Giants 21

(3-4, 1-3 away)

Redskins 35

(2-5, 2-1 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:05 PM ET, October 28, 2001


1 2 3 4 T
NYG 0 14 0 721
WSH 14 3 10 835

Redskins send Giants to third straight loss

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- A punt returner who hadn't played in more than a year set a record. A wide receiver threw a touchdown pass. The coach of a 2-5 team was doused with a bucket of Gatorade.

Eric Metcalf

With his 85-yard punt return for a touchdown, Washington's Eric Metcalf extended his NFL record to 10.

Those were the highlights of the Washington Redskins' 35-21 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday, but they weren't as startling as the game-long display of unforced errors that left the defending NFC champions under .500.

The Giants (3-4) have lost three straight.

"We probably looked at their record and said, 'Ah, it's just Washington, we're gonna come out and beat them,' " New York quarterback Kerry Collins said. "If we think we can just show up on the field and win football games just because we were in the Super Bowl last year, it's just not going to happen."

The Redskins have won two straight after an 0-5 start. Linebacker LaVar Arrington had no qualms about dumping a big orange tub of liquid onto coach Marty Schottenheimer, whose rocky start in Washington has led to speculation that he'll only last a year.

"You guys have been killing him," Arrington said. "Every time I get an opportunity to show how much I appreciate my coach, I'm going to do it. He deserved it."

What happened to the Giants' defense today?
The Giants are in a funk. New York appears to be still feeling the effects of the Eagles' game from Monday night; the Giants apparently haven't recovered yet from that tough loss. The Redskins caught them at the perfect time. Washington always plays the Giants tough.

The Giants could not stop the run or the pass. The special teams didn't play well, either. The Redskins got up by two touchdowns early, so the Giants were taken out of their running game. This was a poor performance by New York.

The Giants have lost three in a row and are in a downward spiral. NFL analyst Vinny Cerrato has served as director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.

Hero No. 1 was Eric Metcalf, who was signed Wednesday after sitting out last year and had practiced only a handful of returns at half-speed in practice. On his first touch, he made a superb against-the-grain cut at midfield on an 89-yard return to put the Redskins ahead 14-0 in the first quarter.

"We never did one full speed," Metcalf said. "And I was thinking, `Wow, what's going to happen when I really go out there?' I haven't done it in a long time."

It was Metcalf's 10th punt return for a touchdown, extending his NFL record, and it moved him ahead of Brian Mitchell for most combined kick-punt return TDs with 12. Before Metcalf's touchdown, the Redskins had just 12 yards on punt returns all season.

The Redskins blew their first-half lead but pulled away in the third quarter behind Hero No. 2, Kevin Lockett. Lined up wide left, Lockett took a lateral from quarterback Tony Banks and threw a 31-yard pass to Derrius Thompson, who scored his first NFL touchdown. The play gave the Redskins a 24-14 lead.

"It never works in practice," said Lockett, whose last pass attempt came on a trick play in the Senior Bowl. "I was kind of shocked when he called it in the game."

The Redskins got plenty of help from the Giants.

On New York's first drive, Amani Toomer fumbled a handoff on a reverse at New York's 17 to set up a Redskins touchdown. Tiki Barber dropped a third-down pass in Washington territory. Emmanuel McDaniel lost track of his feet and missed a chance to down a punt at the 1-yard line. Collins missed a pitch on a flea flicker with Ike Hilliard wide open downfield. Punter Rodney Williams shanked an 18-yarder.

The lowlight for the Giants was the opening kickoff of the second half, when they committed three penalties: offsides, a personal foul and illegal procedure.

"I'm responsible for everything," coach Jim Fassel said. "My fault, and I'll take it that way. I'll change whatever I need to change. Whatever I can change, I will."

The Redskins took a 7-0 lead three plays after Toomer's fumble, with Banks hitting rookie Rod Gardner for a 12-yard TD pass.

Collins threw two touchdown passes in the second quarter, a 6-yarder to Toomer and a 27-yarder to Hilliard, to tie the game, before Washington's Brett Conway kicked a 43-yard field goal as the half expired.

Thompson's touchdown gave the Redskins a 10-point lead. Conway's 20-yard field goal put the Redskins ahead 27-14, but the Giants responded with a 72-yard drive capped by fullback Greg Comella's 1-yard touchdown catch to close to 27-21.

The Redskins put the game away with 6:41 left in the game when Banks threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Michael Westbrook.

Game notes
Washington's Stephen Davis ran for 107 yards, his first 100-yard game of the season after back-to-back 99-yard efforts. ... New York's Michael Strahan had two sacks, both in the fourth quarter, setting an NFL record for most sacks (12{) over a five-game span. ... Giants linebacker Jessie Armstead sprained a knee in the first half.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Scoring Summary

Drive info: 0 plays, 0 yds, 0:00
Drive info: 3 plays, 17 yds, 0:00
Drive info: 3 plays, 67 yds, 0:53
Drive info: 3 plays, 17 yds, 0:00
Drive info: 4 plays, 60 yds, 2:12
Drive info: 3 plays, 6 yds, 0:39
Drive info: 5 plays, 39 yds, 0:36
Drive info: 4 plays, 60 yds, 2:12
Drive info: 5 plays, 39 yds, 0:36
wshFG1:13Brett Conway 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 50 yds, 1:40
Drive info: 7 plays, 65 yds, 0:18
Drive info: 7 plays, 65 yds, 0:18
wshFG3:30Brett Conway 10 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 63 yds, 8:29
Drive info: 12 plays, 72 yds, 13:58
Drive info: 12 plays, 72 yds, 13:58