No Plax, no problem for Giants against ‘Skins
The New York
They added something just as valuable, a healthy
Returning from a major knee injury that wiped out his 2008 season, Umenyiora scored on a 37-yard fumble return after knocking a ball loose on a sack in leading the
“It was unbelievable and now all that is in the past,” Umenyiora said after his first meaningful game since the Super Bowl in February 2008. “I can’t even explain it to you, when something like that is taken away from you. Last year I missed it. I was happy I was able to come back in there.”
So were the
The game-breaking play was Umenyiora’s second-quarter return. The two-time Pro Bowler beat tackle
“To be honest, I don’t know what happened,” Umenyiora said. “That’s the way most plays are made. You just go out there and sometimes good things happen. They always get on me about knocking the ball out and not picking it up. When I saw it, I just picked it up.”
“Osi made a great play on the ball,” said Campbell, who was 19 of 26 for 211 yards and an interception. “It’s something you have to understand as a quarterback you have to feel it more or slide up in the pocket.”
Campbell held it too long, and Umenyiora made him and the
Washington, which trailed all game, drew within 23-17 with 1:30 to play on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Campbell to
Washington also got an 8-yard touchdown run from punter
“Not only was it a W, but it was against an
There are still questions to be answered with the receivers, especially with top draft pick
The defense was outstanding, limiting Washington to 272 yards, forcing two turnovers and getting three sacks. Washington’s two touchdowns were on the gadget play and one late one after Tynes kicked his third field goal for a 23-10 lead in the closing minutes.
Tynes’ 28-yard field goal gave New York an early 3-0 lead and Manningham personally stretched it to 10-0 after taking a short pass from Manning. The second-year receiver deked
Washington, which ran itself out of a scoring opportunity on its opening series with an ill-advised gadget play, used one to get on the board with 21 seconds left in the half. Faced with a fourth-and-goal at the
“It was really neat, but it would have been neater had we been able to capitalize and win the game,” Smith said.
Suisham’s short field goal was set up by Hall’s interception of Manning deep in New York territory.
“Not getting seven on that hurt us,” said