Jobu reviews the Giants’ week 7 triumph over the Washington Redskins.
Because I’ve had him on my fantasy team all season long, I know what Robert Griffin, III brings to the field every Sunday. I’ve seen him have his struggles in certain games, but I’ve also seen him run all over the field and show off his cannon arm. He did all of that for the Washington Redskins against the Giants in week seven. His biggest gaffe of the day, however, was leaving 1:32 on the clock when the Redskins took the lead late in the fourth quarter. Eli hooked up with Victor Cruz yet again, and the Giants snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in front of the home crowd.
This was a solid back-and-forth contest for sure. If the Redskins are on their way back to glory with RGIII at the helm, and they keep playing the Giants tough like this, it will be great for the rivalry and great for both franchises. Like a couple of prize fighters, these two teams traded blows for the entire game, keeping the crowd entertained throughout.
The Redskins drew first blood with a field goal by Kai Forbath in the first before the Giants opened up the second period with a rushing TD by surprise backup Andre Brown. The Redskins fired back with a TD pass from Griffin to Moss to make things 10-7, but the Giants tied it up with a Lawrence Tynes field goal. Each team would hit a field goal before the end of the half, and we went to the break tied at 13.
No one scored in the third, which set up the exciting fourth quarter. Ahmad Bradshaw pushed it into the end zone for a one yard score just two minutes into the fourth, and the Giants led 20-13. Washington then got a field goal from Forbath with 5:21 to go, before Griffin marched them down the field and gave them a 23-20 lead with a 30-yard touchdown to that damn Santana Moss again!
The ‘Skins looked poised for the upset win, but they don’t call Eli Manning the best fourth quarter quarterback in the league for nothing. Rather than take his time with the game winning drive, Manning threw a deep ball to Victor Cruz. Cruz got behind the secondary, made the catch and rolled 77 yards for the game winning score just 19 seconds after Washington had taken the lead. Everybody Salsa Bomb.
The Giants could have easily lost this game and fallen to 4-3, but they went out and got a big win late. This was the formula they used in the Super Bowl in 2008, and through most of their Super Bowl run last season. You simply cannot give Eli Manning time to win the game late in the fourth. The Eagles managed to escape the wrath of fourth quarter Eli, but the odds jump heavily in the Giants favor in these situations. They went out and proved it again on Sunday. Big Win.
Most Valuable Giants
Eli Manning: 26-40, 337 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs
Victor Cruz: 7 catches, 131 yards, 1 TD
Martellus Bennett: 5 catches, 79 yards
The Giants’ D: 3 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 INT
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