2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Giants come back to tie Redskins 14-14 at halftime

By HOWARD FENDRICH - AP Pro Football Writer
    2013-12-01 21:02

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Robert Griffin III got off to a perfect start aside from a couple of pratfalls Sunday night, completing his first 12 throws, before Eli Manning put together his own passing streak, and the Washington Redskins and New York Giants were tied 14-14 at halftime in a prime-time matchup between teams at the bottom of the NFC East.

The two QBs were a combined 26 for 29 for 250 yards, two TD passes and zero interceptions through two quarters.

Under all sorts of scrutiny lately - involving everything from his father's presence in the locker room to whether offensive linemen are offering a helping hand after plays - Griffin played far better than he has been and helped Washington take a 14-0 lead.

RG3 began 12 for 12 for 111 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Logan Paulsen a little more than three minutes into the second quarter. The dozen completions in a row matched Griffin's career-best streak, and he finished the half 16 for 17 for 149 yards. He also ran for 53 yards on seven carries through two quarters.

A couple of those runs closed with awkward tumbles. At the end of a 15-yard run early in the second quarter, Griffin's feet slid out from under him on the sideline and he slammed onto his backside - as though a banana peel were the culprit.

Later in that quarter, Griffin appeared to trip over a down marker after a 9-yard run and slammed into the crowded Giants sideline. Again, he hopped right up.

Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon had four catches for 32 yards receiving in the first half, giving him a career-high 951 yards this season.

New York answered Washington's two scores with Andre Brown's 23-yard touchdown run, culminating a 74-yard drive that included 58 on the ground, followed by Manning's 22-yard TD pass to Brandon Myers with 35 seconds left in the half. On the latter drive, Manning was 6 for 6 for 74 yards, giving him nine straight completed passes. He was 10 for 12 for 101 at halftime.

Griffin and Washington started the game in a hurry-up offense that effectively mixed runs and throws to cover 73 yards over 14 plays, capped by Alfred Morris' 1-yard plunge for the Redskins' first opening-possession touchdown of the season. Griffin went 5 for 5 for 57 yards on the drive, completing one pass each to five receivers, including oft-inactive tight end Fred Davis' first catch since September.

The drive included an early fourth-and-1 at the Washington 49, and Griffin got the first down on a keeper.

The Giants, meanwhile, went three-and-out on each of their first two possessions, including a sack of Manning by Brian Orakpo on their opening play. That was the 29th time Manning has been sacked this season, one shy of his career high in 2009.

New York was using its sixth offensive line combination in 12 games, after center Jim Cordle went on injured reserve earlier. Kevin Boothe moved back to center after playing most of the season at left guard, and James Brewer shifted to left guard.

The Giants did not get a first down until more than four minutes into the second quarter, when Peyton Hillis ran for 8 yards on third-and-1. Hillis gained 27 on the next play, too, only the team's second run of 20-plus yards all season.

Two plays after that came New York's third such rushing play of 2013, when Brown got to the end zone.

Both teams entered the evening with only the slimmest of mathematical hopes of reaching the postseason - Washington was 3-8, New York was 4-7 - and the Redskins would be officially eliminated with a loss.

As it is, Washington came in with an 0-4 record in prime time this season, including a 27-6 home loss to the San Francisco 49ers last Monday night.

Washington also entered on a three-game losing streak overall, part of a take-a-step-back season that has prompted questions about the future of coach Mike Shanahan, who is in the fourth year of a five-season deal worth $35 million. Also under plenty of scrutiny lately is Griffin, who began Monday with 11 interceptions after throwing five all of last season, when he was NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He also has yet to run for a touchdown in 2013 after rushing for seven a year ago, when the Redskins won their final seven games to finish 10-6 and win the NFC East.

---

Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Josh GordonJan 25 09:12p

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will be under contract through the 2016 season, and he will only be a restricted free agent after that year due to his looming [ More ]

Josh GordonJan 25 04:12p

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has reportedly failed another drug test and will be subject to a one-year banishment, according to multiple league sources.

Earl ThomasJan 23 09:02p

Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) will play in the Super Bowl, head coach Pete Carroll said Friday, Jan. 23.

