The New York Giants got their first NFC East win of the season thanks to some late-game heroics that resulted in a 27-23 win over the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
Redskins’ rookie phenom Robert Griffin III outshined Eli Manning for 58 of the 60 minutes, but it was the latter who put his team in the best position to win with a 77-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz with 1:13 left in regulation.
Following Manning’s first touchdown pass of the game, Griffin appeared to be on the verge of stunning the Giants in their own building with a game-winning drive, but Moss lost a fumble after catching a pass across the middle.
Chase Blackburn came up big in a pivotal point in a game yet again, as he was the man to force the fumble that was recovered by the Giants with 29 seconds on the clock.
The Giants lost the time of possession battle in the game by over five minutes, but the disadvantage in that department was masked by the defense’s ability to force four turnovers, including two in the fourth quarter.
Although Perry Fewell’s defense wasn’t able to completely bottle Griffin up, it did a decent job of limiting the damage Griffin did on the ground, allowing 89 yards. In his last game, the former Heisman Trophy winner rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns against the Minnesota Vikings.
Washington running back Alfred Morris ran for 120 yards to push the team’s total to 248 on the afternoon, but saw his day go south fast thanks to a third-quarter fumble that was the start of a wild exchange between the two teams.
A 15-yard rush by Ahmad Bradshaw and a 17-yard reception by Martellus Bennett were erased when the usually flawless Manning threw an ugly interception inside the Redskins’ 10-yard line.
Griffin let his inexperience show on the subsequent drive when he was picked off by Stevie Brown deep over the middle. New York finished off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run by Bradshaw to take a seven-point lead.
Cruz led the Giants with seven receptions for 131 yards and his seventh touchdown of the year, while Bradshaw finished with just 43 rushing yards on 12 carries after racking up 57 carries and 316 yards in the last two games.
Manning finished the day 26-of-40 for 337 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. His counterpart completed 20-of-28 passes for 258 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and one last fumble.
Next Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET, the Giants will look to win their second division game of the season and bring their division record to an even .500.
The showdown at Cowboys Stadium will be the most important matchup for Tom Coughlin’s team this season, as it can even the season series with the Cowboys and take a commanding 2.5-game lead over their division rivals.