EXCERPTS FROM EXTERNAL NEWS ARTICLES REGARDING THE NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS ARE POSTED UNDER THEIR SOURCES. MISCELLANEOUS SPORTS ARTICLES ARE POSTED UNDER THE "MISCELLANEOUS" SECTION AT THE END OF THE THREAD. LINKS FOR ALL LISTED SOURCES ARE INCLUDED TO ALLOW MEMBERS TO INDEPENDENTLY BROWSE AT THEIR LEISURE.
NEWARK STAR LEDGER
Giants' Defense No Match for RGIII and Redskins
Excerpt: "The Giants insisted the second time around would be different. That after surrendering 248 rushing yards to Robert Griffin III and company in their Week 7 meeting, they were prepared to slow down the Redskins’ unique read-option offense.
For the first half Monday night, the defense played the part. Aided by the offense’s ability to dominate the time of possession – a 20:32 to 9:28 advantage — the Giants held the Redskins to 57 rushing yards, 156 overall, and 10 points at the half.
But in the second half, though the Giants held the Redskins to just seven points, the unit couldn’t get off the field for minutes at a time, especially when it mattered most down the stretch as the Redskins pounded 150 yards after halftime. The Redskins extended crucial drives, including the final possession that swallowed the final 3:51 to keep the Giants offense off the field, on the way to a 17-16 comeback win at FedEx Field. " Read more...
Giants' Sean Locklear Suffers Apparent Serious Knee Injury
Excerpt: 'Sean Locklear, who has started in fill-in duty at both left and right tackle this season, was carted off during the fourth quarter of Monday night’s game against the Redskins with a serious knee injury.
Locklear’s right leg was bent awkwardly after it got rolled up on during a running play. Locklear slammed the ground and looked to be in excruciating pain as he was taken off the field.
Afterward, coach Tom Coughlin only confirmed a knee injury for Locklear.
RGIII's arrival rekindles Giants-Redskins Rivalry
Excerpt: "The smiling face of current and future Giants torment was coming down a hallway at FedEx Field when it turned just enough to notice a female fan standing in a doorway.
Robert Griffin III nodded just once, but the reaction was like everything involving the rookie quarterback in this football-mad market. It was a display of absolutely over-the-top, unbridled joy.
“Did you see that?” the woman yelled to a security guard. “DID YOU SEE THAT?! He looked at me!! You saw that, right?”
And so it begins. The Redskins defeated the Giants, 17-16, for a lot of reasons Monday night, and the visitors insisted that most of them were their own doing. They are probably right, of course. When you commit as many dumb penalties and attempt as many weak arm tackles as the Giants did, you won’t win many games in the NFL.
Still, it was hard not to feel like this was more than one crushing NFC East loss. It wasn’t a changing of the guard, not so long as the Giants still have Eli Manning in his prime, but the rekindling of a rivalry that will define both of these franchises for the next few years.
Because, as long as Griffin is lining up behind center for the Redskins, this is going to be one of the most entertaining matchups in the NFL, and the result likely will shape the division standings." Read more...
Giants Fall To Redskins, 17 - 16, Now Hold One-Game Lead Over Washington And Dallas In NFC East
Excerpt: "The Giants knew what this game meant. A win here, against their rival Redskins, would be a blow to perhaps their most dangerous contender in the NFC East. Heck, with some of the losses in the conference Sunday, it could even help their positioning toward a first-round bye.
But they seem to like to make things difficult, don’t they?
The Giants surrendered Monday night’s opportunity, falling to the explosive Redskins, 17-16. Now, they are just one game ahead of both the Cowboys and the Redskins in the division, having split a season series with each. And a difficult four-game schedule looms.
Quarterback Eli Manning was on point in the first half, d***ling with his arm and winning the rematch with rookie Robert Griffin III. Their 13-10 halftime lead portended well: Per ESPN, the Giants had won 26 straight road games in which they’d led at the half, dating back to 2006.
