(LANDOVER, Md.) — The New York Giants scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to defeat division rival Washington 24-17 on Sunday night and keep their hopes for a playoff berth alive. New York, winners of five of their last six, improved to 5-7 and sit two games back of Philadelphia and Dallas for first place in the NFC East. The Redskins, who have dropped five of their last six games, fell to 3-9 on the year.
Washington jumped out a 14-0 lead in the second quarter after a Robert Griffin III touchdown pass to Logan Paulsen. The Giants were able to muster two scoring drives in the final 10 minutes to tie things up heading into halftime. Andre Brown’s 23-yard run got New York on the board before Eli Manning found Brandon Meyers with just 35 seconds left in the half.
The Redskins did regain the lead in the third on a field goal from Kai Forbath but another Brown scoring run put New York ahead for good. Josh Brown added a field goal for insurance late as the Giants would hold on for the victory.
Defensive end Justin Tuck anchored a strong second half for the Giants defense, sacking Griffin four times in a span of seven offensive plays. New York held the Redskins to just 96 yards in the second half and came up with a game-clinching turnover when Will Hill stripped Pierre Garcon with 1:21 remaining as Washington was driving for a potential tying score.
Manning had another solid performance, throwing for 235 yards and a touchdown while completing 22 of 28 passes. Griffin finished the day with 207 passing yards and one touchdown while rushing for 88 more yards for Washington.
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