Fourth quarter: Redskins win, 28-14
The final period began with the Giants backed up to their two yard line, following a sack of Manning that ended the third quarter. On second and 18, Danny Ware caught a screen pass that cornerback DeAngelo Hall stuffed with a nice open-field tackle.
Washington took over at its 42, but disaster struck on third and nine, when Grossman was sacked by defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. The ball came loose, and the Giants’ Michael Boley picked it up and returned it to the 27.
The Giants were unable to get a first down and sent out Lawrence Tynes for a 38-yard field goal try that was blocked by Niles Paul. London Fletcher picked up the ball and ran to the Redskins 30.
From there Washington embarked on a 10-play scoring drive that ended with Gaffney catching a four-yard touchdown on a slant pattern to the middle of the end zone for a 28-14 lead with 5:04 to play.
New York gave Washington a huge break on the drive when on third and nine, Antrel Rolle was called for unnecessary roughness on a seven-yard completion to Fred Davis. That infraction gave the Redskins a first down and the ball at the Giants 33.
Third Quarter: Redskins 21, Giants 14
The Redskins seized the momentum early in the second half when rookie defensive end Ryan Kerrigan tipped Manning’s third-down pass near the line of scrimmage, caught the deflection and returned it nine yards for a touchdown.
The Giants had begun the drive to start the half at their 18, and on second and six, WR Hakeem Nicks was called for a false start. Manning showed his frustration with the miscue by batting the ball between his hands, and two plays later, Kerrigan broke through for the interception.
On Washington’s first possession of the quarter, which started at its 15, the Redskins got a 25-yard pass from Grossman to tight end Fred Davis to their 42. On third and nine from the 43, Grossman scrambled to his left and lofted a pass that Amstrong got his hands on but couldn’t control as he fell to the ground.
The Giants then assembled a promising drive that reached the Redskins 31. But on fourth and one from that spot, Bradshaw was stuffed for no gain.
Hightower lost one yard on first down after the change of possession, and on second and 11, Grossman scrambled to his right and threw to Gaffney along the right sideline on a play officials ruled as a completion.
The play unfolded in front of the Giants sideline, though, and Coach Tom Coughlin threw the red challenge flag. Officials overtuned the call, ruling Gaffney’s foot was out of bounds before the catch.
After a punt, the Giants began the drive on their own 10.
2nd Quarter: Redskins 14, Giants 14
The Redskins tied the game with an 11-play drive that began in the first quarter from their 45. The first play of the second quarter was a six-yard run by Tim Hightower to the Giants 37, but Grossman threw incomplete on third down.
Washington elected to go for it, and Santana Moss came open in the flat. Moss caught the pass just beyond the first-down marker and picked up 11 yards. Hightower then carried twice to the 19.
From there, on third down and two, wide receiver Anthony Armstrong made a diving catch just before the goal line and rolled into the end zone. Officials determined Armstrong was down by contact at the 1. On the next play, Hightower took a handoff around the left side and waltzed into the end zone untouched.
After each team punted on their ensuing possessions, the Giants took the lead on an eight-play, 85-yard drive that culminated in Ahmad Bradshaw’s six-yard burst up the middle.
Manning was able to work the outside during the series, connecting with Marrio Manningham and Nicks on the way to the Redskins 20. Jacobs rumbled for 14 yards on the next play to set up Bradshaw.
Washington came right back though, getting a six-yard touchdown pass from Grossman to Armstrong on a fade to the left boundary in the end zone. Armstrong beat cornerback Aaron Ross for the tying touchdown to finish a drive that included a 39-yard completion to Jabar Gaffney.
First quarter: Giants 7, Redskins 0.
The Giants struck first after Eli Manning’s 68-yard pass to Hakeem Nicks down the right sideline. Nicks worked his way past safety Reed Doughy, who was starting in place of the injured Laron Landry.
The completion took the Giants to the 2-yard line. From there, Manning went play-action, couldn’t find an open teammate and tucked the ball under his right arm on his way to the end zone.
The Redskins responded with an impressive drive to the Giants 16, but Rex Grossman was sacked for a five-yard loss on second and 10, and Graham Gano, who was perfect in the pre-season, pushed a 39-yard field goal attempt wide right.