It Was Over When... On third and three with just over one minute left in regulation, the Redskin called TB Alfred Morris' number for the 22nd and final time of the game and he plowed over the left side of the offensive line, gashing through the Giants defense and diving forward for six yards. It was first down and the Redskins and Robert Griffin III knelt down the next play to end the game. Washington won 17-16, having finished a trifecta of victories against their NFC East opponents.
Statistically Speaking... The Redskins are 5-1 in games this season when WR Pierre Garcon plays... The Redskins held the ball for less than ten minutes in the first half, as the Giants mounted long drives of 11 plays, 13 plays and 13 plays. However, the Redskins dominated the clock in the second half, using their power running game to grind out first downs and hold the ball for over 17 minutes. The Giants won time of possession but not by nearly as much as it appeared they would at halftime... Robert Griffin III threw 9 TD and 1 INT against their NFC East opponents the last three weeks... RG3 had a passer rating over 100 tonight for the sixth time this year, including each of the last three weeks... RG3 set an NFL rookie record tonight by rushing for 714 yards on the season -- with 4 games to play... TB Alfred Morris rushed for 313 yards on 66 carries [4.7 ypc] against their NFC East opponents the last three weeks. The Redskins are the first team in NFL history to have a 2000-yard rookie passer and a 1000-yard rookie rusher... TB Alfred Morris not only became the second Redskins rookie to run for over 1000 yards, he passed Reggie Brooks' record by gashing the Giants for 124 yards, giving Morris 1106 yards for the season -- with 4 games still to play... Morris is the first Redskins running back to rush for over 1000 yards since Clinton Portis in 2008... The Giants had a single tackle for loss in the game, proof the Redskins offensive line was controlling the line of scrimmage... This is the first time the Giants have lost after leading on the road aat halftime since 2006.
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I Liked That... RG3 bounces right back up after taking a hard hit from the defense. That's old school Art Monk never-let-'em-see-you-hurt toughness right there... The Redskins did not panic when they fell behind 16-10 in the second half. They went right back to their running game and gave the Giants a double dose of Alfred Morris - and the Giants couldn't handle it... The Redskins rushed for 207 yards, averaged 6.7 yards per carry and did not allow a sack. That's great work from the offensive line... A week after the Giants sacked Packers QB Aaron Rodgers 5 times and racking up for tackles for loss, they had zero sacks and only one tackle for loss against the Redskins... RG3 completed only 62 percent of his passes for 7.76 yards per attempt -- both below his season averages -- but he avoided the killing mistake and committing no turnovers... The Redskins defense gave up 5 catches for 82 yards and 1 TD to TE Martellus Bennett in the first half -- and zero in the second half. .. The Redskins defense stiffened in the second half, giving up only one field goal and allowing the Giants to run only 8 plays in the fourth quarter.
I Did Not Like That... Allowing your opponent to covert 9 of 15 on third down is horrible... The Redskins scored only one touchdown on three trips to the red zone... The Redskins defense really struggles against opposing tight ends and Martellus Bennett had 5 catches for 82 yards and 1 TD in the first half tonight... ILB London Fletcher had another tough night in pass coverage and the Skins have got to come up with an answer for that... Washington will struggle against tight ends until they find some safeties and inside linebackers who can cover... The Redskins pass rush was AWOL virtually the entire night, but particularly in the first half... TE Logan Paulsen had a tough night with a drop and two penalties... The fumble by Alfred Morris in the third quarter nearly cost the Redskins dearly. The rookie needs to cover up the ball better... Washington gave up 117 yards on the ground tonight. The Giants never controlled the game with their rushing attack, but the Skins won't often win games when they give up over 100 yards rushing AND get torched in the passing game, too.
And It All Means... The Redskins are in a 3-way race for the NFC East with the 6-6 Cowboys and the 7-5 Giants, who still lead the division. Washington has won three in a row -- all against division opponents -- and have become a team capable of taking over a football game with a rushing attack that is brutally powerful one play and quick-as-lighning the next. The Redskins will continue to play important games in December, with a realistic chance at some kind of playoff berth. Most of all, it means hope has returned to fans of the Washington Redskins. No longer need fans look upon each season and each game with dread, awaiting the inevitable disappointment and embarrassment. The Redskins are fun to watch and root for again. We have two rookies, Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris, to thank for that.