Not this one. And even though Manning had delivered 25 comeback wins from fourth-quarter deficits in his career — including the teams’ first meeting back in October — he couldn’t pull off the escape this time." Read more...
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.
UNBE-THREE-VABLE! Redskins' Rookie QB Too Much For Giants This Time, 17 - 16
Excerpt: "This time the Washington Redskins didn’t give Eli Manniga chance for any late-game magic. This time they kept him pinned to the sidelines instead.
Eli & Co. Can't Mann Up In Red Zone
And when they finished running out the clock on the Giants and held on for a narrow, 17-16 win, they announced that the race for the NFC East title is definitely back on.
That’s because the Giants blew a chance to build on their division cushion with a stinker of an effort on Monday night. They committed a season-high nine penalties, including six by their sloppy offense, that kept them stalled for most of the game. The Giants got 280 yards from Eli Manning and 103 from Ahmad Bradshaw, but only managed to score one touchdown.
And when Robert Griffin III threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon with 11:31 remaining, the Redskins (6-6) had just enough breathing room to pull within one game of the Giants (7-5) with four games to play.
“This isn’t real complicated,” Tom Coughlin said. “I don’t know what happened in the second half. We certainly didn’t come out to play. Penalties. Sloppy football.”
That actually was the theme of the game for the defending champs, but it became much more pronounced in the second half, when the Giants were held to just a field goal. All of a sudden their defense couldn’t contain Griffin (13-for-21, 163 yards; 72 yards rushing on five carries) or running back Alfred Morris (22 carries, 124 yards). And their offense couldn’t sustain a drive.
And the penalties were killers. Such as the holding call on offensive lineman Jim Cordle after David Wilson had returned a fourth-quarter kickoff all the way to the 50. The penalty pushed the Giants back to their own 8 and they ended up going three-and-out.
When they got the ball back again, they managed to cross midfield with less than five minutes remaining on an 11-yard pass from Manning to tight end Martellus Bennett (five catches, 82 yards). But a holding penalty on left tackle Will Beatty negated that and short-circuited the drive." Read more...
Excerpt: "Eli Manning seemed sharp. Ahmad Bradshaw and the ground game were rolling. And Victor Cruz, seemingly sleepwalking throughout November, finally had awakened.
And that all added up to exactly one touchdown in Monday night's 17-16 loss to the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. One week ago, the Giants seemed to have their offensive woes all figured out, exploding for 38 points in a rout of the Packers.
But against the Redskins, the offense slipped back into another red zone coma. The stats looked pretty, with Manning throwing for 276 yards and the Giants piling up 390 yards of total offense. Yet it took Manning and Co. nearly an entire half to find the end zone, and when they needed it most — in the pivotal fourth quarter — an offense that's supposed to be explosive turned pop gun.
“We had to drive the ball down and get scores (in the fourth quarter),” Manning said. “And we couldn’t do it.”
The same Manning-led offense that was so clutch in the fourth quarter last season — and began 2012 in similar fashion — fell apart in the end. Things seemed to click in the first half, when tight end Martellus Bennett caught five passes for 82 yards and scored a TD just 2:32 before halftime. Big Blue rolled up 273 total yards in building a 13-10 lead.
Cruz had been held without a 100-yard game since Oct. 21, the last time the Giants faced the Redskins. But with Bennett rolling, Cruz finally found room to roam. The receiver made three first-half catches — including a 30-yarder down the sideline — and finished with five catches and 104 yards.'" Read more...
Hakeem Nicks Takes One On The Nose
Excerpt: "Hakeem Nicks now has another injury to deal with. Nicks, who recently recovered from knee and foot issues, took a hard hit midway through the first half of the Giants’ 17-16 loss in Washington on Monday while attempting to catch a pass at midfield.
Giants' Joseph Says He Held Back On Stomp
He immediately got up and left the game but returned to finish with a nasty bruise on his nose. He said it was not broken, but he was struggling to talk.
