Tuck Was Hungry, Giants Remain Alive, Down Redskins 24-17
Justin Tuck racked up 4 sacks, Beason had 17 tackles, and the Giants held off the Redskins to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The defense’s main goal was to stop Alfred Morris and that is exactly what they did. The 2nd year man out of Florida Atlantic had 11 carries for only 26 yards with a one yard score. Compared to what he did last year against the Giants, it was night and day.
Robert Griffin had 12 rushes for 88 yards but had Beason on his tail almost every time he escaped the pocket, forcing him out of bounds, limiting him from getting too far up field.
The Giants could only muster up 80 yards on the ground between Hillis and Brown, 71 of them coming in the first half.
Brandon Myers had himself a big day with 5 receptions for 61 yards and a score. Eli was finally able to find him up the seam multiple times Sunday night, once for a score.
Brian Orakpo was the star for the Redskins this week. He had 2 sacks and was beating Will Beatty on practically every snap, forced Eli to throw an interception as well.
Quick Blow By Blow:
The Redskins came out firing with a no huddle offense that went 73 yards in 14 plays that chewed up 7:06 on the play clock. The drive was capped off by an Alfred Morris 1-yard plunge to put the Skins up 7-0.
The Giants were quick to catch on to the Redskins plan, having 1st and 2nd down plays called before huddling on 3rd down.
Skins went up 14-0 after a 19 yard strike to tight end Logan Paulsen.
From then on, it was all New York Giants.
After having the ball for only 3:22 seconds, and gaining 5 yards in the 1st, the offense started to click.
First Giants possession of the 2nd quarter showcased the Giants running back tandem of Andre Brown and Peyton Hillis. Hillis had carries for 8 and and 27 yards which put the Giants in a great situation. Brown took over from there with a 7 yard reception followed by a 23 yard run to the house bringing the score to 14-7.
Eli took over on the Giants last drive of the half with 6 completions, the final one being a 22 yard toss to Brandon Myers up the seam to make it 14-14.
The Redskins intercepted an errant pass by Eli on the Giants second drive in the 3rd quarter but could only get a field goal out of it. 17-14.
Towards the end of the 3rd quarter, the Redskins were punting the ball away. The snap was low and bobbled and the punt was partially blocked by Damontre Moore which gave the Giants great field position.
It was Eli again who drove the Giants down the field with passes to Cruz and Myers which brought the ball to the 1 yard line. Then it was Andre Brown with the extra effort laying on top of defenders and reaching over the goal line. 21-17.
Josh Brown added a 39 yard field goal that barely got inside the right upright to tack on 3 more. 24-17.
The last drive for the Redskins was controversial but ended in a Will Hill strip and recover of Pierre Garcon.