EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—Redskins came into MetLife Stadium hoping to kick the 0-2 Giants while they were down and to show that things were different with the this year’s version of the team. But it was not to be and the Redskins went home with a 32-21 loss.
Things got off to a bad start as their familiar bugaboo, special teams, reared its head. The Giants blocked a punt and it went out bounds in the end zone for a safety. Then Kirk Cousins threw an interception that set up a short field, giving the Giants a 9-0 lead. The Redskins never had the ball with a chance to take the lead after that.
There were plenty more errors including ill-timed penalties and two more turnovers. One in the late going summed up the night. In the fourth quarter Matt Jones appeared to be headed for a score that would give the Redskins a fighting chance. But the ball was poked out on the two yard line as he dove for the goal line. The ball rolled out of bounds in the end zone for a touchback.
Key Play: Redskins trailed just 2-0 in the first quarter. On second and 12 at the Washington 17, Cousins threw a play action pass intended for Pierre Garçon. But he didn’t appear to see cornerback Prince Amukamara, who picked off the pass and returned it to the 15. Four plays later the Giants were in the end zone and their 9-0 lead was rarely threatened.
Giants safety (punt blocked out of the end zone)
Key play: Rashad Jennings overpowered Terrance Plummer and blocked Tress Way’s kick. The ball went out of bounds in the end zone for the safety.
Giants 2, Redskins 0
Williams 1 run (Brown kick)
Key plays: Prince Amukamara got an easy interception of a Cousins pass and returned it to the Redskins’ 15. A couple of Manning pass set up first and goal at the one and it took Andre Williams two tries to get it in from there.
Giants 9, Redskins 0
FG Brown 35
8 plays, 47 yards, 3:45
Key plays: Manning found Ruben Randle open down the right sideline for a gain of 30 yards. After a holding call, a screen pass to Rashad Jennings gained 18. The Redskins held and Brown booted a field goal from 35.
Giants 12, Redskins 0
FG Hopkins 44
10 plays, 54 yards, 4:08
Key plays: Cousins threw to Andre Roberts for 18 yards to convert and third and one to the Giants 38. Matt Jones ran for gains of 6, 5, and 6 yards before Hopkins’ kick.
Giants 12, Redskins 3
FG Brown 36
9 plays, 47 yards, 3:59
Key plays: The Giants got off to a good start when they got a free 15 yards on a questionable but still dumb personal foul on the kickoff on Jeron Johnson. Manning threw to Daniel Fells for 23 yards on third and four to the Redskins 21.
Giants 15, Redskins 3
FG Hopkins 37
13 plays, 61 yards, 5:49
Key plays: Cousins got things started when he scrambled and threw to Reed for 20 on third and nine from the 21. Then he went to Jamison Crowder for 15. A few plays later Cousins converted a third and six with a 19-yard dart to Garçon. The drive stalled from there.
Giants 15, Redskins 6
FG Brown 48
15 plays, 50 yards, 7:31
Key plays: A nine-yard Manning pass to Ruben Randle converted a third and eight their own territory. Then with the Giants just on the edge of field goal range, Manning to Beckham for three yards converted a fourth and one.
Beckham 30 pass from Manning (Brown kick)
8 plays, 73 yards, 5:06
Key plays: Beckham draw an illegal contact flag on a third down completion to keep the drive alive. Then it was Manning to Larry Donnell for 22 yards and then Beckham beat Bashaud Breeland on a post and Manning’s pass was on the money.
Randle 41 pass from Manning (Brown kick)
3 play, 41 yards, 19 seconds
Key plays: After two runs for no gain following an attempted onside kick, Manning just launched it up for Randle, who caught it and ran to the end zone.
Giants 32, Redskins 14
Ross 101 kickoff return (Hopkins kick)
Key play: Ross took the kickoff and bolted up the right sideline. He nearly stepped out of bounds but he stayed in and finished the dash to the end zone.
Giants 32, Redskins 21