Eli Manning leads the Giants past the Redskins with a strong performance, despite a second half interception.
Sunday night, the New York Giants defeat the Washington Redskins, halting a potential game-tying touchdown drive when Will Hill snatched the ball away from Pierre Garcon, after Garcon had gained a first down on a fourth-down play. New York has now won five of its past six games and move to 5-7 on the season.
Full game grades and analysis are below.
New York - 24
Washington - 17
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at Redskins Week 13
Game Analysis for the New York Giants
Pass Offense: Eli Manning’s third-quarter interception was troubling, as he rushed a throw off heavy third-down pressure, forcing the ball over a well-covered Rueben Randle’s outstretched arms.
However, he was excellent the rest of the game, missing only six passes and spreading the ball around to seven different receivers. His performance was especially impressive, given the heavy pressure he faced at times, especially from his blind side due to poor play by Will Beatty.
Run Offense: After a 200-yard effort last week, this unit struggled Sunday night. Outside of the two 20-plus-yard runs in the first half, New York only managed 30 yards on its other 21 carries.
The primary blame falls on an offensive line that simply failed to provide many running lanes for Andre Brown and Peyton Hillis.
Pass Defense: After a very poor start, the Giants were excellent the rest of the game, mainly due to a strong pass rush. Justin Tuck, who had a stunning four sacks in the second half, including two on critical third-down plays that forced punts, primarily supplied the pressure.
Run Defense: They shut down Morris, but Griffin hurt them off broken pass plays and the option. Fortunately for New York, RG3's decrease in speed, due to offseason knee surgery, and a sloppy field limited him to a long run of only 20 yards.
Special Teams: The highlight for this unit was the punting of Steve Weatherford. He was particularly impressive kicking from the shadow of his own goal line on several occasions.
Also, Josh Brown’s 39-yard field-goal conversion gave the Giants a touchdown lead with under three minutes left in the game, even though the ball barely stayed inside the right upright.
Coaching: While the Redskins were busy dropping passes, accumulating penalties and making other costly mistakes, the Giants played a relatively error-free game. If this was an indication of how Big Blue will play out the string, even with their playoff chances remote, it will at least be encouraging to watch a team that is still clearly motivated to win.
First-Half Analysis for the New York Giants
Pass Offense: They did not have many opportunities, but Eli Manning and Co. failed to expose one of the worst secondary’s in the NFL for most of the first half.
They did, however, begin to find their groove in the two-minute drill right before halftime. The Manning touchdown pass to Brandon Myers was a welcome sight for a tandem that has failed to establish a rapport this season.
Run Offense: Fifty of their 73 yards have come on two plays, but it was still a successful performance for this unit in the first half. The two big runs, one by Peyton Hillis on a 3rd-and-1 and the other for a touchdown by Andre Brown, came at key moments during the Giants' first touchdown drive.
Pass Defense: A poor performance by this unit, especially considering the limited air attack it is facing. Robert Griffin III completed his first 12 passes of the game. He was particularly effective throwing the ball between the hash marks.
Run Defense: They’ve completely shut down Alfred Morris, one of the best running backs in the NFC, by knifing through the Redskins offensive line to stop the second-year player before he can get any forward momentum. Also, they dropped Evan Royster for no gain on a 3rd-and-1 play late in the second quarter to force a Redskins punt.
Special Teams: The only blemish so far was a 13-yard return by Santana Moss off of Steve Weatherford’s first punt attempt. This unit has been significantly improved since the Green Bay Packers game in Week 11.
Coaching: New York lacked defensive intensity to start the game but became more aggressive as the first half moved along. Also, no turnovers and only one penalty is a welcome sight for this squad, which has been mistake-prone for most of the season.