Giants 14

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Redskins 28

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:15 PM ET, September 11, 2011

FedEx Field, Landover, MD 

1 2 3 4 T
NYG 7 7 0 014
WSH 0 14 7 728

Top Performers

Passing: R. Grossman (WSH) - 305 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: T. Hightower (WSH) - 25 CAR, 72 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: H. Nicks (NYG) - 7 REC, 122 YDS

Rex Grossman shines as Redskins defeat Giants

Associated Press

LANDOVER, Md. -- Rex Grossman celebrated what he thought was his first touchdown pass by leapfrogging receiver Anthony Armstrong. Oops. Not quite. Turns out Armstrong was down at the 1.

When Grossman later connected with Armstrong for a touchdown that counted, the quarterback made a giddy backward trot toward the sideline, then turned around and kept running for another 20 yards or more along the Washington Redskins bench.

"Some situations are more emotional than others," Grossman said. "I just react to the moment. I was happy."

There was more Good Rex than Bad Rex in Grossman's first Week 1 start since 2007. The quarterback so maligned back then in Chicago completed 21 of 34 passes for 305 yards Sunday with two touchdowns, no interceptions and one lost fumble -- mostly avoiding the type of negative play that has so often defined his career -- as the Redskins opened the season with a 28-14 win over the New York Giants.

"I know it means so much to Rex," said tight end Chris Cooley, who had a Saturday dinner with Grossman during which both expressed their opening day nerves. "He wants to be an outstanding quarterback. ... He deserved to play so well today. I'm so happy for him."

Grossman's performance, at least for a week, justifies coach Mike Shanahan's choice in a quarterback competition against John Beck that lasted the entire preseason. After an 0 for 4 start, Grossman started spreading the ball around against a short-handed Giants defense. Fred Davis had a career-high 105 yards on five catches.

A stadium of burgundy and gold became red, white and blue -- in color and in spirit -- during pregame ceremonies for the opener featuring the cities hit by the terrorists attacks 10 years ago. Chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" greeted former Secretary of State Colin Powell as he walked onto the field to perform the coin toss, and the fans -- most holding miniature American flags -- chanted again after a national anthem during which players from both teams helped hold an enormous version of the Stars and Stripes that covered the entire field.

"Any typical kickoff weekend, your emotions are high," Grossman said. "Being it's Sept. 11, 10th anniversary, Colin Powell's in the locker room giving you the pregame speech, and then coming out and the fans are chanting 'U-S-A.' I was overwhelmed. It was a fun day. It's a day I'll never forget."

The Redskins fans kept cheering as their team ended a six-game losing streak against the Giants, beating their NFC East nemesis at home for the first time since 2005. The score was tied at 14 at halftime, but Washington first-round pick Ryan Kerrigan swung the momentum early in the third quarter when he batted Eli Manning's pass into the air, caught it, returned it 9 yards and found himself jumping up and down over a go-ahead touchdown in his NFL debut.

Manning completed 18 of 32 passes for 268 yards and was sacked four times by a Redskins defense that ranked 31st in the league last year but has been retooled around former Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield. New York generated only 102 yards in the second half.

"Offensively, we didn't do a thing," said Giants coach Tom Coughlin, throwing his hands up.

Grossman's solid day came against a Giants defense that can't seem to go more than a few days without losing a player. Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Tuck was inactive with a lingering neck injury, adding to a lengthy list that already included Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umemyiora (knee), cornerback Prince Amukamara (foot), linebacker Jonathan Goff (knee) plus several others from training camp. Sixth-round pick Greg Jones started at middle linebacker.

"You seen who was out there," said New York running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who had a 6-yard touchdown run in the first half. "We don't have our whole team. In the end, it didn't matter. They played better than us. They beat us."

Grossman was far from perfect. There were a couple of near-interceptions, and his fumble on a sack near midfield with the score 21-14 gave the Giants an opening to tie the game. But New York's drive stalled, and Washington's Brian Orakpo blocked a 38-yard field goal attempt with 10:57 remaining.

Grossman then took the Redskins 70 yards, capped by a 4-yard touchdown pass to former University of Florida teammate Jabar Gaffney that provided a two-touchdown cushion with 5:04 to play. This time, Grossman simply jogged to the sideline, as if to say, "Been there, done that."

"Feeling like I was in Florida again," Grossman said.

Game notes

Manning made his 111th consecutive start, taking over top spot among active QBs from brother Peyton Manning, whose run of 227 for Indianapolis came to end because of a neck injury. ... Cooley (three catches) moved past Jerry Smith as the Redskins' all-time leader in catches by a tight end. Cooley now has 423. ... Armstrong has three of his four career TDs in three games against the Giants.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1521
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5664
Total Yards315332
Yards per play5.65.2
Total Drives1312
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-33-4
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

nygTD10:03Eli Manning 2 Yard Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 70 yds, 0:35
wshTD11:31Tim Hightower 1 Yard Run (Graham Gano Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 66 yds, 5:32
nygTD2:54Ahmad Bradshaw 6 Yard Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 85 yds, 4:44
wshTD0:43Anthony Armstrong 6 Yard Pass From Rex Grossman (Graham Gano Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yds, 2:11
wshTD13:10Ryan Kerrigan 9 Yard Interception Return (Graham Gano Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 0 yds, 1:57
wshTD5:11Jabar Gaffney 4 Yard Pass From Rex Grossman (Graham Gano Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 70 yds, 5:53

Research Notes

NEXT LEVEL: Against the Giants on Sunday, Rex Grossman was 12-14 for 115 yards and two touchdowns on throws shorter than 11 yards. Last season, Grossman completed 57.7 pct of his short passes, which was second worst in the league among passers with at least 90 attempts.

GrossmanRex Grossman has three 300-yard passing games since joining the Redskins and all three have come against the NFC East.


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