In a sport that presented 2 of the league’s perfect quarterbacks and a majority of fruitful offenses, the New York Giants and Washington Redskins engaged in a rough fourth-quarter game at on Sunday MetLife Stadium. The Giants were the ones who came out on top and thanks mainly to 4 second-half turnovers by Redskins and a 4th-quarter bomb from Eli Manning in a 27-23 victory to receiver Victor Cruz.
Once having played to a 13-13 tie in 1st half, 2 teams took their turns making scores and giving ball back to one another. Washington scrabbled 3 times and Griffin had to be picked off once, while Manning was interrupted two times, all in the 2nd half.
Santana Moss’s blunder with the team trying a last-minute drive wrapped the fate of Redskins. Washington plunged to 3-4 on season while the New York enhanced to 5-2 and continued to be in the first place in NFC East. The Redskins had to lose their topmost receiver, fitted end Fred Davis, with a wound to his left side Achilles tendon, for the season.
Opening kick of third quarter was received by Washington, but they had to stake. The defense of Redskins forced Giants to do the similar, and the infraction evoked its previous shape, moving the ball fifty one yards in 5 plays. However, Alfred Morris’ fifteen-yard run would have place the ball in the New York 13 was invalidated while right tackle Washington Tyler Polumbus was announced for a “leg whip” and Redskins were punished fifteen yards.
The Giants endangered to score, affecting downfield in 5 plays, but Josh Wilson, cornerback interrupted a pass by Eli Manning at Washington nine-yard line and reverted it to 16.
Redskins and the Griffin began clicking once again and resumed to the territory of Giants, but fronting 2nd-and-5 pass from New York 42, ball was turned over again by Washington. Logan Paulsen, Backup tight end seemed to detach his slant course early, and Griffin’s pass fell in the safety Stevie Brown’s arms, who reverted it forty one yards to Washington 35. Giants made score on a 9-yard run to go up 20-13 by Ahmad Bradshaw with 13:01 left in game.
Redskins had not acquired the takings out of their arrangement. After acquiring ball at their own 28 and getting to fifty one yards on eleven plays – changing 2/4 downs for the first downs on series – Griffin then coughed up ball at Giants’ twenty nine-yard line, while he got canned by Jason Pierre Paul of New York.
After another cautious stance forced a punt from Giants and Washington got the ball with 2:59 in order to play the game at their own twenty nine-yard line and no timeouts left.
With ball in hands being in a known situation and needing a 4th quarter drive for 5th time in this season – Griffin scored another drive for comeback. The rookie finished 4 of 6 passes – comprising a nineteen-yard pass to Logan Paulsen on 4th-and-10 from his 30 –then linked with Santana Moss on 30-yard landing pass to place his team forward 23-20 and with 1:38 to play.