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Dec 24, 1:00 pm (FOX) - Giants at Washington
Game 15
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Giants 10 7 3 0 20
Redskins 14 7 7 7 35
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Giants lose on the road to Washington 35-20.
Eli Manning went 23-of-41 for 244 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.
Tiki Barber rushed for 80 yards on 16 attempts.
Tiki Barber also caught 6 passes for 49 yards.
Amani Toomer caught 6 passes for 85 yards and 1 TD.
Plaxico Burress and Visanthe Shiancoe each caught 3 passes for 40 yards.
Jeremy Shockey caught 2 passes for 18 yards.
Jim Finn had 3 catches for 12 yards.
Nick Greisen had 1 sack.
Chase Blackburn had 1 interception and returned it for a touchdown.
Jay Feeley hit on 2 field goals out of 3 attempts.

Game Notes:
"The NFC East title is still up for grabs.
Now you still don't know if you can believe in the Giants. The Redskins played very well, and the Giants fought back but couldn't stop them. They were hurt by a few bad calls, but that's not why they lost.
Chase Blackburn was a busy guy again this week, filling in for injured middle linebacker Antonio Pierce. Last week Chase had no practice and came up with 9 sacks. Today, in only his second start, he even came up with an interception and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown. Unfortunately, he was injured in the 3rd quarter and did not return to the game.
Chad Morton did a real nice job, and Amani Toomer also had another great game. He caught 6 passes for 85 yards and had one touchdown, and he had another called back because of a holding penalty. Cornerback Will Allen could have played better, and Jay Feeley is still having problems kicking field goals. The Giants have one week to pull it all together against Oakland if they want to win the NFC East title."

Game Notes:
"You knew the Redskins had
momentum and a very loud crowd on their side, and that the Giants aren't the same team on the road as they are at home. Still things started out looking good when Chad Morton returned the opening kick to the 50 yard line. Manning took the field and threw his first pass way downfield to Plaxico Burress, but Plaxico failed to make the catch. The Giants went three and out and David Tyree downed the ball on the Washington 2 yard line. That didn't stick, because Tyree was hit with an illegal touch penalty that shouldn't have been called since he had been forced out of bounds on the play.
The Redskins went on to score on their opening drive with a 17 yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss. Their 80 yard drive downfield mostly consisted of a heavy mixture of running plays by Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts, with a few passes thrown in by Mark Brunell. Joe Gibbs stuck with that formula for the rest of the game. He had his offense moving the ball with running plays to the tune of 33, 40, 34 and 40 carries over the last four games, and Portis and Betts combined for 40 total rushes today against the Giants. Quarterback Mark Brunell and his replacement after he was injured, Patrick Ramsey, only threw a total of 18 passes all game.
Meanwhile, Tiki Barber ran the ball only 16 times compared to Eli Manning passing on 41 plays. That's not usually the formula for success for the Giants, and it didn't work in this game, even with Manning getting the ball to Tiki on 6 of those passing plays. Now the Giants go down to the wire next week in Oakland where they face Kerry Collins and the Raiders."

First Quarter

Play: Santana Moss, 17 Yd pass from Mark Brunell (John Hall kick is good), 6:02.
Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards in 7:08.

Play: Jay Feely 47 Yd, 3:10.
Drive: 7 plays, 36 yards in 2:52.

Play: Chase Blackburn, 31 Yd interception return (Jay Feely kick is good), 2:20.

Play: Santana Moss, 59 Yd pass from Mark Brunell (John Hall kick is good), 0:13.
Drive: 4 plays, 70 yards in 2:07.

Second Quarter

Play: Chris Cooley, 17 Yd pass from Clinton Portis (John Hall kick is good), 3:15.
Drive: 2 plays, 20 yards in 0:45.

Play: Amani Toomer, 25 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Jay Feely kick is good), 0:10.
Drive: 10 plays, 73 yards in 3:05.
Third Quarter

Play: Santana Moss, 72 Yd pass from Patrick Ramsey (John Hall kick is good), 5:45.
Drive: 5 plays, 83 yards in 2:12.

Play: Jay Feely 38 Yd, 2:55.
Drive: 7 plays, 50 yards in 2:50.

Fourth Quarter

Play: Clinton Portis, 19 Yd run (John Hall kick is good), 12:43.
Drive: 10 plays, 79 yards in 5:12.

Game Stats:
Total First Downs    18 22
   By Rushing 5 8
   By Passing 11 11
   By Penalty 2 3
Third Down Efficiency 4-12-33% 9-14-64%
Fourth Down Efficiency 0-2-0% 0-0-0%
Total Net Yards 332 380
   Total Offensive Plays (inc. times thrown passing) 62 63
   Average gain per offensive play 5.4 6.0
Net Yards Rushing 99 156
   Total Rushing Plays 19 43
   Average gain per rushing play 5.2 3.6
   Tackles for a loss-number and yards 1-2 3-4
Net Yards Passing 233 224
   Times thrown - yards lost attempting to pass 1-11 1-9
   Gross yards passing 244 233
Pass Attempts-Completions-Had Intercepted 42-23-1 19-13-1
   Avg gain per pass play (inc.# thrown passing) 5.4 11.2
Kickoffs Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks 5-0-0 6-0-0
Punts Number and Average 3-43.3 5-44.2
   Had Blocked 0 0
FGs - PATs Had Blocked 1-0 0-0
Net Punting Average 35.0 43.8
Total Return Average (Not Including Kickoffs) 33 32
   No. and Yards Punt Returns 2-2 1-5
   No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 6-162 5-106
   No. and Yards Interception Returns 1-31 1-27
Penalties Number and Yards 9-64 6-81
Fumbles Number and Lost 0-0 0-0
Touchdowns 2 5
   Rushing 0 1
   Passing 1 4
   Interceptions 1 0
Extra Points Made-Attempts 2-2 5-5
   Kicking Made-Attempts 2-2 5-5
Field Goals Made-Attempts 2-3 0-0
Red Zone Efficiency 0-2-0% 3-3-100%
Goal To Go Efficiency 0-0-0% 0-0-0%
Safeties 0 0
Final Score 20 35
Time Of Possession 26:47 33:13

Amani Toomer's touchdown catch was the 44th of his career, breaking a tie with Frank Gifford and moving him into third place on the Giants career list.
It was Toomer’s 7th touchdown catch of the season, one shy of the career high he set in 2002.

Chase Blackburn's interception was the 19th consecutive game in which the Giants have registered a takeaway.

Tiki Barber attempted the first pass of his career -- an incompletion to Amani Toomer in the 3rd quarter on a halfback pass.

Redskins Clinton Portis finished with 108 yards on 27 carries, giving him a four-game 100-yard streak. His eight 100-yard games on the season set a franchise record.

Redskins Santana Moss had 5 receptions for 160 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Giants will win the NFC East with a win against the Raiders.
Giants will secure a playoff berth if Minnesota loses or ties against Baltimore on Sunday night.
Redskins will clinch at least a wild card berth if they win at Philadelphia next week.
They will win the NFC East with a win and a Giants loss at Oakland next week.

Next Game
Sat, Dec. 31 - Giants at Oakland 8:00 PM
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