Dennis PittaJan 23 04:22p

Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) met with some specialists last week, but the team is not expected to have an update on his status for a few weeks, [ More ]

Johnny ManzielJan 23 01:12p

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel had a big proponent last year in owner Jimmy Haslam, but Haslam now thinks the team needs a quarterback in order to get their [ More ]

Jimmy GrahamJan 23 10:32a

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) said he'll rehabilitate his shoulder injury after the Pro Bowl, but he hasn't made a final decision on surgery. 'It's something we [ More ]

Mark IngramJan 22 06:42p

New Orleans Saints RB Mark Ingram, who will be eligible for free agency this offseason, wants to return to the team next year, and he thinks the interest is [ More ]

Vernon DavisJan 22 06:22p

San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis had just two touchdowns in 2014, and they both came in Week 1. He also wasn't targeted at all in the red zone [ More ]

Geno SmithJan 22 05:32p

New York Jets QB Geno Smith has a lot of talent and promise, according to new head coach Todd Bowles. At the same time, Bowles acknowledged that the quarterback [ More ]

Brian HoyerJan 22 04:52p

Cleveland Browns QB Brian Hoyer could be re-signed this offseason, according to his agent. Hoyer is expected to meet with general manager Ray Farmer and offensive coordinator John DeFilippo in the near future.

Johnny ManzielJan 22 02:43p

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will be working with a new offensive coordinator this year in John DeFilippo, but DeFilippo is unsure if the team's quarterback next year is [ More ]

Joe FlaccoJan 22 12:52p

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco will have his fourth difference offensive coordinator in as many years in offensive coordinator Marc Trestman. However, head coach John Harbaugh is confident Flacco [ More ]

Tom BradyJan 22 10:12a

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is now scheduled to speak to the media Thursday, Jan. 22, and he could come under fire due to the report of deflated [ More ]

Vontaze BurfictJan 21 09:03p

Cincinnati Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) has had knee surgery, head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed Wednesday, Jan. 21. While there has been concern Burfict might have to begin the [ More ]

Mike WallaceJan 21 09:03p

Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace's future with the team is unclear. General manager Dennis Hickey would not say Wednesday, Jan. 21, whether Wallace will be back or if his [ More ]

Johnny ManzielJan 21 04:43p

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel could benefit from new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, according to Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr. Carr said DeFilippo will do great with Manziel, adding [ More ]

Richard ShermanJan 21 04:23p

Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman (elbow) said he will practice in a brace, but should not have any limitations on gameday.

Marc TrestmanJan 21 03:53p

Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman said he wants to learn the specificities of the team's offense instead of changing it. Head coach John Harbaugh said Trestman's familiarity and [ More ]

Blake BortlesJan 21 03:43p

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles should be able to develop under new offensive coordinator Greg Olson, according to general manager Dave Caldwell. Caldwell said Olson has the ability to [ More ]

Blake BortlesJan 21 03:13p

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles developed bad habits and may need to start over, in the opinion of NFL Films guru Greg Cosell.

Latavius MurrayJan 21 12:53p

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray is likely to be the team's lead back in 2015, and new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave plans tailor his system to Murray's talents. Musgrave [ More ]

Peyton ManningJan 21 11:03a

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning plans to return in 2015, pending the results of his annual physical, according to three sources The Denver Post's Woody Paige trusts. The test [ More ]

Rashad JenningsJan 21 10:23a

New York Giants RB Rashad Jennings could have a veteran running back to complement or compete with him next season. The team could possibly add a change-of-pace back and [ More ]

Trent RichardsonJan 21 09:13a

Indianapolis Colts RB Trent Richardson was suspended and deactivated for the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 18.

Joique BellJan 20 11:23p

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell had minor surgery last week to clean up his knee and Achilles' tendon. He is expected to return in time for organized offseason workouts.

Doug MarroneJan 20 05:33p

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said the team is committed to remaining a zone-blocking team. However, new assistant coach and offensive line coach Doug Marrone didn't use a [ More ]

Peyton ManningJan 20 05:13p

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning remains unsure of his future with the team, but head coach Gary Kubiak said he plans to sit down with Manning and talk about [ More ]

Tyler BrayJan 20 04:23p

Kansas City Chiefs QB Tyler Bray (knee) has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Marc TrestmanJan 20 03:43p

Free-agent head coach Marc Trestman (Bears) was hired by the Baltimore Ravens as the team's offensive coordinator Tuesday, Jan. 20. Trestman was previously the head coach of the Chicago Bears.

C.J. AndersonJan 20 01:33p

Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson, who finished the year with 849 rushing yards, 324 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, is looking forward to his role in new head coach [ More ]

Latavius MurrayJan 19 09:53p

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray could benefit from offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, who has used a run-heavy style in the past.

Reggie WayneJan 19 07:03p

Indianapolis Colts WR Reggie Wayne (triceps) is unsure if he will be returning for another season. Wayne was targeted just twice in the loss to the New England Patriots [ More ]

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group