Fum­bles bring lots of havoc in game

Red­skins

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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.

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