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Will Hill sealed the victory with a strip.
At the game's outset, New York's future didn't look too bright.
While the Giants were apparently still getting off the bus mentally, the Redskins were handing it to their NFC East rivals on both sides of the ball. Robert Griffin III led his team on a methodical opening drive to give the 'Skins an early lead. Manning was sacked on the Giants' first offensive play from scrimmage.
With the offense going nowhere, the Redskins quickly built up a 14-0 lead in the second quarter. From there, the Giants could have packed it in. They could have accepted that they were probably not going to win the game.
However, instead of rolling over and handing Washington the coveted victory, New York responded.
The Giants scored 14 points in the back-half of the second quarter, knotting the game up at 14 points apiece before intermission. They gave themselves a fighting chance in the second half—one upon which they were eventually able to capitalize.
Again, the Giants could have packed it in when Manning threw his third-quarter interception. The defense had held Washington in check since its first two scoring drives, but the short field would give them an opportune moment to recapture the lead.
That the Redskins did, but only by three, as the defense held firm allowing just a field-goal attempt.
From there, the Giants caught a series of breaks on a botched punt play, setting up a chance to claim the lead for the first time in the game. Never before had New York shown such late-game poise in 2013.
After going up by four on the Brown touchdown run, the defense remained stingy. A Josh Brown field goal extended the lead to seven points, as New York stymied any and all of Washington's efforts to advance the ball into scoring position.
On the final meaningful play of the game, safety Will Hill ripped the ball from a Redskin's hands.
And with that, the deal was sealed.