With RDE Jason Taylor pressuring him from his blind side, Eli Manning threw a pass to WR Domenik Hixon a little early. Hixon wasn't expecting the pass so soon, and CB DeAngelo Hall intercepted it at Washington's 25 in the second quarter. Manning threw a perfect pass down the Giants' sideline to Amani Toomer, who got just enough separation from CB Fred Smoot to catch a 40-yard touchdown early in the first quarter. Bottom Line: Manning played extremely well in terrible conditions.
RB Brandon Jacobs gained only 15 yards on his first nine carries, but his 23-yard gain early in the third quarter was instrumental in a scoring drive that he capped with a 1-yard run for a 20-7 lead. RB Derrick Ward broke the attempted leg tackle of MLB H.B. Blades around the Giants' 40 and ran for almost another 30 yards on a 48-yard reception that led to K John Carney's 38-yard FG early in the second quarter. Bottom Line: Jacobs and Ward were effective again against the Redskins.
WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS
WR Amani Toomer got blasted by FS LaRon Landry, but held on for a 17-yard catch that moved the Giants to Washington's 38 around the midway mark of the second quarter. WR Domenik Hixon leaped, twisted and caught a 13-yard pass on a third-and-8 play from the Giants' 31, then made a 15-yard catch on third-and-9 from their 45 to extend their game-opening drive, which resulted in Toomer's touchdown catch. Each of Hixon's five catches accounted for first downs. Bottom Line: They proved yet again that they can win without Plaxico Burress.
RDT Anthony Montgomery overpowered LG Rich Seubert to drop Manning for a 6-yard sack on a third-and-goal play from Washington's 7 late in the first quarter. The Giants settled for 31-yard FG by Carney and a 10-0 lead on the next play. RG Chris Snee flattened RCB Carlos Rogers near the Giants' 30, a block that enabled Ward to run another 40 yards for a 48-yard reception early in the second quarter. Bottom Line: They protected well and opened holes, like usual.
With the Giants ahead 20-7 and about 10 minutes left in the game, LDE Justin Tuck snuck around Washington's offensive front and dropped RB Clinton Portis in the Redskins' backfield on a fourth-and-1 play from Washington's 39. DT Barry Cofield ran by LG Pete Kendall, turned back up the field and dropped QB Jason Campbell for an 8-yard sack early in the second quarter. Cofield forced a fumble on the play, too, but RG Randy Thomas recovered the ball at Washington's 41. Bottom Line: They sacked Campbell three times and helped keep Portis in check (22 yards).
Campbell was headed toward the open field, but SLB Danny Clark cut him off, forced him out of bounds and limited Campbell to a 2-yard gain on a second-and-8 play from Washington's 30 late in the third quarter. Bottom Line: MLB Antonio Pierce played well, despite distractions.
RCB Aaron Ross got good position in front of WR Antwaan Randle El, left his feet and intercepted Campbell's pass at the Giants' 5, with 5:53 to go in the third quarter. LCB Corey Webster's right hand barely grazed the facemask of WR Santana Moss near the line of scrimmage, but the infraction cost Webster an interception near the Redskins' 20. WR Devin Thomas' end around went for a 29-yard score on the next play, which cut the Giants' lead to 13-7 at the 8:40 mark of the second quarter. Bottom Line: They limited Moss' contributions for the second time this season.
None of K John Carney's six kickoffs landed inside Washington's 5, but he drilled all three FG attempts. P Jeff Feagles mishandled LS Jay Alford's snap on an extra point in the first quarter, but quickly set the ball, just in time for Carney to connect after Toomer's 40-yard touchdown catch 4:56 into the game. Carney's concentration was also important, as he stopped his kicking motion and still got enough on the kick to make the extra point. Bottom Line: Carney's contributions were more than enough.
Tom Coughlin cost the Giants a chance to extend their lead just before halftime, when he failed to call a timeout prior to a snap that resulted in Manning failing to get a first down on fourth-and-1 from Washington's 38. Coughlin's challenge mastery continued at the two-minute warning of the first half, when what was initially ruled an incompletion was changed to an 11-yard catch for WR Steve Smith, who got his hands underneath a Manning pass at the Giants' 36. Bottom Line: The Giants have won 15 of their last 16 games that count.
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