Join us for the second half of the Week 7 Redskins’ live blog as we continue to discuss today’s game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Both teams have been able to move the ball crisply, combining for more than 400 yards of offense, including 94 rushing yards from Redskins rookie running back Alfred Morris. The Giants have one sack against quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has 85 passing yards and a touchdown and 42 rushing yards. Boxscore

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Redskins-Giants: So close, but an NFC East loss


The first battle between these two 10s, Eli Manning was the winner. (Gary Hershorn / Reuters)

That’s it for the chat today, but there’s plenty more for us to discuss this week, on the blog and on Twitter. The Redskins head into the week with a couple of significant questions. Will the team try to bring back Chris Cooley, with Fred Davis out for the season with an Achilles’ injury? And how well will London Fletcher’s hamstring injury respond to treatment? Will he be ready to go — it’s hard to imagine that he won’t — next Sunday in Pittsburgh. See you here, with Gene Wang, next week.

RGIII: “A game we should have won”

Robert Griffin III:

“We definitely moved the ball. Rex [Grossman] told me in the locker room there’s certain games you’ll be a part of that you should have won and you lost. And there’s some you should have lost that you won. We feel like this is a game we should have won that we lost.”

On Eli Manning’s TD to Victor Cruz:

“You feel like your defense is gonna go out and shut them down. Then something like that happens and you just have to move on. We went back on the field, we still had a chance t win the game, and we didn’t do that. It’s kind of hard right now to know what to think, but you’ve got to keep pushing forward and move on to next week.”

On turnovers:

“I was telling guys in the locker room at the end of the game … if we can cut back on that and continue to put points on the board it’s going to be hard to be stopped.”

On interception when ball was headed for Logan Paulsen:

“That was just miscommunication between me and Logan. Like I told him, I had the ball in my hands and I shouldn’t have thrown it. Once I pulled it back I should have moved on to my next read or just thrown it away. Like I told him, that’s my fault, that’s not his fault. I won’t dish any blame.”

Mike Shanahan: Davis out for the season

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan confirms that Fred Davis has an Achilles’ tear. “He’ll be  out for the season.” Davis tells ESPN 980 that the tear is not complete; however, he’s still finished for 2012.

On whether Eli Manning is the best QB in the league in late-game heroics:

“He sure proved it today. Great throw. Double-covered. Hit it right on the money. Big-time throw.”

On Redskins’ last TD drive and Robert Griffin III’s fourth-down play:

“That fourth-and-10, picking up Logan Paulsen was a great play. Not many people make that play. Then he has the presence to scramble to his right and pick up additional yardage. Great throw to Santana [Moss] there in the end zone. Just perfect. Right on the money. That’s what you’re looking for there. He’s come in and worked extremely hard to be where he’s at right now. You can see he handles himself extremely well, especially in pressure situations.”

That’s an understatement. On London Fletcher’s hamstring injury:

“Slight hamstring, can’t tell you anything more than that.” 

Fletcher, via Comcast’s Tarik El-Bashir, said he didn’t come back into the game because he didn’t want to risk further injury or hurt the team.

When the Redskins lose, Shanahan speaks in incomplete sentences.

 

Fumble leaves Redskins on losing end to Giants, 27-23

One series after catching a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, wide receiver Santana Moss caught a pass for 11 yards before fumbling trying to spin out of a tackle. Cornerback Jayron Hosley recovered the loose ball to atone for losing Moss in coverage on the touchdown catch.

Giants hit big play for 27-23 lead

Quarterback Eli Manning completed a 77-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Victor Cruz to give the Giants a 27-23 lead with 1:13 to play. But that may be plenty of time for the Redskins and Robert Griffin III to answer given the lack of defense being played late in the fourth quarter.

Redskins take lead, 23-20


Robert Griffin III alludes Prince Amukamara in 27-23 loss to the New York Giants. (Associated Press)

Quarterback Robert Griffin III completed a 30-yard pass to wide receiver Santana Moss for a touchdown with 1:32 left in regulation. Moss beat cornerback Jayron Hosley to the end zone and caught a perfectly thrown pass from Griffin on second down and six.

Robert Griffin III extends drive

Robert Griffin III avoided two Giants pass rushers to complete a fourth-down pass to tight end Logan Paulsen to extend a critical drive with two minutes to play in the fourth quarter. The Redskins have the ball at their 42-yard line.

