Quarterback Rex Grossman (8) of the Washington Redskins throws the ball in the second quarter against the New York Giants at FedExField on September 11, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants (0-1) were ineffective on offense and unable to shut down quarterback Rex Grossman on defense in a season-opening 28-14 loss to the Washington Redskins (1-0) Sunday at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. The score was tied at the half, 14-14, but the Giants were unable to move the ball in the second half.
Washington took the lead for good when linebacker Ryan Kerrigan tipped a Manning screen pass, intercepted it and returned it nine yards for a touchdown with 13:10 remaining in the third quarter.
The Giants had an opportunity to tie the game in the fourth quarter when defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul forced a Grossman fumble and Michael Boley returned the ball to Washington's 27. The Giants were unable to move the ball, though, and a Lawrence Tynes field goal was blocked.
The Redskins sealed the game on a four-yard touchdown pass from Grossman to Jabar Gaffney with 5:11 left in the game. That concluded a 10-play, 70-yard drive that was kept alive by a personal foul penalty against Giants safety Antrel Rolle after New York had stopped Washington near midfield.
Manning finished 18-for-32 for 268 yards.