The New York Giants had their scoring opportunities in the first half, but penalties were the reason why the Giants were only able to score 13 points by halftime. The Washington Redskins defense tightened up a bit, especially on the run, in the second half. That allowed Redskins’ QB Robert Griffin III to make plays and get what turned out to be the game-winning score.
The Giants had four drives in the first half. The first three were long drives that ate up a lot of clock. However, the Giants only got 10 points out of it, with K Lawrence Tynes missing a field goal he should’ve made. The Giants, with three timeouts and under a minute left in the half, were able to get into field goal range against the anemic Redskins’ defense and get a field goal right before the end of the half.
The Giants inability to set the edge on the runs turned out to be the reason why the Giants weren’t able to get the Redskins’ offense off the field. Redskins’ RB Alfred Morris got 124 yards on 22 carries, getting to the outside at ease in the first half. Griffin III was able to do the same on a couple of runs, including the lucky fumble that ended up in the arms of WR Josh Morgan for the touchdown.
Penalties also played a key role in this game. The Giants have been pretty good at avoiding costly penalties all season. They didn’t avoid that in this game. Giants’ QB Eli Manning had an opportunity to lead the Giants to a game-winning score when he completed a pass to TE Martellus Bennett on 3rd and 10. However, a holding call against OL Will Beatty negated the first down.
The Giants didn’t play horribly in this game. They held the ball offensively for a long time in the first half, keeping Griffin III off the field. However, the Giants inability to get touchdowns instead of field goals, in addition to not being able to set the edge against the run, cost them the game.