“I don’t know what happened, but blood was spewing everywhere,” Nicks said. “I think I just landed right on my face,” he added. “That’s what caused it.” Read more...
Excerpt: "Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph said he doesn’t think he “deserved” the unnecessary roughness penalty he incurred in the third quarter of Monday night’s 17-16 loss to the Redskins. But he also knows it’s not up to him to make the call.
With 6:56 left in the third, Redskins tailback Alfred Morris rushed the ball down the sideline to the Giants nine, then had the ball punched out by linebacker Chase Blackburn. Giants linebacker Keith Rivers pounced on the ball, but as players piled on top of him, Joseph and Redskins lineman Will Montgomery got into a minor altercation.
Joseph appeared to pull Montgomery’s leg from the pile, and the lineman kicked at Joseph. It looked as if Joseph stomped on Montgomery in retaliation, but he said he did not.
“It took me everything not to hit him back, because I didn’t want to hurt the team, I didn’t want to get fined,” Joseph said. “I started (to stomp), then I stopped.”
Joseph drew an unnecessary roughness penalty on the play, as did Redskins OL Kory Lichtensteiger, who was also involved in an altercation on the play. The penalties were offsetting." Read more...
Giants Try To Grind It Out, But It's Redskins Who Are All-In
Excerpt: "The Redskins, powered by a rookie quarterback with a flair for the dramatic, brought the flash and d***le to FedEx Field on Monday night.The Giants brought a hammer, a pounding rushing attack designed to milk the clock and keep the explosive Robert Griffin III off the field and keep their defense fresh enough to chase him down when he was out there.
It was a suspenseful game of cat and mouse. As the Giants would methodically move down the field, using running back Ahmad Bradshaw as a battering ram, the Redskins were hitting big plays in rapid fire order to rip up and down the field. because it wasn't a high scoring affair through three quarters. Soon, you got the feeling that the team that had the ball in its hands last would win it.
That was the way it unfolded the first time the two teams played, with Washington churning out 480 yards and the Giants winning the game with a late 77-yard TD pass from Eli Manning to Victor Cruz.
In the end that is the way it worked — for the Redskins. Washington had the ball last and Griffin milked the final 3:51 off the clock, taking the ball away from Manning this time. The result was a bitterly disappointing 17-16 loss for the Giants, who at 7-5 are only one game ahead of the Redskins and the Cowboys in the NFC East.
The Giants were left to bemoan a wasted opportunity to gain a stranglehold on the division. They were undone by too many penalties at crucial moments, a missed field goal, the inability to score on their last two drives in the fourth quarter and defensive lapses that gave Griffin more than enough chances to beat them.
“We had an opportunity,” said Tom Coughlin. “Now there is one team with seven (wins) and two teams with six and four games to go.”'
When asked why they had so many uncharacteristically crushing penalties, linebacker Michael Boley had three words.
“Lack of discipline,”' he said. “That’s what it came down to and Coach talks about it all the time.” Read more...
THE NEW YORK POST
RGIII Overwhelms Giants, Leads Washington Back Into NFC East Race
Excerpt: "The Kid had FedEx Field rocking like it was RFK Stadium in the glory days last night.
It had been five long, frustrating years since Washington last played a truly meaningful December home game, but Robert Griffin III made it worth the wait in a 17-16 victory over the Giants that had the capacity crowd of 80,246 singing “Hail to the Redskins” at the top of their lungs on the way out.
The Giants had seen this before from the sensational rookie quarterback, who torched them for nearly 400 all-purpose yards out of the option attack in a close October loss at the Meadowlands, but that didn’t mean Big Blue had any better solution for Griffin the second time around.
“We weren’t going to let this one slip away,” Griffin said as he did his postgame press conference from the podium while still in full uniform, including cleats, arm sleeve and glove. “We took the approach that this was the only game we had, and that if we lost, our season was done.”
