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12/02/2013 1:08 AM EST
Manning, Tuck lead Giants over Redskins 24-17
NY GIANTS 24, WASHINGTON 17

By JOSEPH WHITE
AP Sports Writer

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- In a span of seven Washington Redskins
offensive plays, Justin Tuck sacked Robert Griffin III four
times.

In a span of 10 pass attempts, Eli Manning completed all 10.

If Tuck and Manning had been humming like that all season, the
New York Giants wouldn't be on the fringes of the playoff race.

As it is, they've made it to 5-7 - not bad after an 0-6 start -
with Sunday night's 24-17 win over the Redskins.

"If I was standing here with four sacks and a loss, I wouldn't
give two cents," said Tuck, who had only 2 1/2 sacks on the
season entering the game. "But we got a win. I played pretty
good tonight."

The win keeps the Giants (5-7) two games behind division leaders
Dallas and Philadelphia with four to play.

"After last week's loss we were probably going to have to win
five in a row," Manning said, "and this is the first one,"

The Redskins (3-9), meanwhile, were eliminated from the
postseason for the 17th time in 21 years and finished the season
0-5 in prime time.

"When you're out of it, yeah, it's very disappointing. ... You
don't like to play for pride," Washington coach Mike Shanahan
said, "but sometimes that's the card that's dealt, and that's
where we're at right now."

The Giants let Griffin do essentially whatever he wanted early
on - the quarterback completed 16 of 17 passes in the first half
- but Tuck and the Giants defense took over when it mattered,
holding the Redskins to 96 second-half yards.

Linebacker Jon Beason finished with 17 tackles in a game New
York played without defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder)
and cornerback Corey Webster (ankle).

The defense clinched the game with one final big play, when
safety Will Hill wrestled the ball from Pierre Garcon after the
receiver made a catch near midfield with 1:21 remaining as the
Redskins were driving for a possible tying score.

The turnover came two plays after a confusing moment in which
Washington apparently thought it had a first down - the sideline
down marker was at "1" - when it was actually third-and-1.

Shanahan vented at officials over the miscue, which referee Jeff
Triplette said was caused when the chains were incorrectly
moved, but the Redskins technically converted the fourth-and-1
anyway because Garcon had enough yardage for the first down
before he was stripped of the ball.

Manning and Griffin put on quite the statistical show in the
first half - they were a combined 26 for 29 for 250 yards at
halftime - before the same troubles that have beset both teams
resurfaced in droves.

Manning had a high throw tipped for an interception in the third
quarter, and he remains on course to have more interceptions
than touchdown passes for the first time since his rookie
season. Manning was also sacked three times, giving him a
career-high of 31.

But the Redskins could only convert Manning's interception into
a field goal - even though they got the ball at the New York 12.
That gave Washington a 17-14 lead, which evaporated after a
gaffe by the consensus worst special teams units in the league.

Redskins long snapper Kyle Nelson sent a bouncing grounder back
to punter Sav Rocca, leading to a blocked punt that was
compounded by a holding penalty on Nelson that added 10 yards to
the final spot.

The Giants took over at the Washington 46 and needed only four
plays and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on cornerback
DeAngelo Hall to produce Andre Brown's 1-yard touchdown run that
made the score 21-17, putting the Giants ahead for good early in
the fourth quarter.

"You can't stop yourselves," Shanahan said. "We had some
penalties. We had some dropped balls. We had a couple missed
assignments. You couple all those things and that's how you lose
a football game."

Josh Brown added an insurance 39-yard field goal with 2:32
remaining.

Manning finished 22 for 28 for 235 yards, including a 22-yard
touchdown pass to Brandon Myers in the second quarter that was
part of the 10 completions in a row.

After his stellar first half, Griffin was 8 for 15 for 58 yards
in the second half for a final line of 24 for 32 for 207 yards
and a season-high 88 yards rushing on 12 carries. He wasn't
sacked in the first half, but he went down five times after
halftime.

"He outran me on a few plays," Tuck said, "but I thought he
looked good until we were able to make some adjustments."

Notes: The Redskins scored a touchdown on their opening
possession for the first time this season. ... The Giants had
only one running play of 20-plus yards entering the game, but
they had two on the same drive, including a 23-yard touchdown
run by Brown that made the score 14-7. ... Redskins injuries: CB
Hall (left hip), LB London Fletcher (sprained ankle).

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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

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