The New York Giants escaped with a 27-23 win over the divisional rival Washington Redskins yesterday. (I had Giants 28-24, guess I’m slipping in predictions) Here are a few observations from the Giants clutch, come from behind victory.
Captain Clutch: Eli Manning is proving time and time again what a clutch player he is. This was his 21st career comeback in the fourth quarter, including eight in the past two seasons which leads the league. Robert Griffin III gave the Redskins the lead on his second touchdown pass to Santana Moss of the day.
With 1:13 to go, Manning hits wideout Victor Cruz for 77 yards to give the Giants the lead. Manning has had some of his worst career numbers against Washington as he has only completed a little over 55% of his passes and has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns against the Redskins for his career.
The Real Deal: Speaking of RGIII, this was his first career game against the Giants. If people didn’t think he was the real deal before, they really need to start believing now.
Anytime you can come into the defending Super Bowl Champions’ house and have a lead under two minutes to go, you’re doing something right. He made his mistakes, like the interception he threw as well as the fumble on the sack, but all rookies are going to have that happen. The Giants defensive players showered RGIII with praise in their post-game comments. You don’t hear them do that too often with players.
Where Are We Running?: Just looking at the shear running statistics, you have to be shocked that the Giants won. The Redskins out rushed the Giants 248-64. Alfred Morris gashed the Giants for 120 yards and averaged 5.6 yards per attempt between the tackles. That is just way too many. Look for the Giants to work on that a lot this week.