Although Griffin didn’t have the same gaudy numbers in the primetime rematch, he was just as effective — and the end result was certainly better — as the 6-6 Redskins got back to .500 and continued a surprising run of mastery over their NFC East rivals.
This wasn’t all Griffin’s doing (rookie back Alfred Morris and veteran wideout Pierre Garcon also came up big), but the reigning Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor was certainly the catalyst, completing 13-of-21 passes for 163 yards, a passing touchdown and 73 rushing yards.
Even when Griffin messed up, it worked out. In one of the more remarkable plays in any NFL game this year, Griffin’s first-quarter fumble at the Giants 13-yard line ended up in the arms of receiver Josh Morgan, who took it the rest of the way to the end zone." Read more...
The King Of DC Poses A Big Problem For Big Blue
Excerpt: "They sang “RG3, RG3, RG3” as they filed jubilantly down the ramp inside FedEx Field, and when Redskins 17, Giants 16, was over, Justin Tuck wasn’t any less angry at the football gods for putting RG3 between him and the Lombardi Trophy.
“I still am mad,” Tuck said, with maybe a half-smile.
The Giants wanted this one, wanted to show the super quarterback that he is unable to leap tall Supermen in a single bound, even if he is faster than a speeding bullet. That maybe one day his time will come, but that day is not here. A prince not yet fit to be king.
And RG3 crowned them when it mattered. Ruined their grand plans to put the NFC East out of reach.
“It’s always going to be frustrating to play a quarterback like him, that even when you’re playing your best ball, he can outrun you to the edge and prolong plays,” Tuck said. “There were some plays in there we should’ve had sacks that he outran us. There’s some plays in there we should’ve tackled him but he outran us. But, you know, I think as we continue to play him and get more adjusted to what he likes to do, I think we’ll play better.
“If he stays healthy, he’s gonna be a havoc on defenses for a long time.” Read more...
FG Miss Has Giants Kicking Themselves
Excerpt: "A missed 43-yard field goal in the second quarter last night turned into a kick in the pants for the Giants.
In their 17-16 loss to the Redskins at FedEx Field, a defeat that changed the scope of the NFC East race, one of the Giants’ most critical flubs occurred on special teams. Early in the second quarter, kicker Lawrence Tynes — who’s in the midst of a sensational season — hooked a 43-yard field goal attempt wide left.
If the kick had been good, it would have trimmed the Redskins’ lead to 7-6. But the miss seemed far bigger later on — the Giants had a 16-10 lead in the fourth quarter — when they could have had a 19-10 lead had Tynes hit that field goal.
“I’m paid to make field goals and I didn’t make all of them,” Tynes said. “I’m supposed to make that kick.”
Tynes did make three field goals, and the Giants didn’t help themselves by not converting several of their drives into touchdowns — settling for points from Tynes instead.
It also appeared as if Zak DeOssie’s snap on Tynes’ miss was a bit errant — a little off to the right. But both Tynes and holder Steve Weatherford said the snap was a non-issue.
Both Tynes and Weatherford did say the field wasn’t ideal for kicking.
“The footing was very, very dicey tonight,” Tynes said. “I never really got my plant foot on the ground. ... Just kind of yanked it.” Read more...
Redskins' Owner Voices Bleepin' Hatred Of Big Blue
Excerpt: "Well, you didn’t expect Dan Snyder, the owner of the Redskins, to embrace prosperity with the humility of a Mara or a Tisch, did you? So after years of running a beloved civic trust into the ground, after years of losing, of abject failure, Danny Boy had himself a moment in the sun last night.
He saw his football team come back at the defending champion Giants, take a 17-16 lead early in the fourth quarter, then hold off the flood, the inevitable Eli Manning comeback. Twice Manning had the ball in the game’s final 10 minutes. There were 80,246 people inside FedEx Field bracing for heartache.
