- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 13, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants opened defense of their NFC East title the same way they started last season, with a win over the Washington Redskins.

Eli Manning threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Mario Manningham, and defensive end Osi Umenyiora ran back a fumble 37 yards in his return from a knee injury, leading the Giants to a 23-17 win over the Redskins on Sunday.

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Lawrence Tynes added three field goals, including a 45-yarder in the fourth quarter set up by an offside penalty by Redskins $100 million defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who had an average game in his Washington debut.

Washington, which trailed all game, drew within 23-17 with 1:30 to play on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Jason Campbell to Chris Cooley. Steve Smith recovered the onside kick and New York ran out the clock.

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