Red­skins tag Gi­ants with first loss of year

Red­skins stymie fi­nal drive to give New York first loss of year

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Tom Cana­van AP Sports Writer

All the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins needed to avoid a dreaded 0-3 start was a cou­ple of fourth-quar­ter in­ter­cep­tions by back­ups and five field goals from a guy who had never made that many in a game.

Dustin Hop­kins kicked a 37yard field goal with 1:51 to play and the de­fend­ing NFC East cham­pion Red­skins got a much­needed 29-27 win over the penaltyand er­ror-prone New York Gi­ants (2-1) on Sun­day.

“We needed to get that first win bad,” said cor­ner­back Greg Toler, who played most of the game af­ter starter Bashaud Bree­land hurt an an­kle early. “We couldn’t lose the first three, and we hung in there and got some real con­tri­bu­tions from ev­ery­body. You get ev­ery­one step­ping up. The coaches treat all of us the same, coaches us up whether first- or sec­ond- or third- or fourth-string like we are starters.”

The guys who re­ally stepped up were line­backer Su’a Cravens and cor­ner­back Quin­ton Dun­bar.

Af­ter Hop­kins put Wash­ing­ton ahead, the Gi­ants got a first down at their own 39 with 69 sec­onds to play. On the next play, Man­ning went over the mid­dle to Shane Vereen and Cravens dived in front of the half­back and picked it off.

Ear­lier in the quar­ter, Dun-

bar jumped a seam pat­tern pass to tight end Will Tye in the end zone and in­ter­cepted it, end­ing a Gi­ants drive at the Wash­ing­ton 15 cour­tesy of an Odell Beck­ham catch-and-run. It kept Wash­ing­ton ahead 26-24.

Josh Brown would put New York ahead with a 30-yard field goal mid­way through the quar­ter, but Wash­ing­ton came back.

It was a game marked by Gi­ants mis­takes. They turned the ball over three times and had 11 penal­ties for 128 yards.

“Any time you lose against any team, no mat­ter where they are at, it is a tough one to swal­low,” re­ceiver Victor Cruz said. “Es­pe­cially one like this where we had some op­por­tu­ni­ties to put some points on the board, but you win some and you lose some, you have to learn from the losses and move on.”

The worst of the Gi­ants’ penal­ties was a third­down hit to the hel­met by Olivier Ver­non that kept the Red­skins’ game-win­ning drive alive.

“Ev­ery­one loves touch­downs. I love touch­downs,” Hop­kins said. “When they call on me, I do the best I can to put the team in a po­si­tion to win, whether they send me out there five times or once, it’s OK.”

Shane Vereen scored on a 1-yard run, Man­ning threw a 23-yard

TD to Shep­ard and Or­leans Darkwa scored on a 2-yard run for New York.

Kirk Cousins threw touch­down passes of 44 yards to DeSean Jackson and 55 to Jami­son Crow­der as the bangedup Red­skins handed new Gi­ants coach Ben McA­doo his first loss.

This was an NFC East matchup that see­sawed the en­tire sec­ond half af­ter Wash­ing­ton ral­lied from a 21-9 deficit.

KATHY WILLENS — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Red­skins wide re­ceiver Jami­son Crow­der breaks a tackle by New York Gi­ants’ Trevin Wade to score a touch­down dur­ing the sec­ond half of Sun­day’s game in East Ruther­ford, N.J.

BILL KOSTROUN — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Red­skins de­fen­sive back Su’a Cravens is tack­led by Gi­ants’ Shane Vereen (34) af­ter in­ter­cept­ing an Eli Man­ning pass.

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