1:00 PM ET, October 21, 2012
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Sunday Blitz: Giants-Redskins Recap
Manning one-upped the Washington Redskins' rookie sensation with a pinpoint 77-yard scoring pass to Victor Cruz with 1:13 to play and the New York Giants overcame a late touchdown toss by Griffin to defeat the Washington Redskins 27-23 on Sunday.
"With our offense and Eli at the helm, we're never too worried," Cruz said. "No matter what situation we're in, no matter how many points we need or a field goal we need, we have the confidence we can do it. We have a lot of confidence in each other, and in Eli."
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The winning drive was the 22nd of Manning's career in either the fourth quarter or overtime, his second this season and eighth over the past two seasons. This pass might have been one of the most improbable.
It came two plays and 19 seconds after Griffin capped what was a potential winning, 77-yard drive with a 30-yard touchdown toss to Santana Moss. The rookie had kept the drive alive with a 19-yard pass off a desperate scramble on a fourth-and-10 play deep in his own territory, and a 24-yard run on the next play.
"He has done it so many times," veteran Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty said of the two-time Super Bowl MVP. "He has really bridged his performance in the 2011 season to the 2012 season. It's just more of the same. He continues to get better. He is probably the most deadly quarterback in the fourth quarter."
"He sure proved it today," Shanahan said after his team (3-4) blew a chance to move into a tie for first place in the NFC East. "It was a great throw. He was double- covered but (Manning) put it right on the money."
Manning, who finished 26 of 40 for 337 yards, had to make the throw a little sooner than he wanted.
"I kind of threw it high and deep and saw the coverage and was hoping Victor saw it the same way I did," he said. "I didn't see the ball get caught. I heard the cheer and that was a good sign. I got up in time to see him run into the end zone."
Manning triumphantly pumped his fist once after the play as the more than 80,000 fans at MetLife Stadium erupted with cheers.
"He did a good job leading his team to victory today," said Griffin, who ran for 89 yards and passed for 258 and two touchdowns. "When the game is on the line, you want the ball in your hand, no doubt about it. He made the play to win it."
"There's no excuse for them, but with all that stuff, we had a chance to win at the end," Griffin said.
The wild finish capped a game in which both quarterbacks also made major mistakes.
Another Winning Drive for Eli
Eli Manning rallied the Giants past the Redskins on Sunday, engineering his eighth game-winning drive since 2011, the most in the NFL in that time span.
Most game-winning drives
|Eli Manning, NYG||8|
|Matt Ryan, ATL||6|
|Matthew Stafford, DET||6|
|-- ESPN Stats & Information|
Griffin was 20 of 28 with Moss catching both his TD passes. Fellow rookie Alfred Morris gained 120 yards rushing.
The Giants had 396 yards in total offense, with the biggest chunk coming on Manning's pass to Mr. Salsa.
Before the wild finish, the second half was dominated by turnovers.
Griffin was picked off by safety Stevie Brown and his 41-yard return late in the third quarter set up Bradshaw's 1-yard plow-job into the end zone, a play which was reviewed.
On the next play from scrimmage, linebacker Rob Jackson intercepted a quick out by Manning and Forbath kicked a 45-yard field goal to narrow the lead to 20-16 with 5:21 to go.
The Giants were forced to punt on their next series and Washington got the ball back at its 23. After gaining nothing in three plays, Griffin went back to pass on fourth down, eluded Pierre-Paul and then danced around long enough to find tight end Logan Paulsen for a 19-yard gain and a first down at the 42. The 24-yard scamper got the ball to the New York 34 and two plays later Moss beat Hosley and hauled in Griffin's perfect pass as Griffin lay on his back and celebrated like a snow angel.
"He's tough," Blackburn said of Griffin. We played well for three downs got them into a fourth and 10, and had him. JPP had him dead to rights. Any other quarterback and he makes that sack."
Manning and Cruz spoiled the afternoon seconds later.
There were seven offensive possessions in the first half that resulted in 439 total yards, six scores and a 13-13 tie.
Washington TE Fred Davis suffered an Achilles tendon injury and will miss the rest of the season. ...Redskins LB London Fletcher, who has played in 231 straight games, suffered a leg-hamstring injury in the second half. ...The Redskins gained a season-high 248 yards rushing. ... Bradshaw gained 43 yards rushing after collecting 316 in the past two games. ...Cruz led the Giants with seven catches for 131 yards. ...New York had three sacks, and allowed its first in four games.
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Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||7.0||6.6|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-2||2-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|FG||02:13||Kai Forbath 20 Yd||3||0|
|TD||12:41||Andre Brown 1 Yd Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick)||3||7|
|TD||08:45||Santana Moss 26 Yd Pass From Robert Griffin (Kai Forbath Kick)||10||7|
|FG||03:53||Lawrence Tynes 27 Yd||10||10|
|FG||01:49||Kai Forbath 43 Yd||13||10|
|FG||00:02||Lawrence Tynes 39 Yd||13||13|
|TD||12:55||Ahmad Bradshaw 1 Yd Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick)||13||20|
|FG||05:21||Kai Forbath 45 Yd||16||20|
|TD||01:32||Santana Moss 30 Yd Pass From Robert Griffin (Kai Forbath Kick)||23||20|
|TD||01:13||Victor Cruz 77 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick)||23||27|
NEXT LEVEL: Adrian Peterson set season highs with 153 rush yards, 69 yards after contact and a 6.7 yards per rush average. Peterson's 136 rushing yards between the tackles was not just his best total this season, but the fifth-highest total in a game this season.
NEXT LEVEL: The Giants only sent five or more pass rushers after Robert Griffin III on seven plays Sunday, and Griffin's ability to make plays with both his arm and legs nearly got the Redskins a win. Griffin scrambled down the right sideline for 24 yards against six pass rushers including a blitzing defensive back with 2:00 to play in the game, and threw a 30-yard go-ahead touchdown pass against six pass rushers two plays later to Santana Moss. Griffin finished 3-of-5 for 43 yards and a touchdown against the Giants' added pressure, plus the 24-yard scramble.
NEXT LEVEL: Alfred Morris rushed for career-high 120 yards Sunday against the Giants, with 112 of those yards between the tackles. That's the highest yardage total allowed inside the tackles by the Giants defense since Week 16 of 2009 (Jonathan Stewart, 133 yards). Morris averaged 5.6 yards per attempt between the tackles against the Giants, nearly one full yard above his season average entering the game (4.7).
Eli Manning's 77-yard game-winning touchdown strike to Victor Cruz was emblematic of his success all afternoon. Manning did not throw an interception downfield Sunday and averaged more than 25 yards per pass attempt. Entering the game, the Redskins had surrendered 34 completions on throws of at least 15 yards.[+]
Eli Manning Passing 15+ Yds Downfield, This Season
ESPN Stats & Information