Washington’s NFL team took over first place in the NFC East with a 20-14 victory over the New York Giants on Nov. 29 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
Washington Redskins inside linebacker Perry Riley (56) intercepts an Eli Manning pass intended for New York Giants running back Shane Vereen (34) as Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland (26) tackles Vereen during the first half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. The Washington Redskins defeated the New York Giants 20-14. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington’s secondary was aggressive from the beginning, and quarterback Eli Manning threw two interceptions in the Giants’ first two possessions. With top cornerback Chris Culliver sidelined with a torn ACL and MCL, Washington used a rotation of Quinton Dunbar, Bashuad Breeland and DeAngelo Hall to cover Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins put the first points on the board with a 41-yard field goal in the second quarter.
After Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie briefly left the game with an ankle injury, Washington (5-6) immediately took advantage of the hole in New York’s coverage. Cousins fired downfield to wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who easily beat backup cornerback Jayron Hosley for a 63-yard touchdown.
With less than two minutes left in the first half, Cousins threw a short pass up the middle to wide receiver Jamison Crowder for a 4-yard touchdown. However, after review, officials reversed the call because Crowder’s knee was down before the ball reached the end zone.
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) passes the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. The Redskins defeated the Giants 20-14. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
On the next play, at fourth-and-goal, Cousins rushed into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown to give Washington a 17-0 lead at halftime.
Washington’s defense held the Giants (5-6) to just 117 total yards in the first half.
After being shutout for three straight quarters, the Giants finally scored on back-to-back possessions. With approximately 10 minutes left to play, Manning connected with wide receiver Rueben Randle on fourth-and-16 for a 40-yard touchdown.
The Giants continued their fourth quarter push on their next possession, as Beckham made a diving grab in the end zone for a spectacular 21-yard touchdown reception. It was an unbelievable catch that only Beckham
Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) carries the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. The Washington Redskins defeated the New York Giants 20-14. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
could make, and cut Washington’s lead to six points.
However, it was too little too late, and Washington’s NFL team drained the clock with an effective run game to secure the win.
Cousins completed 20 of 29 passes for 302 yards and one touchdown.
Manning completed 26 of 51 passes for 321 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. He was also sacked three times.
Next: Washington will face their division rival, the Dallas Cowboys, at home on Dec. 7. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m.