FedEx Field,Landover, MD-
The 9/11 Game. How appropriate that we honor the 10th anniversary of 9/11 on 9/11 with New York and D.C. playing each other in our Nation’s Capital. Colin Powell was on hand as the Redskin’s honorary captain giving an inspirational speech to the Redskins before kickoff, followed by a moving tribute to the victims and heroes of 9/11.
Both teams started off with a 3-and-out but the G-Man got on the boards first. After a nice 68 yard pass deep to Hakeem Nicks, Eli Manning strolls in 2 yards for an easy 6 and the lead. Rex Grossman and Co. tied things up early in the second quarter when Grossman hit a wide open Anthony Armstrong for 18 yards, which set up an easy 1 yard TD for Tim Hightower during his first game back in his hometown (Richmond Univ., Episcopal High).
The Giants took the lead for a second time with a 6 yard run by Amaad Bradshaw towards the end of the first half. I would have to say that momentum was definitely in favor of N.Y. as of now. Just when you start to think, “Here we go again” as a Redskin fan, Grossman hit Armstrong again, this time in the end-zone with a perfectly thrown pass to the outside shoulder. 14-14, going into the half. I guess this could have been expected with both teams missing key players due to injury and on such an historic day.
The second half started off even faster as the Redskins rookie LB Ryan Kerrigan broke up an Eli Manning pass to Nicks, knocking it into the air and then catching it for the INT and running to the end-zone for a pick 6 and his first ever INT and TD as a pro. He had an incredible first game in the pros with 1 tackle and four assists, an INT and a TD. I bet he kept that game ball.
Everything seemed to just jell for the Skins as the defense held Eli Manning to 18/32 268 yards with his one lone rushing TD. “London Fletcher suggested after the game that the Giants are a different team when they play from behind late in the game.” That’s exactly what happened as the Redskin’s D increased the pressure, sacking Eli Manning four times.
Closure came at 5:04 of the 4th, with a Grossman to Gaffney pass on a 4 yd. quick slant to take a 14 point lead! From there, it was just a matter of the clock running out. The game did end on a sack to Eli Manning by DE Adam Carricker!
Grossman finished the game, 21/34, 305 yards, 2 TD. RB Tim Hightower had 25 rushes for 72 yards and a TD. TE Fred Davis had a career day with 5 catches for 105 yards. When Grossman was addressing the media after the game, he said, “It’s a fun day, a day I’ll never forget.”
Could this finally be the start of a new Redskin era? We’ll have to wait and see.
- Giants vs. Redskins: Live Reactions to Sunday’s Game (bleacherreport.com)
- Grossman leads Redskins past rival Giants in opener (cbssports.com)