It never happened. The Redskins won. The Giants lost. The NFC East is wide open, and after years of slipping on banana peels, the Redskins finally had a moment equal to their proud history. And so Snyder, in front of several media witnesses, had this to say to a Redskins staffer:
“I hate those mother[bleepers],” Snyder said gleefully.
So, yes: If you wondered if this somnambulant rivalry was ever going to get a wake-up call, consider it rousted, and resurrected. Of course, it’s hard to blame Snyder, no matter how detestable a character he might be." Read more...
Offense Let Down By Broken Line
Excerpt: "There was just 4:42 remaining last night, the Giants facing a must-convert third-and-10. They were at their own 43-yard line, trailing by a point.
Eli Manning fired an 11-yard completion to Martellus Bennett, keeping the drive going and bringing the ball past midfield to the Washington 46. The Giants were maybe 10-to-15 yards away from go-ahead field goal territory.
Problem was, tackle Will Beatty ended up being called for holding on Bennett’s catch. No first down at the Washington 46. Instead, it was third-and-20 from the Giants’ 33. And one play later, the Giants ended up punting and never got the ball again.
“You convert it,” Beatty said of that third down, “it changes a lot.”
The Giants ended up losing 17-16 to the Redskins at FedEx Field, a possible division-changing defeat. And it was a brutal night for the Big Blue offensive line. Beatty’s penalty was the ultimate crusher, but it went beyond that. Backup lineman Jim Cordle committed two holding penalties on kick returns, one wiping out a 49-yard David Wilson return on that same Beatty drive that would have put the Giants at midfield to start the drive.
Instead, they started at their own 8-yard line.
“Every time we had a kickoff return, we had a penalty,” coach Tom Coughlin said." Read more...
Hey Dan, Wash. Yer Mouth
Excerpt: "Dan Snyder hates the Giants — profanely so — and many of the Giants hate the Redskins owner, too.
Jubilant at a 17-16 victory over Big Blue here last night, Snyder made his disdain for the Giants plain by screaming “I hate those mother[bleepers]!” to a team staffer in front of several reporters as the owner walked through the Redskins’ locker room.
Thanks to Twitter, it didn’t take long for Snyder’s insult to reach the Giants in their own locker room on the other side of FedEx Field. It’s safe to say there’s no love lost between these old NFC East rivals.
“I could give two [bleeps] what Daniel Snyder has to say,” Giants center Chris Snee told The Post. “I’ve heard lots of things about people hating him too. Including people that work for him.”
Tight end Martellus Bennett, who is a first-year Giant but no stranger to the Redskins after spending the previous four years with Dallas, mocked Snyder by saying: “I don’t even know who that is.”
Told it was the Redskins’ owner, Bennett shrugged.
“Everybody has some type of feeling,” he said.
Giants punter Steve Weatherford tried to take the high road, saying the feeling — at least on his part — wasn’t mutual." Read more...
Giants' Report Card
Excerpt: "Offense D
Strange performance. Great on third down (8 of 10) in first half, controlled the ball, no turnovers, Ahmad Bradshaw runs for 103 yards and Eli Manning made some beautiful throws. Yet dreadful penalties (Will Beatty late hold a killer), only one TD all night and fourth-quarter meltdown.
Two games, still no answers vs. rookie RB Alfred Morris (22-124) and big outing from WR Pierre Garcon (8-106, 1 TD). As for Robert Griffin III, catch him if you can — and the Giants couldn’t. He was coolly efficient as a passer (13 of 21, 163 yards) and deadly as a runner (5-72). Not being able to get off field for final 3:51 a real downer." Read more...
As if the Giants didn’t know it already, Robert Griffin III is the real deal. The Redskins’ precocious rookie quarterback continued his late-season roll last night, repeatedly confounding the Giants out of the option and completing 13 of 21 passes for 163 yards and a TD and running for 73 yards on just four attempts, including a 46-yarder in the second half.
