The Giants rushed 20 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Ahmad Bradshaw and Eli Manning scored on runs, but Bradshaw gained just 44 yards and Brandon Jacobs carried just six times for 29 yards. The Giants failed to convert on a fourth-and-1 and a third-and-1 in the second half.
Hakeem Nicks had seven receptions for 122 yards, but Manning never really looked comfortable. He also had another pass that was tipped and picked, resulting in Ryan Kerrigan's TD. Left tackle Will Beatty struggled at times, and the revamped line gave up four sacks.
Tim Hightower rushed 25 times for 72 yards. He scored on a 1-yard run; the Giants felt it should have been nullified by a Redskins hold on Michael Boley that was never called. Rookie middle linebacker Greg Jones, making his first start, had four tackles. The Giants' run defense did well considering Justin Tuck was out.
Rex Grossman passed for 305 yards and two TDs. Perry Fewell trotted out three and four safeties to help his depleted secondary and linebacker units, but too often the Giants gave too much cushion. They could not cover tight end Fred Davis, who had five receptions for 105 yards. Jason Pierre-Paul played exceptionally, posting two sacks and a forced fumble.
The Giants held the explosive Brandon Banks to 13 yards per punt return and 24 yards per kickoff return. But a Lawrence Tynes field-goal attempt was blocked, leading to the Redskins' game-sealing drive. Devin Thomas also didn't field a kickoff that bounced inside the Giants' 10-yard line and pinned them at their own 7 after a Giant alertly pounced on the live ball.
The second half was abysmal: The offense kept stalling out on third downs; there was the tipped pick-six; the team failed to convert on two crucial short-yardage plays; and the only field goal attempt was blocked. The Giants still look like they are in preseason mode and need the full week to improve before facing the Rams next Monday night.