- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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The play that sealed it: Safety Will Hill said that cornerback Terrell Thomas was hollering all game, "We need a turnover! Who's going to get a turnover?" So when Hill saw Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon holding the ball out away from his body on his fourth-down catch with a minute and a half left in the game, Hill figured it might as well be him. He ripped the ball out of Garcon's hands and stumbled forward eight yards knowing he'd locked down the game. "All I could think was about getting that ball to Eli so he could take a knee and we could get out of here with that W," an elated Hill said. Quarterback Eli Manning did indeed take two knees, and the Giants had beaten the Redskins.
Stopping the run: Giants linebacker Jon Beason called running back Alfred Morris the "cowbell" of the Redskins offense. And while Beason meant "bell cow," he can be forgiven for misspeaking after his 17-tackle performance helped limit Morris to 26 yards on 11 carries. Beason said the Giants believed the Redskins could win if quarterback Robert Griffin III had a poor game while Morris had a good one, but not if it was vice versa. So the Giants committed to stopping the running back who came into the week third in the league in rushing. As they have against so many of the league's other top rushers this year, they succeeded.
Efficiency in the passing game: Manning was under pressure all night, and pressure led to his one interception. But for the most part he did a good job managing a low-key passing game. He completed 22 of 28 passes for 235 yards and one touchdown. Tight end Brandon Myers, who caught the touchdown, was the Giants' second-leading receiver behind Victor Cruz with five catches and 61 yards. The ability to find Myers and running back Andre Brown in short range in the middle of the field helped Manning keep the pressure off enough to move the ball.
Tuck's huge night: Justin Tuck had four sacks, total, in the 2012 season. He had 2.5 sacks, total, in the first 11 games of this season. He had four sacks Sunday night. Tuck is a free agent at the end of this season, which means he may have just begun his final month as a Giant. But he says he hasn't been thinking about his contract situation all year, and it's easy to believe him. Tuck has been playing well this year, but it hadn't shown up in the sack totals. As he worked his way through the list of the other Giants (Lawrence Taylor, Pepper Johnson, Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora) who'd had four sacks in a game, he seemed to be relishing his place on the list. It was a satisfying night for a decorated Giants veteran.