Giants vs. Redskins. The Washington Redskins surprisingly jumped out to a 14-0 lead over the New York Giants in the first quarter of their Sunday night contest. Robert Griffin III looked good both passing and running the football and the Redskins defense was performing well too. But the Giants fought their way back into the game by tying it 14-4 at halftime.
Both teams went back and forth in the third quarter, and neither offense was able to get much going. The Redskins went away from the success of using their Turbo offense from the first quarter, and they could get star running back Alfred Morris going at much all. However, late in the third quarter is where momentum shifted clearly in the Giants favor.
There were two bad plays by the Redskins that made this happen. The first one came after an Eli Manning interception that gave the Redskins the ball deep in Giants territory at the twelve yard line. The game was still tied 14-14 at this point, and the Redskins were in perfect position to score a touchdown, but it wasn’t to be.
The Giants forced a third down and 8 from the 10 yard line. Robert Griffin III then threw an incomplete pass intended for wide receiver Pierre Garcon that was nearly intercepted. Griffin correctly read that the open area in the end zone was over the middle, but Garcon mistakenly turned outside causing the incompletion.
Had Garcon continued over the middle the play more than likely would have resulted in a touchdown for the Redskins, but it ended being a field goal by Kai Forbath giving the Redskins a 17-14 lead. Then a special teams miscues in the third quarter sealed the Redskins fate. Long snapper Kyle Nelson had a bad snap to Redskins punter Sav Rocca.
The caused an 18 yard punt by Rocca, and to compound the error, Nelson incurred a holding penalty on the play which ended up giving the Giants the football on the Redskins 48 yard line. The Giants went on the score a touchdown giving them a 21-17 lead, and this was the turning point of the game, as the Giants pulled away.