Washington battled the defending champion New York Giants for four quarters at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Oct. 21, but despite nearly 48 minutes of hard-fought effort, all it took was a few seconds for New York to suck the life out of an upset-minded underdog.
Eli Manning found a streaking Victor Cruz behind a busted coverage in the Redskins secondary, and 77 yards and seconds later the Giants (5-2) had a 27-23 lead and their fifth victory wrapped up.
Washington had claimed a brief lead of their own on a 30-yard hookup between Santana Moss and the blossoming Robert Griffin III, leaving 1:38 on the clock and a 23-20 deficit for the home team.
Griffin’s pass to Moss appeared to be the back-breaker Washington needed to wrestle out a victory after stifling the Giants offense for most of the day. But one mistake was all it took for Manning to turn things around.
Griffin completed 20-of-28 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns, but fumbled the ball late in the fourth quarter. Griffin also rushed for 89 yards on nine carries. Veteran receiver Santana Moss caught three passes for 67 yards, including both of Griffin’s touchdown passes. Skins’ rookie running back Alfred Morris rushed for 120 yards on 22 carries.
Manning completed 26-of-40 passes for 336 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Washington (3-4) will look to bounce back Oct. 28 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.