Rashad Jennings got the party started for Big Blue—not with the running game—but with a blocked punt in the first quarter that bounced through the end zone for a safety. The Giants gained the early 2-0 advantage, and cornerback Prince Amukamara followed up Jennnings' heroics with a play of his own stepping in front of a Kirk Cousins pass and returning the ball inside the Redskins 1-yard line.
Andre Williams did the rest and after Josh Brown’s extra point suddenly the Giants found themselves up 9-0.
Washington would respond as Cousins marched his unit 54 yards on 10 plays capped by a 44-yard field goal by placekicker Dustin Hopkins.
The Giants answered by driving to the Redskins 18-yard line and on 3rd-and-7 Eli Manning slung a pass to Larry Donnell, but the tight end let the ball slip out of his grasp and New York was forced to settle for three points.
The Giants and Redskins traded a field goals to increase the score to 18-6 before Odell Beckham Jr. burst onto the scene and ballooned New York’s advantage.
On 2nd-and-10 from the Washington 30, Manning dropped back and fired a pass for Beckham who dove in the middle of the end zone to haul in the first touchdown of the game. New York built a 25-6 lead and it looked like the Redskins would go quietly into the night. Cousins found Cris Thompson for a 4-yard touchdown and Jamison Crowder hauled in the two-point conversion to make it 25-14 Giants.
On the ensuing offensive possession Rueben Randle made a spectacular catch that bounced off his pads and into his hands for a 41-yard score.
Kick returner Rashad Ross took the kickoff back 101-yards to close the gap to 32-21. Washington’s late game surge put a scare into the Giants, but they ultimately held on for their first victory of the season.