Fumbles bring lots of havoc in game
the fourth quarter.
Another fumble by the Redskins — this one by Alfred Morris, midway through the third quarter — was recovered by the Giants and set off a melee, before leading to one of Tynes’ kicks.
That was the only scoring in that period, after a flurry of points late in the second quarter.
Manning’s TD toss put New York ahead 10-7 with about 2½ minutes left in the first half, capping a 13-play, 85-yard drive that lasted nearly 7½ minutes and included conversions on third-and-10, secondand-16 and second-and- 20
Washington responded with Kai Forbath’s 33yard field goal with 41 seconds remaining. But Tynes’ second field goal of the game, a 40-yarder as time expired after a 28yard pass from Manning to Bennett, put New York back in front 13-10 at halftime.
It was part of a strong, if low-scoring, showing for New York’s offense against Washington’s struggling defense: The reigning Super Bowl champions compiled a big edge in time of possession (28:55 to 16:05) and 379-274 advantage in total yards through three quarters.
With a 7-yard gain on the next-to-last play of that quarter, Griffin reached 707 yards rushing for the season, breaking Newton’s record of 706, set last season.
Midway through the third quarter, on thirdand-1 from the Washington 39, Griffin took off for only his second run of.the game and gained 46 yards before getting dragged down by the shirttail by safety Stevie Brown at the New York 15.
On the next play, Morris fumbled when hit by Chase Blackburn, setting off a scramble to recover the ball near the sideline. With penalty flags flying, Keith Rivers recovered the ball and the Giants took over at their 9.
Meanwhile, in the scrum, Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph yanked at Redskins center Will Montgomery’s leg. Montgomery kicked at Linval in response, and Linval stomped at Montgomery. Joseph and a Redskins player were whistled for unnecessary roughness penalties.
The ensuing Giants possession included Manning’s 49-yard pass to Victor Cruz, but New York once again settled for a field-goal attempt. Tynes made a 35-yard kick to put New York up 16-10.