This one’s on the Giants’ entire defensive line, which looked hapless and gassed most of the night in trying to stop the Redskins’ option attack. Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora and Jason Pierre-Paul were pretty much non-factors, and the middle of the line was especially woeful against the run. The only notable moment by a lineman came when Linval Joseph stomped on Will Montgomery’s stomach, drawing a personal foul." Read more...
Excerpt: "Robert Griffin III went down, the ball popped out, and the Washington Redskins scored a touchdown.
Look out, New York Giants and the rest of the NFC East. If the rookie quarterback keeps getting those kinds of breaks, it'll be hard to keep him out of the title hunt for years to come.
As it is, RG3 has the Redskins within a game of first place, leading a fourth-quarter rally in a 17-16 Monday night victory over the Giants, giving Washington a three-game winning streak in which it has dispatched division rivals — Philadelphia, Dallas and now New York — one by one.Griffin completed 13 of 21 passes for 163 yards and ran five times for 72 yards, breaking Cam Newton's NFL record for yards rushing by a rookie quarterback.His top target again was Pierre Garcon, who had eight receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown, showing no signs of the painful toe injury that forced him to miss six of the season's first nine games.Alfred Morris ran for 124 yards on 22 carries, becoming the second Redskins rookie to run for 1,000 yards.
Reggie Brooks had 1,063 in 1993.Washington also ended a 10-game home losing streak in Monday night games, with Griffin again showing his knack for winning on a big stage.The Redskins (6-6) appeared out of the running at 3-6 a month ago, but Washington is proving it can never be counted out when Griffin is on the field.With the Giants (7-5) losing three of four and the Cowboys (6-6) also at .500, the division is up for grabs." Read more...
THE BERGEN RECORD
Opportunity Lost In 17 - 16 Loss To Redskins
Excerpt: "The penalty flag dropped and so did Will Beatty’s heart.
The Giants seemed poised for some more late-game magic from Eli Manning, whose 11-yard dart was pulled in by Martellus Bennett well past the first-down marker.
The Manning-to-Bennett hook-up would have moved the chains and advanced possession beyond midfield. The Giants were staring at a one-point deficit on the scoreboard with 4:42 remaining and this moment should have belonged to Manning, who appeared ready to take aim at what would have been the 26th fourth-quarter comeback victory of his NFL career.
That’s when Beatty turned around in the Giants’ backfield and saw his worst nightmare: the sign that something bad was coming his team’s way and he was responsible.
A 10-yard holding penalty stripped Big Blue of momentum, and the drive was over two plays later. Once the Redskins got the football, they never gave it back.
“The ref looked at me, threw the flag and I’m like, ‘Are you serious?’” Beatty said in a somber locker room following Monday’s 17-16 loss to the Redskins. “There’s nothing you can do once he throws the flag. As a player, you’ve got to suck it up and go on to the next play … I mean, you convert it, it changes a lot. You can’t say we would’ve won the game, but you know it would’ve put us in a better opportunity.”
Instead, the Giants were left frustrated by the opportunity they lost.
Robert Griffin III ended up getting the best of Manning and the Giants, leading the Redskins to their third consecutive divisional triumph tightened the NFC East race considerably before a crowd of 80,246 at FedEx Field." Read more...
Sullivan: RGIII Shows Flair For The Dramatic In Win Over Giants
Excerpt: "The chorus inside the home stadium erupted many times over, but it was on the Redskins final possession, the one that prevented any last hope of a comeback for Eli Manning’s Giants, that it found its full voice.
“R-G-three, R-G-three,” they chanted, over and over again, hands waving in fawning appreciation for the wunderkind of the NFC East. In what turned out to be a wonderful sequel to a dramatic first act, it was Washington’s Robert Griffin III who took ultimate top billing over Manning, doing to the veteran what the veteran did to him the last time they met, pulling a page from Manning’s fourth-quarter comeback playbook for a 17-16 win.
