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Sept 19, 1:00 pm (FOX) - Washington at Giants
Game 2
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Redskins 7 0 0 7 14
Giants 0 20 0 0 20
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Giants win over the Redskins 20-14.
Giants scored all 20 points in the second quarter.
Giants defense forced 7 turnovers, 3 fumbles and 4 interceptions.
Kurt Warner went 22-of-33 for 232 yards and 1 touchdown.
Brent Alexander had 2 interceptions.
Fred Robbins and Gibril Wilson each had 1 interception.
Tim Carter caught 3 passes for 63 yards and 1 touchdown.
Will Peterson led the Giants with 8 tackles (7 unassisted).
Shaun Williams also had 7 unassisted tackles.

Game Notes:
"It might have taken a big effort to drag yourself to Giants stadium today, not expecting to enjoy the game too much after last week, and all last year, but WOW, it was really worth the trip!
The first quarter looked like what we've been used to seeing from the Giants. Kurt Warner was sacked on his first two possessions and a 47 yard field goal was no good, while the Redskins easily scored on their first shot to put the Giants down 7-0.
But then our defense got Washington three and out and the offense got going, moving the ball from their 25 yard line to the Redskins 36. Kurt Warner was six for six so far during this, moving the ball, but then of course on the 4th down and 1, Ron Dayne lost a yard and the Redskins took over with good field position.
Things weren't looking good.

Suddenly though, on a Redskins third and three, Mark Brunell was sacked on the blitz by Frank Robins and the fumbled ball was recovered by Michael Strahan. It felt really good, and we all had what I'll call our first feel-good moment of the season! Unbelievably, on the very next play, Kurt Warner connected with Tim Carter for a 38 yard touchdown and we had our second.

Could there be more? YES! A few minutes later, Shaun Williams caused running back Clinton Portis to fumble. Barrett Green picked up the ball and ran it 16 yards for a touchdown and a Giants 14-7 score.

Now how many feel-good moments have we fans been exposed to over the past year or so? Well, we got a bunch today because on Washington's next shot, Brunell was intercepted by Fred Robbins and the offense got a field goal off that. The Redskins went nowhere and the Giants took the ball from their own 24 to the Redskins 4. Steve Christie kicked a field goal and the Giants were up 20-7 in this game with only 37 seconds left in the half.

Of course Christie kicked the ball to the Redskins 6 and Chad Morton ran it back 49 yards to the Giants 45 yard line. Brunell completed a 16 yard pass and then one for 6 yards to the Giants 23. With 5 seconds left, I was losing my good feeling until John Hall's 41 yard attempt went 'bonk' off the right upright and the half is finally over. The Giants gave us quite a few more thrills before this game ended, and for the first time in a long time, my seat was worth every penny."

Game Notes:
"The fans were starting to get used to a few new names and the Giants were up 20-7 at the half. It took 3 Washington turnovers to get to that point, but don't get me wrong though, the offense helped themselves as well. Rushing yards were about equal to Washington, but passing yards were more than double.
Kurt Warner was an impressive 14 of 19 for 172 yards and 1 touchdown. Meanwhile Mark Brunell was 8 of 13 for 65 yards. Brunell started the third quarter with two incompletions before he scrambled and ran the ball 21 yards for a first down. The Giants defense had Brunell on the run a lot, and during the series he had to leave with a leg injury. Patrick Ramsey came in and on his very first pass attempt he's sacked by Fred Robbins.

That was great, but if you're a true Giants fan, you always worry about the Giants 'second-string quarterback jinx'. On the next play Portis fumbled while being hit by Will Peterson. Osi Umenyiora grabbed the ball and he took it 19 yards to the Giants 49. The offense got it to the Redskins 33 and they had Christie try a 55 yard field goal which fell short.

That was Washington's big chance to do something with good field position, but they couldn't, and on their next possession Ramsey, after a big 51 yard pass to Rod Gardner, was intercepted in the endzone by Brent Alexander. Ramsey did get them a touchdown on his next series. You started worrying about the jinx because the Giants lead was down to six. They weren't moving the ball any more, and the Redskins kept knocking. Ramsey was intercepted on his next series by Gibril Wilson at the Giants 10, and then again at the Giants 9 by Brent Alexander.

The Giants couldn't put it away on four tries with 1:24 left, So the Redskins had a last chance with just 18 seconds to go. A game ending swat at Ramsey's arm by Keith Washington killed any suspense that was left, and the Giants took the win. It was an exciting game, and I guess The Joe Gibbs 'Giants Stadium jinx' out trumps the Giants 'second-string quarterback jinx', and that's just fine with me."

