NFL Game Summary - NY Giants at Washington
(Sunday, September 11th)
Final Score: Washington 28, NY Giants 14
Landover, MD (Sports Network) - Rex Grossman threw for 305 yards and two
touchdowns against a patchwork Giants defense, and Ryan Kerrigan returned an
interception for a touchdown, leading the Redskins to a 28-14 victory on
Washington bounced back from deficits of 7-0 and 14-7 in the first half, with
Tim Hightower scoring on a short run and Grossman throwing touchdown passes to
Anthony Armstrong before halftime and Jabar Gaffney late in the fourth
In between, the rookie linebacker Kerrigan tipped an Eli Manning pass to
himself at the line and ran it in for a go-ahead touchdown in the third
The Redskins (1-0) held New York scoreless after Ahmad Bradshaw's six-yard
touchdown run with 2:48 remaining in the first half.
The hobbled Giants (0-1) were missing a long list of injured players on
defense, including captain Justin Tuck, who was inactive because of a neck
injury. Fellow defensive end Osi Umenyiora and rookie cornerback Prince
Amukamara were among the list of players who had long been ruled out of the
Manning was 18-of-32 for 268 yards, while Hakeem Nicks caught seven passes for
122 yards and Bradshaw rushed 13 times for 44 yards.
Hightower had 25 carries for 72 yards and Santana Moss caught six balls for
76. But Fred Davis led the Redskins receivers with 105 yards on five grabs and
was a reliable outlet for Grossman.
Head coach Mike Shanahan was vindicated in his decision to start Grossman over
John Beck, and the Redskins' move to ship Donovan McNabb to the Vikings looked
McNabb passed for 39 yards, a touchdown and an interception and had a 47.9
quarterback rating in a 24-17 loss to the Chargers on Sunday.
Grossman's rating was 110.5 and he went 9-of-11 for 142 yards on Washington's
two scoring drives in the second quarter.
"I though Rex played excellent today," said Shanahan. "There was a lot of
pressure up front and they're a talented football team."
Grossman was 5-for-5 for 80 yards on the second scoring drive, connecting with
Armstrong for a six-yard touchdown that tied the game at 14-14 with 37
seconds left before halftime.
Although he couldn't pinpoint a moment when he felt like he found his rhythm,
it was clear Grossman found his groove somewhere in the middle of the first
"After that," he said, describing when things first started clicking, "you
just feel good."
On the first series of the third quarter, Manning's pass was tipped by
Kerrigan and taken back nine yards into the left side of the end zone to make
"That's a tough way to start the second half," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin
said. "I didn't like the end of our game offensively at all. ... It's totally
Bradshaw was stuffed on a key 4th-and-1 try for the Giants later in the third,
and Lawrence Tynes' 38-yard field goal was blocked by Brian Orakpo in the
fourth after New York had recovered a Grossman fumble.
Grossman's four-yard TD pass to Gaffney with 5:04 remaining capped a 70-yard
The Giants, who lead the all-time series 91-62-4, had won nine of the previous
10 meetings...New York was 10-6 last season, but Philadelphia won the division
and went to the playoffs. The Redskins were coming off a 6-10 year...Grossman
started three games last season amid the McNabb drama.
09/11 22:25:30 ET
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