The New York Giants began the second quarter of tonight’s Monday Night Football matchup against the Washington Redskins with the ball on the Washington 20-yard line.
But three plays later, after an intentional grounding call on quarterback Eli Manning and three solid plays by the Redskins’ defense, the Giants had to send out Lawrence Tynes to attempt a 43-yard field goal. Tynes — who is usually money against the Redskins — missed the kick, however, sending the packed FedExField crowd into a craze.
But Tynes got the last laugh, converting a 40-yard field goal at the end of the half. After another hard-fought quarter, the Giants lead the Redskins, 13-10.
The Redskins began their first drive of the second quarter at their own 33-yard line. Two plays later, quarterback Robert Griffin III found fullback Darrel Young for a 15-yard pass, which was followed up by a 10-yard run by running back Alfred Morris. With that run, Morris already has 43 yards rushing on five carries. Take note of that.
But two plays later, Griffin III’s pass to tight end Logan Paulsen sailed over his head, sending the punt unit out on the field. The Giants began the ensuing drive from their own 15-yard line. Three plays later, on 3rd and 4, Manning found Hakeem Nicks for a six-yard gain and the first down. Manning was flushed out of the pocket on the play, but Nicks was wide open.
The Giants faced another third down — 3rd and 10 — three plays later after a false start was called against them. Manning, lined up in the shotgun, had forever to throw and found wide receiver Victor Cruz for a 30-yard completion across the middle. Their drive continued after a 24-yard completion on 2nd and 20 from the Washington 38-yard line, as Manning found Martellus Bennett wide open near the sideline. Three plays later, they faced a 3rd and 1 and Bradshaw — after a measurement — was given one yard on another run for the first down at the Washington 4-yard line.
On the next play, Manning found Bennett wide open in the end zone for a four-yard touchdown. Tynes’ extra point gave the Giants a 10-7 lead with 2:32 remaining in the first half.
It was a 13-play, 85-yard drive that took a precious 7:23 off the clock.
The Redskins began the next drive from their own 34-yard line after a nice 39-yard return by tight end Niles Paul. Their first play was an 18-yard completion from Griffin III to Pierre Garcon, his third catch for 42 yards thus far.
Griffin III found Garcon again on the very next play, but this time it went for 35 yards to the New York 13-yard line. But three plays later, they faced a 3rd and 12 from the 15-yard line when Griffin III, who was flushed out of the pocket, couldn’t connect with Garcon in the corner of the end zone.
In came kicker Kai Forbath, who began his Redskins’ and NFL career with 10 straight field goal conversions. Make it 11 straight. His 33-yard field goal was good, and tied the game at 10 with 41 seconds left in the half.
It was a six-play, 51-yard drive that took 1:51 off the clock.
The Giants began their final drive of the half from their own 24-yard line and got a 13-yard carry from Bradshaw on the first play. Bradshaw has been shredding the Redskins’ defense so far, and has 77 yards rushing to this point.
The drive continued on the next play with a 13-yard completion to wide receiver Reuben Randle, as the Giants got to the 50-yard line and called timeout with 29 seconds left. The next play was an incompletion on a pass intended for Bennett, as was the following play, which was intended for Nicks.
The Giants faced a 3rd and 10 from the 50. Manning, in the shotgun with Bradshaw to his left, found Bennett wide open across the middle at the Washington 22-yard line for a 28-yard conversion. The Giants sent out Tynes, who nailed his 40-yard field goal.
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