First Quarter
Play: Mark Brunell (WAS) pass left side complete to Chris Cooley (WAS) for a 2 yard touchdown. Extra point by John Hall (WAS) is good.
Drive: 10 plays, 53 yds in 5:00.
Second Quarter

Play: Kurt Warner (NYG) pass across the middle complete to Tim Carter (NYG) for a 38 yard touchdown. Extra point by Steve Christie (NYG) is good.
Drive: 1 plays, 38 yds in 0:00.

Play: Washington fumble by Clinton Portis (WAS), recovered by Barrett Green (NYG), returned for a 16 yard touchdown. Extra point by Steve Christie (NYG) is good.
Drive: 1 plays, 16 yds in 0:00.

Play: 38 yard field goal by Steve Christie (NYG) is good.
Drive: 4 plays, 6 yds in 0:20.

Play: 22 yard field goal by Steve Christie (NYG) is good.
Drive: 11 plays, 72 yds in 2:13.

Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Drive: 2:14, 5 plays, 49 yd.
GIANTS 20-14

Game Stats:
Total First Downs    20 15
   By Rushing 6 4
   By Passing 11 11
   By Penalty 3 0
Third Down Efficiency 4-12-33% 1-13-8%
FourthDown Efficiency 0-1-0% 0-2-0%
Total Net Yards 322 277
   Total Offensive Plays (inc. times thrown passing) 68 63
   Average gain per offensive play 4.7 4.4
Net Yards Rushing 108 62
   Total Rushing Plays 28 28
   Average gain per rushing play 3.9 2.2
   Tackles for a loss-number and yards 4-22 4-10
Net Yards Passing 214 215
   Times thrown - yards lost attempting to pass 4-20 2-17
   Gross yards passing 234 232
Pass Attempts-Completions-Had Intercepted 36-19-4 33-22-0
   Avg gain per pass play (inc.# thrown passing) 5.4 6.1
Kickoffs Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks 3-0-0 5-0-0
Punts Number and Average 4-40.5 6-39.3
   Had Blocked 0 0
FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0
Net Punting Average 35.0 35.0
Total Return Average (Not Including Kickoffs) 26 36
   No. and Yards Punt Returns 3-26 2-22
   No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 5-112 3-67
   No. and Yards Interception Returns 0-0 4-14
Penalties Number and Yards 7-50 8-50
Fumbles Number and Lost 5-3 2-1
Touchdowns 2 2
   Rushing 0 0
   Passing 2 1
   Fumbles 0 1
Extra Points Made-Attempts 2-2 2-2
   Kicking Made-Attempts 2-2 2-2
Field Goals Made-Attempts 0-1 2-4
Red Zone Efficiency 2-3-67% 0-1-0%
Goal To Go Efficiency 1-2-50% 0-0-0%
Safeties 0 0
Final Score 14 20
Time Of Possesion 30:05 29:55

It was the first time in 18 years the Giants had 7 takeaways in a game.
Last time was on Dec. 7, 1986, also against Joe Gibbs and the Redskins, in a 24-7 victory in RFK Stadium, when they intercepted 6 passes and recovered 1 fumble.

Safety Brent Alexander intercepted 2 passes.
Defensive tackle Fred Robbins and rookie Gibril Wilson each had 1 interception.
All three players were playing in their first home game as Giants.

Tim Carter caught the Giants' first touchdown pass of the season.
It was his first career score and Kurt Warner's first touchdown pass as a Giant.

Kurt Warner competed his first 8 passes and finished the half with 14 completions in 19 attempts for 172 yards and one touchdown.

The win snapped a franchise record-tying 9 game losing streak for the Giants, who closed last season with 8 straight losses under Jim Fassel.

It was 322 days since the Giants had won a game.
It was 378 days since the Giants won a game at home.
It was 644 days since Tom Coughlin had won a game.
It was 966 days since Kurt Warner had won a game.

Amani Toomer caught a pass in his 85th consecutive game.

Punter Jeff Feagles played in his 257th consecutive game.
He has not missed a game in his 17-year career.

Osi Umenyiora's fumble recovery was the first of his career.

Michael Strahan's fumble recovery was the 11th of his career.

Michael Strahan presented Tom Coughlin with a game ball in the postgame locker room for his first victory as head coach of the Giants..

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