Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Drive of the game: Long march to victory
By Kieran Darcy
LANDOVER, Md. -- The Giants controlled the ball for more than two-thirds of the first half, thanks to three drives which all lasted 10 plays or longer.
But it was the Redskins' longest drive, which spanned the third and fourth quarters, that was the decisive stretch of this game.
With the Giants leading 16-10, after Big Blue yet again had to settle for a field goal, the Redskins started a drive on their own 14-yard line, with just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Rookie running back Alfred Morris set the tone with a 10-yard run on first down. After an incomplete pass by Robert Griffin III, Morris took the ball on 2nd-and-10 and ran for 16 more. (Morris finished with a career-high 124 rushing yards, went past the 1,000-yard mark on the season, and broke the Redskins' rookie rushing record with four games still to play.)
After that, RG3 took over. He ran for seven yards, and completed a nine-yard pass to Joshua Morgan to end the third quarter. Then, after five more positive running plays, he connected with Leonard Hankerson for 14 yards, and then Pierre Garcon for an eight-yard touchdown with 11:37 remaining in the game.
That would prove to be the game-winning touchdown.
Twelve plays, 86 yards, in six minutes and 38 seconds -- and the Giants suddenly trailed for the first time in the game.