This key divisional matchup has 15 minutes left, and it’s far from over.
Heading into the fourth quarter, the Redskins trail the Giants, 16-10 — and they’re driving with the ball into New York territory.
The Giants began the first drive of the half at their own 10-yard line after a holding call on the kickoff return. Three plays later, they faced a 3rd and 10 when quarterback Eli Manning found wide receiver Victor Cruz wide open for 12 yards across the middle. The conversion made the Giants 9-of-11 on third downs in the game.
But the Giants were finally forced to punt five plays later, as returner Brandon Banks took the 52-yardkick to the Washington 13-yard line.
The Redskins were content with feeding running back Alfred Morris on the first two plays of the drive, as he collected 12 yards in those plays. On the ensuing first-down play, quarterback Robert Griffin III found wide receiver Joshua Morgan for eight yards before he got out of bounds. After a one-yard rush by Morris, the Redskins faced a 3rd and 1 when Griffin III decided to take off. His 46-yard rush to the New York 15-yard line got the chants of “RG3!” going in the FedExField stands.
But the next play brought bedlam to the field. Morris carried the ball for a short gain before he fumbled near the sideline, which was recovered by the Giants. In the ensuing scrum, several small skirmishes broke out between the Redskins and Giants players. Eventually, two offsetting personal foul penalties gave the ball to the Giants at the nine-yard line.
What an untimely time for a turnover there. The Redskins were nine yards away from the end zone and should’ve, at the least, tied the game with a field goal.
The Giants took advantage, as Manning found Cruz on the second play of the ensuing drive over the top for a 49-yard completion. Cruz beat cornerback DeAngelo Hall on the play, who was able to chase Cruz down. Two plays later, Manning found Hakeem Nicks for a 16-yard gain to the Washington 17-yard line. Three plays later, the Giants faced a 3rd and 9 from the 16 when Manning, lined up in the shotgun with Ahmad Bradshaw to his left, couldn’t hook up with Cruz, who dropped the ball across the middle. Kicker Lawrence Tynes came on to attempt a 35-yard field goal, which was good and gave the Giants a 16-10 lead with 3:09 remaining in the third quarter.
The Redskins began their next drive from their own 14-yard line. On his first carry since losing the fumble on their previous drive, Morris rumbled his way for 10 yards. He followed that up with a 16-yard rush, which officially gave him the Redskins’ rookie record for rushing yards in a season, which was set by Reggie Brooks in 1993. Congratulations to Alfred.
Griffin III, again, got in on the running game on the next play and got seven yards of his own before he found Morgan for a nine-yard completion and the first down.
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