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(Sunday, September 13th)
Final Score: NY Giants 23, Washington 17
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Lawrence Tynes hit all three of his field goal attempts and Eli Manning tossed for 256 yards and a touchdown, as the Giants began their post-Plaxico Burress era with a 23-17 win over Washington in a feisty NFC East battle.
Manning had an interception and lost a fumble but was 20-of-29 while spreading the ball around to his new-look receiving corps. Steve Smith led the club with six grabs for 80 yards, and Mario Manningham added three receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown for the reigning division-champion Giants (1-0).
Ahmad Bradshaw led New York with 60 yards on 12 carries, and Osi Umenyiora returned from a one-year absence with a forced fumble he turned into a 37- yard return for a touchdown.
Jason Campbell threw for a pedestrian 211 yards with a touchdown and an interception on 19-of-26 efficiency for the Redskins (0-1), whose offense Sunday looked eerily similar to the unproductive unit that stumbled to a 2-6 record over the second half last year.
Chris Cooley ended with seven catches for 68 yards and a touchdown, while Clinton Portis was held to 62 yards on 16 carries.
Washington made it a one-possession game with a field goal late in the third quarter, but New York embarked on a pair of time-consuming drives in the fourth that all but sealed the game.
Tynes' wobbly 45-yard field goal found its way through the uprights with 11:03 remaining in the game for a 20-10 lead. Following a three-and-out from Washington, Tynes booted a 28-yarder to cap a 10-play, 66-yard drive with just 3:12 left.
Campbell hit Cooley for a 17-yard score with 1:30 to go to keep Washington's chances alive, but New York recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock to preserve the win.
"I think our guys did what we asked them to do coming out," Redskins head coach Jim Zorn said. "The positive thing is we played positive the whole game. We just didn't have the poise in situations where we needed to."
The Giants moved right down the field on their first drive. After Bradshaw was stuffed on 3rd-and-1, the club settled for a 28-yard Tynes field goal to cap the 12-play, 67-yard march midway through the opening frame.
Another good-looking drive for the hosts was halted with back-to-back stuffs of Brandon Jacobs at the Washington three-yard line, the second a fourth-down stop for the 'Skins on the first play of the second quarter.
Manning went to the air the next time the Giants had the ball, which was culminated in a 30-yard TD toss to Manningham five minutes into the stanza.
"Really, the touchdown pass, that was just all [Manningham]," Manning said. "It didn't work as planned but he improvised and made a guy miss and got the touchdown so that's...something that's good to see some of these receivers do. Just make some plays after the catch, make some guys miss and that was great to see that."
The teams traded turnovers in enemy territory, and another Washington giveaway directly resulted in points for the Giants.
Umenyiora, who missed the entire 2008 season with a knee injury, raced into the backfield and stripped Campbell as he was going back to pass. The ball bounced around for several moments before Umenyiora picked it up and raced untouched down the right sideline 37 yards for a touchdown.
"It felt good," Umenyiora said. "I'm just happy I was able to make a play and just happy this team won. They deserve it."
Just before the half, an incompletion on third down from the Giants' eight brought out Washington's kicking unit, and holder Hunter Smith kept the ball and sprinted unabated into the end zone for the successful fake, getting the Redskins on the board.
With three minutes left in a punt-filled third quarter, DeAngelo Hall picked off a Manning pass and returned it 18 yards to the New York 11. The Giants defense hung tough, though, and held the 'Skins to a 27-yard Shaun Suisham field goal.
New York's Danny Ware dislocated his elbow on the opening kickoff. Their first-round pick, wide receiver, Hakeem Nicks also went down in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury...Jacobs had 46 yards on 16 carries...Antwaan Randle El finished with seven catches for 98 yards, while Santana Moss was silenced with just two catches for six yards for Washington.
09/13 20:58:22 ET