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Washington Redskins Defeat Division Rival New York Giants, 29-27

On the road and 0-2, Washington takes a "nothing to lose" attitude to the bank for a win over the Giants.

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1 2 3 4 Final
Washington Redskins 6 10 7 6 29
New York Giants 14 7 3 3 27

Today's division match up at Met Life gave fans the emotional roller coaster ride of an entire season in a single game: Injured starters.  Interception in the end zone.  Fake punt.  Blocked punt.  Two personal fouls and an ejected player. A feel good, fantastic interception by a rookie to win the game.

The game started on a high.  The defense showed up to make a solid stand, a 3-and-out on a two yard run and two incomplete passes.  Special teams immediately followed the defense's stand, however, with a botched punt return (with a little help from the Giants, who pushed Quinton Dunbar into the ball) that gave the Giants back the ball in the Redskins' half and led to a New York touchdown.  The Redskins continued to go more or less one-for-one with the Giants on scoring plays, but the problem was that Giants' touchdowns and redskins' field goals were not equal points.

Momentum swung in the Redskins' favor as Jamison Crowder shocked the team with its first major punt return in four years.  Crowder ran the ball back for more than 50 yards, but the offense stalled again and managed only a field goal.  The Giants responded with a touchdown, and Cousins teamed up with DeSean Jackson for two quick, long plays and a score, putting them back on a high as the first half continued.

The roller coaster screamed back down the hill as the team ended the half with an unthinkable train wreck.  With 23 seconds left on the clock, Jordan Reed caught the ball in the red zone.  The offense took twelve, painstakingly slow seconds to get to the ball and spike it on first and goal.  For some unknown reason, Cousins tried to extend the play on third down with six seconds on the clock and one timeout in his pocket.  The Giants sacked Cousins, the clock ran out, and the Redskins added nothing to their score at the end of the half.

The second half began about as well as the first ended.  The offense started with the ball but couldn't get going, and the offensive line had to do the injury shuffle.. Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams slid inside to left guard, and Ty Nsekhe took over at left tackle. Williams quickly showed his comfort in the role, though, and held up two defenders on Cousins' pass to Crowder, who turned the play into a 50+ yard reception for a touchdown.

As the second half continued, fans found themselves still strapped in for a ridiculous roller coaster ride.  The ride included the Giants' center being ejected from the game after earning his second personal foul penalty.  (Yes, you read that right: the center, and not Josh Norman or Odell Beckham, Jr., was ejected from the game.)  It included David Bruton, Jr. being denied what seemed to be an obvious interception in the end zone, and the Giants scoring a field goal on the next play.  It included two standout plays from Quinton Dunbar: a catch on a fake punt pass from Tress way, which makes sense when you consider Dunbar came into the league as a wide receiver, and a one-handed interception in the end zone.  It included the Redskins remembering that they can in fact run out large chunks of the clock by feeding Jones.  It included one last, stomach-dropping hill as the Redskins gave the Giants back the ball with two timeouts and just under two minutes left on the clock.

And in the end, after being tossed between highs and lows for nearly three and a half hours, fans were rewarded with a high: rookie Su'a Cravens made a graceful, athletic interception on a pass Manning intended for Shane Vereen.  Cravens sprinted off the field, surrounded by teammates, and celebrating as if the weight of the entire capital city had been lifted off their collective shoulders.

While the team has much to be concerned about in the coming days, including injuries to Bashaud Breeland, Kory Lichtensteiger, DeAngelo Hall, Shawn Lauvao, and Matt Jones (who returned after being checked for a concussion), the team and their fans can finally, for the first time since the off season, breathe a sigh of relief for a little while.

By the numbers: Cousins (21/35, 296 yards, 2 TD), Way (1/1, 31 yards), Jackson (5 receptions, 96 yards), Pierre Garcon (5 receptions, 59 yards), Crowder (4 receptions, 78 yards), Jones (17 attempts, 65 yards), Dustin Hopkins (5/5, 49 long), Greg Toler (1 recovered fumble), Dunbar (1 INT), Cravens (1 INT), Baker (1 sack, 1 FF), Murphy (1 sack, 1 FF)