This time last year: 5-9
Time of game: 3:14
By the Numbers
323 – Yards rushing by Clinton Portis in two trips to the Meadowlands this season.
12:52 – Time left in second quarter when Todd Collins completed his first pass.
34 – Number of incompletions by Eli Manning.
21 – Yards one of Derrick Frost's punts rolled, resulting in a 51-yarder.
14 – Number of possessions by the Giants.
10 – Game-high number of tackles by safety Reed Doughty.
5 – Number of drives lasting more than five plays.
9 – Number of dropped passes by Giants receivers.
Stat that matters: The Redskins rushed for 153 yards and averaged 4.4 yards per carry, offsetting Todd Collins' eight for 25 passing day.
Stat that matters II: Plaxico Burress finished with three receptions for 35 yards. In the first meeting, Burress caught five passes for 86 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown.
Turning point: The Redskins opened the second half with a five-play, 46-yard drive capped by a five-yard Clinton Portis touchdown run. It gave Washington a 22-3 lead and left New York in a major hole from which it never recovered.
Play to remember: On third and nine from the New York 14, Al Saunders called for a draw. The Giants weren't ready and Ladell Betts burst through the middle for a touchdown, running through three New York defenders inside the 5.
Play to forget: Rookie LaRon Landry got a little excited after breaking up a pass with a jarring hit of Burress. Landry taunted Burress drawing a penalty. Instead of fourth and 1 from the Redskins' 48, the Giants had first and 10 from the 33. The drive ended in a field goal.
What Went Right
…The Giants started two drives in Redskins territory in the first half. That could have resulted in trouble, but the defense came through. They stopped New York on a fourth and 1 at the 39 and later forced a punt after three plays. The defense enabled the offense to find a rhythm with these stops.
…The Redskins were able to avoid turning the ball over, a major key in winning on the road. Washington's backs did an excellent job of covering the ball going through the hole and Todd Collins' passes were rarely in trouble of being intercepted. The Redskins have hurt themselves in other games with self-inflicted wounds, but they won by doing the opposite this time around.
…The Giants had a case of the dropsies all night. The unofficial count was eight drops, but there were others that could have been caught that weren't. Amani Toomer, usually sure-handed, dropped a wide-open toss at the Redskins' 43-yard line in the third quarter with no defender within 10 yards.
What Went Wrong
…The Redskins opted to go for a two-point conversion after their final touchdown, a curious call. They could have gone up 23-3, meaning New York would need to score four times to beat them. Instead, they missed the two-pointer and the Giants – with two, two-point conversions and a field goal – could have tied them. Take the points next time. That seemed to be overcoaching.
…Washington had a rough night on third downs. The Redskins converted just three of 15 (compared to five of 19 for New York). That's one big reason why New York managed to run 20 more plays than the Redskins, a stat that could have, and probably should have, hurt them.
…The Redskins' Anthony Montgomery recovered a fumble at the New York 45-yard line, forced by a hustling Andre Carter. But the Redskins couldn't do anything with the good fortune, punting after only three plays netted six yards.
Game Story: Redskins 22, Giants 10
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