EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – New York’s third receiver was better than Washington’s second quarterback.
The Giants ruled Victor Cruz out before kickoff Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Hakeem Nicks had two catches but left the game with an ankle injury.
Jerrel Jernigan, the next man on the depth chart, caught six passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. He carried twice for 47 yards and another touchdown, sparking the Giants in 20-6 victory over the Redskins.
Kirk Cousins lost a fumble and went 19-of-49 with 161 yards and two interceptions. Eli Manning went 10-of-24 for 152 yards, a touchdown and a pick before sitting out the second half with an ankle injury.
Alfred Morris was explosive with 62 yards on 16 carries, but Washington couldn’t mix him in with rhythm.
Kai Forbath hit field goals from 31 and 49 yards out to account for all of the Redskins points.
Third quarter thoughts: The New York Giants started the game without their top receiver and have since lost their No. 2 wideout and their starting quarterback.
Like so many times this season, the Redskins have not been able to take advantage. Washington failed to turn an interception into points and killed two drives with fumbles.
Third quarter high: Kirk Cousins opens Washington’s 12th drive with hard, precise throw to Pierre Garcon for a 21-yard gain.
Third quarter low: Jerrel Jernigan closes the third quarter with a 49-yard rushing touchdown.
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Josh Brown kicks 63 yards to Nick Williams, who picks up 27 yards on the return.
Redskins 15th drive
1st and 10 <29: Cousins passes to Paulsen for 4 yards.
2nd and 6 <33: Morris runs left for a 2-yard loss.
3rd and 8 <31: Cousins converts with a 14-yard pass to Aldrick Robinson.
1st and 10 <45: Cousins passes incomplete to Garcon.
2nd and 10 <45: Cousins hits Paulsen with an 8-yard pass.
3rd and 2 <47: Cousins pass to Garcon is incomplete.
4th and 2 <47: Cousins drills a pass to Aldrick Robinson on a short out route, but Trumaine McBride bats it away. Turnover on downs.
Giants 15th drive
1st and 10 <47: Peyton Hillis carries for 6 yards.
2nd and 4 >47: Hills runs for 3 yards.
3rd and 1 >44: Hillis picks up another 3 yards.
Timeout New York 9:51
1st and 10 >41: Jerrel Jernigan takes an end around for 8 yards.
2nd and 2 >33: Hillis finds room up the right side for 5 yards.
1st and 10> 28: Painter fumbles the snap and falls on it for a 1-yard loss.
2nd and 11 >29: Hillis takes a handoff left and counters to his right side, running around the corner for a 14-yard gain.
1st and 10 >15: Chris Baker runs through his man and drops Hillis for a 4-yard loss.
2nd and 14 >19: Brown runs for 1 yard before London Fletcher stops him.
3rd and 13 >18: Brown is bottled up at the line and stopped by Perry Riley Jr. for a 2-yard loss.
4th and 15 >20: Josh Brown’s 38-yard field goal is good.
Giants 20 Redskins 6
Nick Williams fields Brown’s kickoff at the 1-yard line and a finds a small seam on the right before Mark Herzlich plows him into the turf at the 26.
Redskins 16th drive
1st and 10 <26: Cousins tries to squeeze in a pass for Aldrick Robinson, but the ball is knocked away by McBride.
2nd and 10 <26: Cousins pass is incomplete to Logan Paulsen.
3rd and 10 <26: Cousins converts with an 11-yard pass to Robinson on an out route.
1st and 10 <37: Cousins throws incomplete to Nick Williams.
2nd and 10 <37: Cousins finds Logan Paulsen on the right sideline for a 13-yard pass.
1st and 10 <50>: Cousins hits Santana Moss for 4 yards.
2nd and 6 >46: Cousins throws incomplete for Nick Williams, who tried to reach with one hand.
3rd and 6 >46: Cousins had Roy Helu Jr. open with space in front of him, but the back can’t make the catch.
4th and 6 >46: The Giants draw a flag for a neutral zone infraction.
4th and 1 >41: Roy Helu Jr. is stuffed at the line for no gain on the dive. Turnover on downs.
Giants 16th drive
1st and 10 <41: Chris Baker stops Hillis for a 3-yard loss but draws a 15-yard Horse Collar penalty.
1st and 10 >47: Andre Brown is stuffed for a 2-yard loss.
Timeout Washington 3:24
2nd and 12 >49: Andre Brown runs right for 4 yards.
Timeout Washington 3:17
3rd and 8 >45: Andre Brown picks up 3 yards.
Timeout Washington 3:11
4th and 5 >42: Weatherford punts 37 yards to the Washington 5-yard line. Charles James downed the ball.
Redskins 17th drive
1st and 10 <5: Cousins passes incomplete for Nick Williams.
2nd and 10 <5: Cousins passes incomplete for Santana Moss.
3rd and 10 <5: Cousins finds Roy Helu Jr. for a 9-yard gain.
4th and 1 <14: Darrel Young takes a quick carry for 2 yards up the middle.
1st and 10 <16: Cousins hits Aldrick Robinson for 8 yards.
2nd and 2 <24: Cousins passes incomplete for Santana Moss.
3rd and 2 <24: Alfred Morris runs 6 yards up the middle.
1st and 10 <30: Cousins tries to loft a deep pass to Paulsen, but the ball was overthrown.
2nd and 10 <30: Cousins throws incomplete to Moss.
3rd and 10 <30: Roy Helu Jr. takes a handoff on a draw play and runs 19 yards.
1st and 10 <49: Cousins throws his second interception to Trumaine McBride.
Giants 17th drive.
1st and 10 <46: Painter kneels to end the game.
Final Score: Giants 20 Redskins 6
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