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

Joshua Morgan.

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

quarters.

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

season.

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

roughness penalties.

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

quarter.

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

score stood.

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.

30.

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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