Redskins 17

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Giants 23

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:15 PM ET, September 13, 2009

Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 0 7 3 717
NYG 3 14 0 623

Top Performers

Passing: E. Manning (NYG) - 256 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Portis (WSH) - 16 CAR, 62 YDS

Receiving: A. Randle El (WSH) - 7 REC, 98 YDS

Giants open NFC East title defense with victory over Redskins

Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants didn't find a replacement for Plaxico Burress in opening defense of their NFC East title.

They added something just as valuable, a healthy Osi Umenyiora, and he's as good ever.

Manning Up Late

Eli Manning was great when it counted, hitting his stride in the second and fourth quarters of the Giants' victory over the Redskins.

Manning by quarter
Quarter 1st & 3rd 2nd & 4th
Cmp-Att 9-13 11-16
Yards 87 169
TD-Int 0-1 1-0
Passer rating 55.6 124.2

Returning from a major knee injury that wiped out his 2008 season, Umenyiora scored on a 37-yard fumble return after knocking a ball loose on a sack in leading the Giants to a 23-17 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

"It was unbelievable and now all that is in the past," Umenyiora said after his first meaningful game since the Super Bowl in February 2008. "I can't even explain it to you, when something like that is taken away from you. Last year I missed it. I was happy I was able to come back in there."

So were the Giants, who once again had no problem handling the Redskins, even with their addition of $100 million defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. They swept both games last season and again dominated.

Mosley: Giants' D Buys Time

Osi Umenyiora used his knack for rarely ending up on the ground to tip the ball away from Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell, race 37 yards for a touchdown, and send a clear signal that this defensive line is poised to return to its past glory, writes Matt Mosley. Blog

• NFC East blog

The Giants jumped out to a 17-0 first-half lead and were never threatened by the NFL's so-called best last-place team.

Eli Manning threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Mario Manningham and Lawrence Tynes added three field goals, including a 45-yarder in the fourth quarter that was set up by an offside penalty by Haynesworth, who stuffed the middle of the line but did little else in his Washington debut.

The game- breaking play was Umenyiora's second-quarter return. The two-time Pro Bowler beat tackle Chris Samuels with an outside speed rush, knocked the ball out of Jason Campbell's hands and then picked it up and pranced his way to the end zone.

Fast Facts

• The Giants jumped out to a 17-0 lead and held off the Redskins for their sixth win in their last seven games against the Redskins.

• Eli Manning completed 20-of-29 passes for 256 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

• In his first regular-season game since 2007, Osi Umenyiora had a sack that he recovered for a touchdown and recovered a fumble that he returned 37 yards.

• Jason Campbell completed 19-of-26 passes for 211 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

• The Redskins opened the season 0-1 for the third time in the last four years.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

"To be honest, I don't know what happened," Umenyiora said. "That's the way most plays are made. You just go out there and sometimes good things happen. They always get on me about knocking the ball out and not picking it up. When I saw it, I just picked it up."

"Osi made a great play on the ball," said Campbell, who was 19 of 26 for 211 yards and an interception. "It's something you have to understand as a quarterback you have to feel it more or slide up in the pocket."

Campbell held it too long, and Umenyiora made him and the Redskins pay.

Washington, which trailed all game, drew within 23-17 with 1:30 to play on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Campbell to Chris Cooley. Steve Smith recovered the onside kick and New York ran out the clock.

Washington also got an 8-yard touchdown run from punter Hunter Smith on a fake field goal late in the first half and a 27-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham in the third quarter.

"Not only was it a W, but it was against an NFC East opponent," Umenyiora said. "It was a great game."

The Giants came into the game wondering whether they could replace Burress and Amani Toomer at receiver, and whether the defense could dominate under new coordinator Bill Sheridan, who took over when Steve Spagnuolo became the Rams head coach.

There are still questions to be answered with the receivers, especially with top draft pick Hakeem Nicks spraining his left foot in the second half. However, Manning (20 of 29 for 256) spread the ball around, connecting with Smith six times for 80 yards.

The defense was outstanding, limiting Washington to 272 yards, forcing two turnovers and getting three sacks. Washington's two touchdowns were on the gadget play and one late one after Tynes kicked his third field goal for a 23-10 lead in the closing minutes.

Tynes' 28-yard field goal gave New York an early 3-0 lead and Manningham personally stretched it to 10-0 after taking a short pass from Manning. The second-year receiver deked Fred Smoot at the line of scrimmage, avoided a pushout attempt near the sideline by Andre Carter at the 20 and stopped short to avoid a tackle by DeAngelo Hall for his first NFL score.

Washington, which ran itself out of a scoring opportunity on its opening series with an ill-advised gadget play, used one to get on the board with 21 seconds left in the half. Faced with a fourth-and-goal at the Giants 8, coach Jim Zorn went with a fake and it caught New York by surprise, allowing Smith to jog in for a touchdown.

"It was really neat, but it would have been neater had we been able to capitalize and win the game," Smith said.

Suisham's short field goal was set up by Hall's interception of Manning deep in New York territory.

"Not getting seven on that hurt us," said Clinton Portis, who finished with 62 yards rushing on 16 carries.

Game notes

Hunter Smith's touchdown run was the second of his career. He had one with Indianapolis on a fake field goal in 2003. ... Giants backup halfback Danny Ware dislocated his left elbow returning the opening kickoff. He watched the second half wearing a sling. ... Manning lost a second-quarter fumble on a play with Carter grabbing his facemask. No call was made. ... With Aaron Ross and Kevin Dockery out, the Giants played with three cornerbacks. Corey Webster, who got into a scuffle with Santana Moss, had an interception.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1518
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5061
Total Yards272351
Yards per play5.45.8
Total Drives1010
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-30-3
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

Passing Leaders

Randle El0/000.0001-11

Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders

Randle El79814.0035

Scoring Summary

nygFG7:45Lawrence Tynes 28 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 67 yds, 7:19
nygTD10:22Mario Manningham 30 Yard Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 44 yds, 3:10
nygTD2:29Osi Umenyiora 37 Yard Fumble Return (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 0 yds, 1:38
wshTD0:33Hunter Smith 8 Yard Run (Shaun Suisham Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 77 yds, 1:50
wshFG0:56Shaun Suisham 27 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 2 yds, 1:57
nygFG11:08Lawrence Tynes 45 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 44 yds, 4:47
nygFG3:22Lawrence Tynes 28 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 66 yds, 6:11
wshTD1:37Chris Cooley 17 Yard Pass From Jason Campbell (Shaun Suisham Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 72 yds, 1:42