- The Washington Times - Friday, September 5, 2008

FIRST QUARTER

What happened: The Giants took the opening kickoff and drove 84 yards in 11 plays for a 7-0 lead as Plaxico Burress caught three passes for 60 yards and Fred Smoot was flagged for pass interference in the end zone. The Redskins went three and out after Justin Tuck sacked Jason Campbell on first down. The Giants moved on the ground inside the Washington 10 but settled for a field goal. The Redskins again failed to move the ball, gaining a first down only with a roughing-the-kicker penalty.

Analysis: The Super Bowl champs dominated on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Eli Manning and Burress shredded a Redskins secondary missing cornerback Shawn Springs, a late scratch. The Giants made a point at running at defensive end Jason Taylor, a game-time decision to play despite a sore knee. Campbell was hounded by the Giants’ pass rush, supposedly weakened by retirement and injury, and the Redskins’ running game did little.

Yards

W 7

NY 134

Rush

W 15

NY 58

Pass

W -8

NY 76

Time

5:00

NY 10:00

SECOND QUARTER

What happened: Manning hooked up with Sinorice Moss and Burress on completions of 23 and 16 yards, but the Giants again settled for a field goal. The Redskins failed to pick up a first down, and the Giants followed with another long drive and field goal. Rock Cartwright’s 50-yard kickoff return gave the Redskins possession on the New York 45 just before the two-minute warning. Campbell’s first completion, 13 yards to Antwaan Randle El, and a face-mask penalty gave the Redskins a first down on the New York 11. A 12-yard touchdown pass from Campbell to Santana Moss on third down with 13 seconds left before halftime brought the Redskins within 16-7.

Analysis: Despite being outplayed during the first half, the Redskins showed some resiliency. The defense kept the Giants out of the end zone, and the offense came to life late in the first half. As poorly as they played, the Redskins trailed by nine points at halftime.

Yards

W 44

N 107

Rush

W 19

N 42

Pass

W 25

N 65

Time

W 4:25

N 10:35

THIRD QUARTER

What happened: The Redskins opened the second half with another three-and-out. But the defense again rose up and forced the Giants to punt for the first time. Taking over on their 14, the Redskins showed renewed life on Clinton Portis’ 23-yard run. The drive fizzled when rookie Devin Thomas caught a 5-yard pass on third-and 6. Manning, pressured by Andre Carter, threw an interception to Smoot to give the Redskins the ball on their 36. But three plays netted just 7 yards, and the Redskins punted. Mixing his plays, Manning moved the Giants from their 13 to the Washington 46 at the end of the quarter.

Analysis: The Redskins failed to sustain their momentum from the end of the first half and played the Giants to a stalemate, which is not what they needed. They also failed to capitalize on Smoot’s pick. The defense was stout, but the conservative offense continued to sputter.

Yards

W 49

NY 81

Rush

W 34

NY 31

Pass

W 15

NY 50

Time

W 6:21

NY 8:39

FOURTH QUARTER

What happened: The teams exchanged punts. The Giants ate up yards and the clock but stalled on the Washington 39 when Chris Wilson sacked Manning on third down. With 6:12 left and down by nine, the Redskins again took over on their 10. They advanced, aided by a personal foul penalty and a 26-yard pass to Randle El, but a holding penalty on Chris Samuels and Moss’ dropped pass helped put the Redskins in a fourth-and-13 hole. Unable to throw deep, Campbell hit Ladell Betts well short of a first down, and the Redskins turned the ball over with a little more than two minutes left. They got it back again but with too little time remaining.

Analysis: The Redskins outplayed the Giants in the latter stages and hung in until the end, but they had little to show for it. They made crucial mistakes, and Campbell, wasting precious seconds between plays, showed he is not yet comfortable in the West Coast offense.

Yards

W 109

NY 32

Rush

W 16

Ny 23

Pass

W 93

Ny 9

Time

W 8:31

Ny 6:29

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