1:00 PM ET, October 7, 2001
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.
Jason Sehorn had two interceptions for the Giants, including a 34-yard return for TD.
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.
ESPN.com NFL analyst Vinny Cerrato has served as director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.
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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