Redskins 9

(0-4, 0-3 away)

Giants 23

(3-1, 2-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, October 7, 2001


1 2 3 4 T
WSH 3 3 3 09
NYG 3 6 0 1423

Washington scores Giants' only offensive TD

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Damon Washington was just what a dormant New York Giants offense needed.

Jason Sehorn had two interceptions for the Giants, including a 34-yard return for TD.

Limited to one carry in two NFL seasons, Washington stepped in for injured Ron Dayne on Sunday, rushing for 90 yards on 25 carries as the Giants escaped with a 23-9 victory over the winless Washington Redskins.

"I didn't envision that I was going to be the guy today," he said. "I was ready to go there and do whatever I had to do to keep the flag flying for the running backs."

Locked in a frustrating game of trading field goals, the Giants handed the ball to Washington in a sustained drive starting late in the third quarter. He carried eight times in nine plays, gaining 15 yards to start the drive and 22 more to position the ball on the Redskins 1.

After Kerry Collins hit tight end Dan Campbell for the game's only offensive touchdown, Jason Sehorn sealed the victory on a 34-yard interception return against Tony Banks with 2:57 left. Sehorn also had an interception in New York's end zone.

What did the Redskins do better to stay in this game?
This was a sloppy game because both teams turned the ball over a lot. The Redskins competed, played hard and tackled better. Overall, they played with a lot more intensity. NFL analyst Vinny Cerrato has served as director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.

"It felt good going in the huddle, knowing my teammates were confident in me," said Washington, who spent last season on special teams. "I don't think there was a doubter on the sidelines or in the huddle that didn't believe I could get the job done. So when I went in there, it felt good to let them know, `Thanks for having faith in me.' "

Fassel was forced to turn to Washington because, with Tiki Barber sidelined by a sore hamstring, Dayne had become the primary back. He gained 39 yards in the first half, but sprained his neck and sat out the second half. That put Washington in the spotlight.

"Damon, I always thought he was going to be a good running back," coach Jim Fassel said. "I can go back and tell you the history of how far he's come. I was worried that he was going to get tired. He hasn't played that much. I was a little worried about him putting the ball on the ground, but he gave the whole team a lift."

And in a game that had eight fumbles and four interceptions, the Giants needed it.

It wasn't until Sehorn's second interception that the Giants were safe. The cornerback bristled at criticism of an offense that struggled against the worst-rated defense in the NFL.

"We don't call that struggling," he said. "We held the ball for 12 minutes in the third quarter. Our motto is if we have one more point than them, we win. We don't put up a lot of points. We're not the greatest show on earth, but we win and we're in first place."

Until Washington got the Giants moving, New York's Morten Andersen and Washington's Brett Conway traded three field goals apiece for all the scoring.

After Conway's 41-yarder tied the game at 9 in the third quarter, the Giants started from their 29-yard line and except for a 20-yard pass from Kerry Collins to Greg Camella, Washington carried on every play of the drive, putting New York in position to score.

Andersen's 50-yard field goal, helped by a wind that gusted up to 26 mph, gave the Giants an early 3-0 lead. But the Redskins came right back, capitalizing when Amani Toomer fumbled a punt and Antonio Pierce recovered at the Giants 20.

Washington's offense, also ranked last in the league, couldn't move the ball, but Conway's 35-yard field goal tied the score.

Michael Strahan's fourth sack of the season forced Banks to fumble and Kenny Holmes recovered for the Giants at Washington's 14. The Giants settled for a 26-yard field goal by Andersen for a 6-3 lead.

Conway, kicking with the wind, responded with a 55-yarder to tie the score at 6.

The Giants launched a long drive from their 20 and got to the Redskins 31 before Washington fumbled and Kenard Lang recovered for the Redskins. But again the Redskins got careless and Giants rookie Will Allen recovered a fumble at the Giants 31.

Collins' 22-yard pass to Toomer started a march that went to Washington's 3-yard line before stalling. Andersen's 22-yard field goal gave New York a 9-6 lead at the half.

Game notes
Dayne was unable to turn his neck, but X-rays were negative. Fassel thought it probably was a muscular problem. ... Bruce Smith dislocated his right shoulder on Washington's first defensive play of the game. He was frustrated by the fourth straight Redskins loss. "The guys know what's at stake and they were ripe for the picking," Smith said of the Giants. ... Fassel chose not to inform the team of the attacks on Afghanistan and the players learned of the military action after the game.

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Scoring Summary

nygTD3:34Jason Sehorn, 34 yd interception return
Drive info: 1 plays, 28 yds, 0:00
Drive info: 0 plays, 0 yds, 0:00
wshFG3:35Brett Conway 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 3 plays, 21 yds, 2:03
nygFG14:54Morten Andersen 10 yd Field Goal36
nygFG7:30Morten Andersen 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, -39 yds, 2:18
wshFG11:31Brett Conway 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 54 yds, 0:56
wshFG3:35Brett Conway 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 72 yds, 2:33
nygFG0:44Morten Andersen 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, -30 yds, 2:36