Manning had little hope of repeating the dramatics that helped him best Griffin when the two first met in October, not when his team was lost amid a haze of red zone field goals, special teams penalties and missed opportunities. That collection of futility combined to ruin a night when the Giants dominated time of possession, ruin a night when they went into halftime with a lead (something they hadn’t surrendered on the road in an astounding 26 games), ruin a night when the Giants had the chance to take firm grip of the NFC East.
“Terrible,” is how coach Tom Coughlin described a night that saw first-half domination turn into second-half submission. “We talk finish, finish, finish, finish, finish.” Read more...
NEW YORK TIMES
WALL STREET JOURNAL
BIG BLUE VIEW
Giants Can't Hold Off Redskins, NFC East Race Tightens
Excerpt: "The New York Giants officially have a fight on their hands for the NFC East division title.
The Giants lost their Monday Night Football encounter with the Washington Redskins, 17-16, at FedEx Field meaning the Giants (7-5) now lead both the Redskins and Dallas Cowboys, each 6-6, by one game with four to play.
The winning score came when Robert Griffin III passed eight yards to Pierre Garcon with 6:37 to play, capping a 12-play, 86-yard drive.
Playing RGIII and the multi-dimensional Redskins offense for the second time, the Giants had hoped to have more success after giving up 480 yards in the first meeting between the two teams.
The Giants' offense held the ball for more than 20 minutes in the first half as New York built a 13-10 lead, but penalties and missed opportunities eventually doomed the Giants.
Lawrence Tynes ended up making three field goals, but missed a 43-yard attempt in the second quarter following a poor Zak DeOssie snap.
The Giants committed a season-high nine penalties, many of them costly ones. A first-quarter intentional grounding on quarterback Eli Manning killed a drive and forced the Giants to settle for a field goal. A holding penalty on Will Beatty nullified a first down on the Giants' final drive, and they ended up punting.
The Giants dominated the first half, holding the ball for more than 20 minutes, but twice had to settle for field goals and ended the half with a 13-10 lead. They could manage only three second-half points, and their defense simply could not hold Washington at bay." Read more...
Redskins Top Gants, 17 - 16
Excerpt: "The New York Giants ran for 117 yards, they were plus-one in the turnover battle, they won the time of possession battle 33:13 to 26:47, and they still found a way to lose a huge division game to the Washington Redskins, 17-6.
We can start with the penalties – nine of them to be exact for 73 yards. That’s a penalty explosion for a team that up until this week, had averaged a little over four penalties per game this season.
The biggest culprits? There was quarterback Eli Manning being flagged for an intentional grounding infraction and a delay of game; offensive lineman Jim Cordle was nailed twice for holding on kickoff returns, both of which wiped out significant kickoff returns by David Wilson; and right tackle Sean Locklear, who appeared to have suffered a season-ending knee injury, contributed to the party with a false start and a hold.
Then there were the missed opportunities such as kicker Lawrence Tynes’ 43-yard field goal attempt that sailed wide left or the Giants’ inability continued struggle to score in the red zone." Read more...
THE RED ZONE.
RGIII, Redskins Topple Giants To Tighten Up NFC East Race
Excerpt: "Robert Griffin III went down, the ball popped out, and the Washington Redskins scored a touchdown.Look out, New York Giants and the rest of the NFC East. If the rookie quarterback keeps getting those kinds of breaks, it'll be hard to keep him out of the title hunt for years to come.As it is, RG3 has the Redskins within a game of first place, leading a fourth-quarter rally in a 17-16 Monday night victory over the Giants, giving Washington a three-game winning streak in which it has dispatched division rivals -- Philadelphia, Dallas and now New York -- one by one.
"We know that our backs are against the wall," Griffin said. "And even though we won tonight, our backs are still against the wall."The Redskins (6-6) appeared out of the running at 3-6 a month ago, but Griffin is proving his team can never be counted out when he's on the field.With the Giants (7-5) losing three of four and the Cowboys (6-6) also at .500, the division is up for grabs.Griffin did get another of his goals accomplished Monday by assuring Washington will win more games than last season's 5-11 team.