Redskins can’t get Giants off the field

On third down and 15 from the Giants 12-yard line, Eli Manning threw a screen pass to backup running back Andre Brown, who weaved through the defense for 17 yards to extend the drive and use valuable time with New York holding a 20-16 lead late in the fourth quarter.

The two faces of Eli

Redskins pull within 20-16


Robert Griffin III has one interception and one lost fumble against the New York Giants. (Associated Press)

Place kicker Kai Forbath booted his third field goal of the game, this from 45 yards, to draw the Redskins within 20-16 with 5:21 to play. The scoring drive came after linebacker Rob Jackson intercepted Eli Manning on the first play from scrimmage following Robert Griffin III’s lost fumble.

Giants give ball right back again

After recovering quarterback Robert Griffin III’s fumble, the Giants gave it right back when quarterback Eli Manning’s pass intended for Hakeem Nicks was intercepted by linebacker Rob Jackson on the first play from scrimmage following the turnover. That was the fifth turnover between the teams in the second half.

Redskins commit third turnover

Quarterback Robert Griffin III fumbled dropping back to pass when defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul tackled the rookie and forced the ball to come lose. Defensive tackle Linval Joseph recovered at the Giants 29 to thwart a potential scoring drive. It was the Redskins’ third turnover after none in the first half.

Giants take 20-13 lead in fourth quarter

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw scored on a one-yard touchdown run on second and goal for a 20-13 lead with 12:55 to play. It was the first touchdown in the second half after three consecutive turnovers between the teams, who combined to score 26 points in the first half.

Third quarter takeaway: Turnovers plague Redskins

   The Redskins continued to move the ball in the third quarter but were plagued by turnovers, a fumble by Alfred Morris and an interception thrown by Robert Griffin III. On the interception, it appeared at first glance that Griffin expected tight end Logan Paulsen to continue running and Paulsen broke off his pattern and stopped. That mixup doesn’t happen, perhaps, if Fred Davis is in the lineup and running that pattern.

 

Griffin throws third interception of season


Running back Alfred Morris is responsible for a third-quarter fumble, but Redskins got it back after Eli Manning was intercepted. (Associated Press)

The Redskins turned the ball over for second consecutive possession when Robert Griffin III had his pass intended for tight end Logan Paulsen intercepted by Stevie Brown, who returned it 11 yards to the Giants 35-yard line. It was the third straight turnover overall after Alfred Morris fumbled and Eli Manning was intercepted.

Giants give the ball back with Manning interception

Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s errant pass intended for tight end Martellus Bennett landed in the arms of cornerback Josh Wilson, who returned it seven yards to the Redskins 16-yard line. It was the third throw that got away from Manning in the game after twice missing Victor Cruz in the first half.

Redskins turn over the ball after penalty

The Redskins were facing first down and 23 after right tackle Tyler Polumbus was called for a leg whip penalty when running back Alfred Morris fumbled. The Giants recovered at took over at their 39-yard line. It was the first lost fumble of the season for Morris.

Fred Davis on the bench

Tight end Fred Davis is sitting on the sideline. He’s using crutches, his foot is in an extended boot. As The Post’s Mark Maske reported, Davis is believed to be out for the season with a torn Achilles.

Redskins punt for first time

Ailing punter Sav Rocca delivers a 33-yard kick on his first punt of the game. The Redskins weren’t sure if Rocca would be able to go today, but they took a chance in not signing a replacement.

Giants end first half with tying field goal


Giants tight end Martellus Bennett has 62 yards receiving on four receptions in the first half. (Reuters)

The Giants moved down the field in the final minutes of the first half to get place kicker Lawrence Tynes’s 39-yard field goal just inside the right upright to tie the game at 13 entering the locker room. The Giants finished with 216 yards in the first half while the Redskins had 223.

Redskins get field goal for 13-10 lead

Place kicker Kai Forbath made a 43-yard field goal that sneaked inside the left upright to give the Redskins a 13-10 lead with 1:54 to play until halftime. The Redskins had moved into Giants territory after a long run by Robert Griffin III and another from rookie running back Alfred Morris.

Giants tie game at 10


Eli Manning misses a touchdown throw to Victor Cruz late in the first half, so Giants settle for a tying field goal. (Associated Press)

The Giants got place kicker Lawrence Tynes’s 27-yard field goal to tie the game at 10 with 3:57 left until intermission, but they could have had a touchdown had it not been for apparent miscommunication between quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Victor Cruz, who ran inside when the ball was thrown to the outside after cornerback Josh Wilson had slipped.

