Sunday, October 21, 2012
Halftime: Giants 13, Redskins 13
By Kieran Darcy
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A few quick observations from the first half here at MetLife Stadium:
1. Dead heat: This was about as even a first half as you're going to see. Total yards: Redskins 223, Giants 216. Time of possession: Redskins 15:13, Giants 14:47. No turnovers by either team. Call it a draw. The Redskins get the ball to start the second half.
2. Moving the chains: Both teams' offenses were dominant -- there was only one punt, by the Giants, on the very first possession of the game.
The Redskins scored on all three of their possessions -- a touchdown and two field goals. Washington entered the game second in the NFL in rushing, averaging 166 yards per game. They had 146 in the first half alone -- 94 by rookie running back Alfred Morris.
The Giants did most of their damage in the air -- also not surprising, considering they entered game third in the NFL in passing. But one bad throw by Eli Manning could come back to haunt them. Manning had Cruz wide open in the end zone on one of the Giants' two field goal drives, but threw it behind him.
3. Star power: All eyes were on Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III -- he was 5-for-8 for 85 yards and a touchdown throwing the ball, and carried it three times for 42 yards. No sensational plays yet, but no big mistakes, either.
Manning was 17-for-26 for 186 yards. Andre Brown, who sat out last week with a concussion, scored the Giants' lone touchdown on a 1-yard run. Justin Tuck recorded his first sack of the season for Big Blue.