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New York Giants at Washington Redskins 12/1/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes

Final Score: New York Giants 24, Washington Redskins 17

December 1, 2013

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Barring an unprecedented meltdown, we won’t be seeing the Giants or the Redskins in the playoffs this year. Still, that doesn’t mean that games between the two teams have to be boring, and that was exactly the point proven on the Week 13 edition of “Sunday Night Football.” Both teams came into this game with just seven wins between them, so this one was more for pride and bragging rights than anything else.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the key statistics and players from the game, and see if we can figure out exactly why things happened the way they did. We’ll also look ahead to Week 14 and see what’s in store for each team.

What Happened: Scoreboard-wise, things started out well for the Redskins, and it looked like they might have finally found some life in their offense. They tallied the only score of the first quarter, a 1-yard Alfred Morris run that put them up 7-0. Early in the second, a 19-yard TD pass from Robert Griffin III to Logan Paulsen would give Washington a two-touchdown edge. Later in the quarter, the Giants would strike back with a pair of their own scores: a 23-yard Andre Brown run and a 22-yard TD hookup from Eli Manning to Brandon Myers. The teams went into the locker room knotted at 14.
The ‘Skins were able to retake the lead on a field goal in the third to make it 17-14, which was the only scoring of that quarter. The Giants got back on top with a 1-yard Andre Brown run early in the fourth, then extended the lead to seven with a Josh Brown field goal. After that, things got weird.
On their final drive, the Redskins were attempting to tie the game up. After a second-and-5 completion to Pierre Garcon, the officials marked him short of a first down. The chain gang, however, moved the markers as if he’d made it. Upon seeing that, the players believed it was first-and-10. After an incomplete pass, confusion ruled on the field as fourth down was signaled. Garcon fumbled on the final play to effectively end the game with a 24-17 Giants win.
New York moves to 5-7 with the victory, and Washington drops to 2-9.

New York Giants at Washington Redskins 12/1/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes

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The Stars: Neither team had a real standout; it was mostly a decent effort by all hands involved. Manning did reasonably well with 235 yards and a touchdown. His main beneficiaries were Victor Cruz (six grabs, 80 yards) and Brandon Myers (five catches, 61 yards, TD). Peyton Hillis also added some key carries in the run game, with six totes for 45 yards.
For the Redskins, Griffin had a decent day, especially on the ground. He passed for 207 yards and a score while adding another 88 yards rushing.

The Goats: The first-down debacle at the end of the game is going to get all sorts of coverage this week, so we’ll put the officiating staff here. After the game, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan even went so far as to say one of the referees told him it was a first down.
Speaking of Shanahan, he owes Washington fans an explanation (a better one, anyway) for why Alfred Morris all but disappeared from the game in the second half.

Injuries: The Giants came out relatively clean, but the Redskins had a pair of troubling injury issues to their secondary. Reed Doughty (concussion) and DeAngelo Hall (hip) both left the game.

Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 14, the Redskins have a tough matchup at home against the Chiefs (Sunday, December 8, 1:00 PM ET on CBS). Meanwhile, the Giants will make a cross-country trip to visit the Chargers in San Diego (Sunday, December 8, 4:25 PM ET on FOX).

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