What about Bob?

Redskins regain lead, 10-7


Robert Griffin III engineers a touchdown drive in the second quarter. (Associated Press)

Santana Moss scored on a  26-yard wide receiver screen with 8:52 left in the second quarter to give the Redskins a 10-7 lead. Tight end Logan Paulsen helped spring Moss with a seal block, and the 12-year veteran raced untouched into the end zone to give Robert Griffin III his sixth touchdown pass.

Reed Doughty walks off slowly

Redskins safety Reed Doughty came off the field slowly after the Giants scored a touchdown in the second quarter. Doughty was spotted riding the stationary bike on the sideline. Washington is already limited at the position, so it bears watching the rest of the way if Doughty is unable to come back into the game.

First quarter takeaway: Davis is a player the Redskins can ill afford to lose

   The Redskins had a 17-play, 93-yard drive that took more than nine minutes off the clock. But they had to settle for a field goal. And when Fred Davis limped from the field with a left Achilles’ tendon injury, the drive turned out to be very costly. Davis is a player the Redskins cannot afford to lose. They don’t have a top threat at wide receiver with Pierre Garcon sidelined. With Davis out as well, rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III doesn’t have a lot of help in the passing game.

 

Andre Brown scores for Giants

With starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw ailing a bit, the Giants gave the ball to backup Andre Brown for a one-yard touchdown with 12:46 left until halftime for a 7-3 lead. The Giants had moved to the 1 thanks to a catch by wide receiver Hakeem Nicks on third down.

DeAngelo Hall with another mistake

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall was called for a late hit against Andre Brown after the Giants running back was down. Hall came in well after the play was whistled dead, hitting Brown in the helmet with his shoulder pads late in the first quarter.


Cornerback DeAngelo Hall gets flagged for late hit in first quarter. (Toni L. Sandys/THe Washington Post)

Fred Davis out for rest of game

Redskins tight end Fred Davis has been ruled out for the rest of the game with a left Achilles’ injury. It’s a big loss for Washington, which doesn’t have another player at the position with his receiving skills.

Redskins take 3-0 lead in first quarter

The Redskins moved into the red zone but had to settle for place kicker Kai Forbath’s 20-yard field goal with 2 minutes 17 seconds left in the first quarter. The Redskins used more than nine minutes during the drive and had a touchdown taken away following an illegal shift called against tight end Fred Davis.

Boley vs. Williams

Just what was going on between Trent Williams and Michael Boley? Proof, once again, that it’s almost always the guy who retaliates who gets caught.

Fred Davis leaves game with injury

Redskins tight end Fred Davis left the game limping at first and then unable to put any pressure on his left foot. Trainers had to help Davis to the sideline. The injury doesn’t look good, but stay tuned for more details.

Testy beginning to Redskins-Giants

The Redskins-Giants rivalry is alive and well after Giants linebacker Michael Boley took a swing at left tackle Trent Williams, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Doubtful that will be the last such penalty in this game.

DeJon Gomes takes jarring hit

DeJon Gomes was running down to cover the opening kickoff when Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich delivered a block that left the Redskins safety on his back. Gomes had members of the Redskins training staff tending to him before going to the sideline. Gomes did re-enter later in the game.

Another layer to Redskins-Giants rivalry


Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has warned Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, “Don’t bring it to my side.” (Associated Press)

There’s a lot at stake in today’s game between the Redskins and Giants, with first place in the NFC East at the top of the list. But the Redskins’ first division game also includes the Giants seeking to avenge a pair of losses to Washington last season and comments by defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul cautioning quarterback Robert Griffin III, “Dpn’t bring it to my side.” For his part, Griffin responded diplomatically, but it’s an element of the game worth watching throughout to see if JPP has the wheels to run down RGIII.

Fantasy focus: Redskins at Giants


Wide receiver Santana Moss (89) is a viable bye-week flex play this week with Pierre Garcon ailing. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Oddsmakers have assigned the over/under in today’s Redskins-Giants game at 50.5 points, which is music to fantasy owners’ ears. Eli Manning and Robert Griffin III are must-starts this week, as are Giants wide receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, even though he has been limited in practice. Martellus Bennett is a mid-level TE1 but a good bye-week replacement. On the Redskins side, Alfred Morris has to be in your lineups and Fred Davis continues to be a mid-level TE1 with upside. The wide receivers are a bit more uncertain, but Santana Moss and Leonard Hankerson are viable bye-week flex replacements.