RG3 fumble nets TD; NYG lead Skins 16-10 after 3
Eli Manning’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett and
three field goals by Lawrence Tynes helped the New York Giants take
a 16-10 lead into the fourth quarter Monday night against the
Washington Redskins, whose only TD came when Robert Griffin III’s
fumble was grabbed on the fly and run into the end zone by receiver
Another fumble by the Redskins – this one by Alfred Morris,
midway through the third quarter – was recovered by the Giants and
set off a melee, before leading to one of Tynes’ kicks.
That was the only scoring in that period, after a flurry of
points late in the second quarter.
Manning’s TD toss put New York ahead 10-7 with about 2 1/2
minutes left in the first half, capping a 13-play, 85-yard drive
that lasted nearly 7 1/2 minutes and included conversions on
third-and-10, second-and-16 and second-and-20.
Washington responded with Kai Forbath’s 33-yard field goal with
41 seconds remaining. But Tynes’ second field goal of the game, a
40-yarder as time expired after a 28-yard pass from Manning to
Bennett, put New York back in front 13-10 at halftime.
It was part of a strong, if low-scoring, showing for New York’s
offense against Washington’s struggling defense: The reigning Super
Bowl champions compiled a big edge in time of possession (28:55 to
16:05) and 379-274 advantage in total yards through three
With a 7-yard gain on the next-to-last play of that quarter,
Griffin reached 707 yards rushing for the season, breaking Cam
Newton’s NFL record for a rookie quarterback of 706, set last
Midway through the third quarter, on third-and-1 from the
Washington 39, Griffin took off for only his second run of the game
and gained 46 yards before getting dragged down by the shirttail by
safety Stevie Brown at the New York 15.
On the next play, Morris fumbled when hit by Chase Blackburn,
setting off a scramble to recover the ball near the sideline. With
penalty flags flying, Keith Rivers recovered the ball and the
Giants took over at their 9.
Meanwhile, in the scrum, Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph
yanked at Redskins center Will Montgomery’s leg. Montgomery kicked
at Linval in response, and Linval stomped at Montgomery. Joseph and
a Redskins player were whistled for offsetting unnecessary
The ensuing Giants possession included Manning’s 49-yard pass to
Victor Cruz, but New York once again settled for a field-goal
attempt. Tynes made a 35-yard kick to put New York ahead 16-10 with
a little more than 3 minutes left in the third quarter.
Tynes missed a 43-yard attempt wide left early in the second
With the Redskins trailing 3-0 after Tynes’ 39-yard kick on the
Giants’ opening possession, the hosts went ahead by going 80 yards
on only four plays – including a wacky one for the score.
On second-and-2 from the New York 28, Heisman Trophy winner
Griffin ran to his left – his only rush of the first half – and was
being tackled by Brown after what would have been a 12-yard gain.
But as Griffin fell with his back to the ground, the football
popped out, and went right to Morgan 3 yards farther upfield.
Morgan raced 13 yards and broke through two would-be tacklers at
the goal line for the TD with a little under 4 1/2 minutes left in
the first quarter. After being reviewed, the original call of a
It’s the second time this season a fumble by the man known as
RG3 was picked up and taken into the end zone by a Redskins
receiver. Pierre Garcon did it in a victory over Tampa Bay on Sept.
Monday’s first quarter also included a 19-yard gain by Redskins
running back Alfred Morris, making him only the second Washington
rookie to top 1,000 yards rushing. Reggie Brooks did it 1993.
Giants safety Tyler Sash left in the first half with a hamstring
injury and eventually was ruled out for the game. Offensive tackle
Will Beatty hurt his shoulder in the third quarter and his return
was listed as probable.
The Giants entered the game in first place in the division with
a 7-4 record and coming off a turnaround 38-10 victory over the
Green Bay Packers.
The Redskins came in 5-6, but with a two-game winning streak
that made them believe their once-disastrous season could
eventually result in a playoff berth.
Redskins linebacker London Fletcher and left tackle Trent
Williams, who were limited in practice by injuries Friday and
Saturday, both started Monday night. The 37-year-old Fletcher
extended his consecutive games streak to 236 – every game in his
15-year NFL career.
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