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.
The Giants had first-half leads of 7-0 on a two-yard run by Eli Manning and 14-7 after a six-yard run by Ahmad Bradshaw, but were outplayed by the Redskins 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.