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Giants' first loss under McAdoo a repeat of last year

01 October 2016
Giants' first loss under McAdoo a repeat of last year

Kirk Cousins threw two long touchdown passes, kicker Dustin Hopkins converted five field goals and the Washington Redskins sealed a come-from-behind 29-27 win over the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium with two fourth-quarter interceptions of Eli Manning.

The Redskins also lost cornerback Bashaud Breeland to an ankle injury during the game.

Since I prefer to get bad news out of the way first and get the pick-me-up later, we'll start with the losers. You get everyone stepping up.

Prescott's first TD pass was a 17-yarder to Dez Bryant for a 31-10 lead in the fourth quarter, and he's up to 99 throws without an interception to start his career.

The next two weeks are going to show us what the Giants are really about. Three plays later, Shane Vereen punched it in from a yard out to give the Giants a 7-0 lead. After the defense forced a three-and-out on New York's first offensive drive of the game, a short punt would hit Dunbar's leg and be recovered by the Giants. It kept Washington ahead 26-24. On the next series, Giants quarterback Eli Manning connected with wide receive Victor Cruz for a 37-yard reception to set up a field goal by kicker Josh Brown.

"No one in the locker room was pleased afterward", McAdoo said Monday in assessing the team's mood.

The feeling of anger and frustration that the New York Giants felt after losing their first game under coach Ben McAdoo has been replaced with the realization that it's one game.

"The thing with Phillips - we don't know if he's gonna be available this week or not", Gruden said. "From my perspective, I need to settle down and be that leading presence for my team".

If Washington Redskins safety DeAngelo Hall's season-ending injury might lead others to suspect the playmaking defensive back's 13-year National Football League career is over, he was adamant Monday that won't be the case.

This was an NFC East matchup that see-sawed the entire second half after Washington rallied from a 21-9 deficit. He also has eight receptions for 75 yards this year, and that might end up being the most costly part of his absence.

"That's something that we got to look at". We are fighters, fighters to the end. Huge", he said. "Giving them a loss and giving us a loss in the division, it didn't happen for us. "Real gritty, all the way down to the bone and gristle".

However, it appears that based on some comments Robinson made recently, there may be more animosity than anything between the Washington Redskins and their former player, Robinson.

NY also had cornerbacks Eli Apple (hamstring) and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie hurt, leaving them uncertain for the Vikings.

SPECIAL TEAMS: It was an exciting day for the guys from specials.

Giants had a blocked punt by Romeo Okwara nullified with just over 11 minutes to play by a personal foul against Andrew Adams, who was added to the roster Saturday.

On One Hand: The Giants played a third straight game decided by less than a field goal.

Jason Pierre-Paul could have won it this time.

NUMBERS: Cousins finished 21 of 35 for 296 yards.