GMEN.
Sandwiched in between the Giant’s field goal attempts was a Washington 4-play 80-yard drive capped off by a Josh Morgan 13-yd fumble recovery for a score. The Redskins had no problem running the ball on the ferocious Giants’ front four, racking up 207 rushing yards.
Alfred Morris had 124 of those yards and RG3 contributed 72. Up 7-3 in the second quarter, New York put together a 13-play 85-yard drive that resulted in a Martellus Bennett four-yard receiving touchdown.
The GMEN were terrific on third down going 9/15 and possessed the ball for 33 minutes. Eli Manning finished 20/33 for 280 yards and a touchdown. The score was 13-10, entering halftime after both teams traded field goals.
The third quarter was relatively quiet but the Redskins again held the Giants to a field goal after a 75-yard drive. New York had three punts and a field goal in the second half.
Washington down 16-10, had a season saving drive going 86-yards on 12 plays. Pierre Garcon capped off the long drive with an eight-yard touchdown pass. Garcon was Griffin’s favorite target on Monday, catching 8 passes for 106 yard and a touchdown.
The Redskins would hold on to the lead thanks to New York penalties and timely defense. Worth noting, the Giants had 9 penalties for 73 yards.
REDSKINS MVP: Darrel Young, fullbacks never get much love. But, Young did a great job of taking out linebackers and cutting lineman. The fullback’s efforts help the Redskins gain 200 plus rushing yards and secure a Redskins’ win.
Moving Forward: The Washington Redskins (6-6) take on the Baltimore Ravens (9-3) on Sunday at FedEx Field in a Battle of the Beltway