Report Card: Let the dog eat this one

December, 4, 2012



Ahmad Bradshaw finished with his third 100-yard rushing game of the season with 103 yards on 24 carries. The running game was a large part of why the Giants dominated the clock in the first half as Bradshaw gained 77 yards by intermission.

But in the fourth, with the game on the line, the Giants tried to run the ball four times with minimal gains each time. Also, the Giants gave David Wilson just four carries after saying that his time to contribute had come.



Eli Manning threw for 280 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions and spread the ball around with Martellus Bennett, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks all getting five catches each.

But he completed just six passes in the second half and just one in the fourth quarter for four yards. Manning had one big completion - a first down to Bennett - that would have put the Giants in Redskins' territory with under five minutes left wiped out by a crippling holding penalty.



For the second time this season, rookie Alfred Morris put up 120 yards or more against the Redskins. This time, it was 124 yards, 80 of them coming after halftime.

Robert Griffin III ran for 72 yards, 46 coming on one run in the third quarter when the Giants surrendered 101 rushing yards on nine carries.

And when they needed a stop at the end, the Giants gave up two first downs on running plays. The Giants did force a Morris fumble that stopped a Redskins' scoring threat in the third quarter.



The Giants only gave up 163 yards through the air to Robert Griffin III. But RG3 and Pierre Garcon still hurt them when they absolutely needed to.

There was the eight-yard touchdown pass to Garcon to put the Redskins up for good in the fourth and a 17-yard completion on a second-and-8 with 2:19 left that helped put the game away.

Garcon hurt the Giants with eight catches for 106 yards and his touchdown.



Lawrence Tynes made three field goals that kept the Giants in the game. And the Giants didn't give up any touchdowns on returns.

But there shaky field goal snaps, a missed 43-yard field goal and three penalties on returns with one of them costing the Giants dearly.

David Wilson gave the Giants a much-needed fourth-quarter spark with a kickoff return to the 50 after the Redskins took the lead. But Jim Cordle was flagged for holding, bringing it back to their own 8-yard-line.



The Giants had a sound game plan by keeping the ball out of RG3's hands and dominating the clock, which they did effectively in the first half.

But the Giants didn't score enough points, had too many penalties and got a tad conservative in the fourth quarter on offense. The game was there for the taking and the Giants found ways to beat themselves after halftime.



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