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Game Story: Redskins @ Giants
Giants record: 2-2
This time last year: 3-1
Time of game: 2:55
Stat worth noting: Redskins QB Mark Brunell completed only 12 passes and threw for only 109 yards.
Stat worth noting II: The Giants converted nine-of-16 third downs for a 56 percent success rate, but scored only one TD out of four opportunities in the red zone.
Turning point: The Giants knew at halftime that they should have been in a much better position than holding just a 9-3 lead against Washington. New York had dominated the first half, yet had to settle for three FGs. So they came right out of the locker room and put together a game-deciding 15-play, 69-yard drive that chewed up more than eight minutes. When Eli Manning hooked up with Plaxico Burress for a two-yard TD, the Giants extended their lead to 16-3.
Play to remember: On a third-and-seven near midfield late in the opening period, Eli Manning hung tough in the pocket under heavy pressure from Redskins LB Lemar Marshall and lofted a perfect pass to Amani Toomer, who turned it into a 44-yard gain to the Skins 14-yard line.
Play to forget: The Giants looked to have gotten into the end zone on the first play of the second quarter when Eli Manning connected with Amani Toomer for a five-yard TD. But a yellow flag fluttered to the turf because Jeremy Shockey was flagged for a pick on Sean Taylor, which negated Big Blue's first TD.
3 – Combined points the Giants have allowed Washington in the Skins last two visits to Giants Stadium.
8:05 – Time consumed on New York's monumental third-quarter TD drive that extended its lead to 16-3.
27 – Number of offensive penalties committed by the Giants this season, which is easily the highest mark in the league.
"We played Giants football. (The game) had a nice balance, a nice mix." – Giants coach Tom Coughlin
"We could not get anything going. We couldn't get a spark anywhere across the board. Hat's off to New York. That's the way I see it." – Redskins coach Joe Gibbs
What went right
The Giants defense totally shut down the dangerous Santana Moss, limiting the Skins superb receiver to only 39 yards on three catches and the Redskins to only 164 total yards. The Skins only converted three out of 11 third down attempts.
Eli Manning was able to complete a couple big plays, a 46-yarder to Plaxico Burress and a 44-yarder to Amani Toomer. He finished with a 102.6 QB rating.
After a couple atypical weeks because the Giants fell behind early, Tiki Barber was back to his Barber-esque ways, averaging 5.3 yards per carry en route to a 123-yard afternoon.
Brandon Short played a superb game at WLB in place of Carlos Emmons. Short started the game and finished with a game high-tying six solo tackles and a pass break-up.
Sam Madison had by far his best game as a Giant, showing himself very well in coverage and adding five solo tackles and a PD.
Luke Petitgout recovered Barber's fumble at the Giants 46-yard line with a little more than a minute to play before halftime.
What went wrong
Jay Feely missed a 47-yard field goal try wide left in the first quarter to spoil a solid, 49-yard drive on New York's first possession. He responded well by knocking through his next four tries, from 24, 34, 32 and 40 yards.
Antonio Pierce dropped about as easy a potential interception as he's ever going to see in the second quarter. Mark Brunell's pass went directly into – and out of – Pierce's mitts.
Jeremy Shockey was a non-factor and actually hurt the offense with a couple of foolish penalties. His offensive pass interference for picking Sean Taylor negated a TD catch by Amani Toomer, and he was later flagged for holding on Skins LB Marcus Washington. Shockey finished with only a 13-yard catch before leaving with a sore pinky toe. The Giants are now 6-1 dating back to last year in games that Shockey has three catches or less.
The Giants, the NFL's resident penalty machine, added eight more for 76 yards in losses to their ledger. One penalty cost the club a touchdown.
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