Monday, December 3, 2012
Halftime Report: Giants 13, Redskins 10
By Kieran Darcy
LANDOVER, Md. -- A quick take on the first half:
Playing keepaway: The Giants spent all week trying to figure out how to stop Robert Griffin III on defense. But it's the Giants' offense that has stopped him thus far.
Big Blue held the ball for 20:32 of the first 30 minutes, putting the Redskins' rookie phenom on ice for much of the first half.
Unstoppable? The Giants had four drives in the first half, and scored on three of them -- and they never punted. Their only failed drive ended on a 43-yard field goal miss by Lawrence Tynes. The snap looked bad on the play.
The secret to the Giants' success? Going 8-for-10 on third-down conversions -- that's simply outstanding. The Giants helped themselves by creating several third-and-short opportunities.
The star: It's been Giants tight end Martellus Bennett, who had a huge first half, with five catches for 82 yards. Bennett scored the Giants' lone touchdown, on a 4-yard pass from Eli Manning. Bennett also hauled in a 28-yarder with four seconds left in the half, enabling the Giants to kick a 40-yard field goal and take a lead into the locker room.
The other side: RG3 was 7-for-12 for 100 yards in the air, and had one rush for 12 yards -- nothing spectacular, but again, he didn't have many opportunities. The Redskins' touchdown came on Griffin's lone rush -- but he didn't score it. He fumbled on the play, and the ball landed right in the arms of wide receiver Joshua Morgan, who carried it into the end zone. A lucky break, to be sure.
Speaking of rookies: The Giants' first-round draft pick, David Wilson, did see some action in the first half. Wilson had three carries, for 9 yards.
Ahmad Bradshaw handled the bulk of the carries and was very effective -- 15 rushes for 77 yards.