Giants Start Season off Right, Defeat Redskins in Opener

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst ISeptember 4, 2008

The New York Giants defeated the Washington Redskins Thursday night, NFL's opening night, by a score of 16-7.

The 2007 Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning handled the snaps for the Giants tonight. He completed 19 out of 35 passes, passed for 216 yards, threw no touchdowns, and one interception.

Jason Campbell was the Redskins' starting QB. He completed 15 out of 27 passes, threw for 133 yards in the air, threw one touchdown, and no picks.

The G-Men scored on their opening drive in the first quarter. It took 11 plays and 84 yards for Manning to run a one yard, rushing touchdown to put the Giants ahead 7-0.

Later in the quarter, Giants' kicker John Carney, who is filling in for the injured Lawrence Tynes, kicked a field goal from 24 yards out to put the Giants up 10-0.

In the second quarter, Carney kicked two more field goals, one from 25 yards out and one from 47 yards out, and the G-Men took a 16-0 lead.

The Redskins finally broke through at the end of the second quarter. Campbell hooked up with his wide out Santana Moss for a 12 yard pass and the 'Skins trailed 16-7.

Both defensive sides held up as neither team scored in the second half and the Giants went on to win.

Giants' running back Brandon Jacobs led the game in rushing, as he had 116 yards on 21 carries.

Plaxico Burress of the G-Men, who signed a contract extension before the game, earned it by leading the game in receiving. He had ten catches and 133 yards, his longest catch being 30 yards.

With the win, the Giants move up to 1-0 on the year while Washington is 0-1.

The Giants will journey to St. Louis to battle the Rams on Sunday, Sep. 14, set for a kickoff time of about 1:00 p.m. ET.