"You can put a check by that one, but there's a lot more goals that this team is stretching for and striving for," Griffin said." Read more...
Redskins 17, Giants 16
Excerpt: " Robert Griffin III threw for one touchdown and had a fumble turn into another score, and the Washington Redskins pulled within one game of the NFC East lead with a 17-16 win over the New York Giants on Monday night.The Redskins improved to 6-6 with their third straight victory, tied with the Dallas Cowboysand on the heels of the Giants, who have lost three of four to fall to 7-5." Read more...
Locklear Injured, Carted Off
Excerpt: "Giants offensive tackle Sean Locklear was carted off the field in the fourth quarter Monday night, with what appeared to be a serious leg injury. " Red more...
Once gain, Giants Take The Hard Route
Excerpt: "With a chance to take a firm grip on the NFC East and put Robert Griffin III in their rearview mirror, the New York Giants did what they love to do -- they took the hardest way possible.
When the Giants put their minds to it, they are capable of being the best team in the NFL. But they also are exceptionally good at making life difficult when given the chance to do the opposite.
With a golden opportunity to take a two-game cushion in the division and stiff-arm the Redskins into basically next season, the Giants put the division back in play with a 17-16 loss to the Redskins on Monday night.
With four games left, the Giants (7-5) are clinging to a one-game lead over the Cowboys (6-6) and Redskins (6-6).
It's typical of the Giants -- just when they look ready to be a dominant team after destroying Green Bay, they stumble with a frustrating loss in the division and give themselves little wiggle room down the stretch.
It's almost as if the Giants wouldn't have it any other way. If the Giants had a GPS guiding them through the football season, they'd always seem to choose the longest route with the most winding, treacherous turns.
"We have been down this road before," defensive captain Justin Tuck said. "It is always tough. Honestly, I like it that way. I like the fact that we have to play our A-game from here on out. I think we play good in that role." Read more...
Penalties Play Giant Role In Loss
Excerpt: "Making your way through the visiting locker room early Tuesday morning, you kept hearing the same word, over and over again:
Many Giants players, and coach Tom Coughlin, blamed the loss in large part on the Giants' sloppiness -- and they were right. Big Blue committed nine penalties, and several of them came in critical spots.
Here's a look at the key miscues:
• The Giants marched down the field on their first offensive drive of the game, but on 1st-and-10 from the Redskins' 23-yard line, right tackle Sean Locklear was flagged for a false start, which halted the Giants' momentum. The Giants weren't able to get another first down, and had to settle for a field goal.
• The Giants again advanced into Redskins territory on their second drive, but on 1st-and-10 from the Washington 30, Manning was charged with intentional grounding. New York again failed to pick up another first down, and this time Lawrence Tynes missed a 43-yard field goal attempt." Read more...
Giants' Sean Locklear Injures Knee
Excerpt: "Giants'offensive tackle Sean Locklear suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter of the Giants' 17-16 loss to the Washington Redskins on Monday night.
The injury appeared to be serious, as Locklear had to be carted off the field. During the game the Giants released a statement classifying Locklear's injury as being a "significant knee sprain."
When asked about Locklear after the game, all Giants coach Tom Coughlin said is, "It's a knee. It's a knee.""I just wish him the best," said fellow offensive lineman Chris Snee. "Whatever recovery is ahead of him, I am not quite sure the extent of it, just know it is not good."The loss of Locklear is a significant one. He had started 10 of the Giants' 12 games this season, with stints at both left tackle and right tackle. (He started at right tackle Monday night.)The nine-year veteran was signed by the Giants this past April, after spending his first seven NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, followed by a season with the Redskins. His versatility, being able to play on both sides of the line, was a major plus." Read more...
Reid: Foles To Start For Rest Of Season