'Skins fall to Giants despite comeback effort

The 'Skins kill themselves by committing 17 penalties for 142 yards.<BR><BR>

The Redskins lost their first game of the season to division rival New York Giants today despite fighting back from a 21-3 deficit at halftime to force the game into overtime. The loss drops Washington's record to 2-1 as they are in a first place tie with the Giants.

The Redskins looked as if they were out of the game at the break as Giants quarterback Kerry Collins threw three touchdown passes to close out the first half. But the ‘Skins would not go away as they would ultimately rally back in the second half.

Quarterback Patrick Ramsey led the charge by throwing two touchdown passes and leading another drive to a field goal. He also completed another pass to convert a two-point conversion. The bounce-back performance in the second half was encouraging as it appears that head coach Steve Spurrier and the Redskins organization have finally found their quarterback of the future.

But even though the team fought back bravely to send the game into overtime, they were unable to prevent the Giants of driving down the field to set up the game-winning field goal after losing the toss in overtime. Kicker Matt Bryant sealed the victory for the Giants by drilling a 29-yard attempt. It was a relief to Bryant and the entire Giants team after their despicable meltdown last Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys.

"If we would've lost this game, my wife better keep her hand on 9-1-1 because I don't know what I was going to do with myself," Giants defensive end Michael Strahan said. "It was hard to get over last week. The last thing we wanted to do was lose another game like that."

It was a pretty even game with the Giants dominating the first half and the Redskins taking control in the second. However, the Redskins killed themselves by committing 17 penalties for 142 yards. The incredibly large amount of penalties could lead to Spurrier inflicting punishment on his team.

"I guess we've got to fine guys who do things like that," Spurrier said. "I didn't think it was that hard to play within the rules, but we're having a hard time doing it."

Despite the loss and the Redskins failure to control the Giants balanced attack—Collins threw for 276 yards and running back Tiki Barber ran for 126—the team proved that they could play with a legitimate team in this league. The Redskins first two wins came in games against the Jets and Falcons who are both starting their backup quarterbacks due to injuries. The Giants are supposed to be one of the elite offensive teams this year behind Kerry Collins's strong arm and the weapons he has at his disposal. The ‘Skins had New York on the ropes in the fourth quarter and were not given the opportunity to produce a knockout punch after losing the coin toss in the extra period.

The Redskins will have a chance to redeem themselves at home next week against the New England Patriots who are coming off a two game winning streak after a 23-16 victory over the New York Jets. They will look to gain ground in the division as the Giants have a bye and the 1-1 Cowboys have an away game against the Jets after their bye this week. The Eagles will take their 0-2 record into Buffalo with an away game against the Bills.


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