Turnovers help Giants beat Redskins

Here is what went right and what went wrong in Sunday's game...

What went right

* Defensively, a lot went right for New York, as they forced a mind-boggling seven turnovers. The Giants hadn't forced seven TOs in a game since beating the Redskins in DC in 1986. They capitalized on mistake after mistake by the Redskins and made the stops when they needed to en route to the win.

* Barrett Green scored his first career TD on a 16-yard fumble return, giving the Giants a 14-7 lead they never relinquished.

* Tim Carter recorded his first-ever TD, grabbing a 38-yard Kurt Warner pass in the middle of the end zone.

* Kurt Warner was very efficient, completing 22-of-33 passes for 232 yards and a TD.

* Among New York's four picks, two were turned in by offseason signee Brent Alexander.

* Despite some offensive struggles, the Giants obviously made enough plays, most notably Amani Toomer's 11-yard catch on third-and-nine late in the fourth quarter that kept the clock running.

What went wrong

* The Giants kept Washington in the game despite them repeatedly coughing up the ball to Big Blue. The Giants running game was poor, averaging only 2.2 yards per carry. New York ran the ball 28 times for only 62 yards, including a nine-for-12 effort from Ron Dayne.

* Dayne again struggled in short yardage, being dropped for a loss of one on a fourth-and-one early in the second quarter.

* New York's only turnover could have been very costly. Willie Ponder, who's done a fine job returning kickoffs, coughed one up near midfield on the ensuing kickoff after Washington had cut New York's lead to 20-14.

* Fortunately the Giants were able to hold on, otherwise kicker Steve Christie might have come under some fire. He missed a pair of field goals, from 47 and 51 yards.

* Rookie Chris Snee had some trouble with his biological clock, being penalized for false starts on three different occasions.

Stat worth noting: Sometimes stats can be misleading. Such is the case of New York's alarming inability to move the chains, yet ability to walk out of their home opener with a victory. The Giants were 1-of-13 on third downs (a whopping 8 percent) and 0-for-2 on fourth down. Ninety-nine times out of 100 those numbers aren't going to fly.

Stat worth noting II: A week after being beaten repeatedly by the Eagles, the Giants secondary really answered the bell. The starting quartet of Will Allen, Will Peterson, Shaun Williams and Brent Alexander combined for 24 tackles, 2 INTs, 5 pass breakups and two forced fumbles. Not a bad day at the office.

Turning point: All the momentum was on Washington's side after they effortlessly marched down the field for a 7-0 lead, then stopped Ron Dayne on a fourth-down carry. But Fred Robbins, who played the game of his life, halted the Redskins momentum right in its tracks. He sacked Mark Brunell and forced a fumble, which was recovered by Michael Strahan. On the next play, Kurt Warner went up top to Tim Carter for a 38-yard game-tying TD. While it got hairy at times, the Giants never looked back.

Play to remember: Fred Robbins turning in his first career INT, an extremely athletic play during which he tipped the pass to himself before picking it off.

Play to forget: Redskins H-back Chris Cooley was wide open for Washington's first score. The Giants defense totally bit on Brunell's play-action fake and Cooley was all by himself for the 2-yard catch.

What they said

"I think it was a huge confidence builder. It was one win, and it was a deserved win. Defensively it was a great chance for us to go out and respond and try to go out and win a game." – Giants FS Brent Alexander

"You are not going to win games up here when you make the mistakes we made." – Redskins coach Joe Gibbs

By the numbers

1: Giants winning streak after they had dropped nine consecutive regular season contests.

7: Total Giants forced turnovers. Last season they forced only 22 all season long.

16: The amount of yards lost on a reverse attempt by Laveranues Coles, a speedy 193-pounder that was dragged down by New York's 330-pound Norman Hand.

18: Years since the Giants last forced an opponent – also Washington – into seven turnovers.

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