Giants 20

(10-5, 3-4 away)

Redskins 35

(9-6, 6-2 home)

1:00 PM ET, December 24, 2005


1 2 3 4 T
NYG 10 7 3 020
WSH 14 7 7 735

Top Performers

Passing: E. Manning (NYG) - 244 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Portis (WSH) - 27 CAR, 108 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: S. Moss (WSH) - 5 REC, 160 YDS, 3 TD

Giant killers: Ramsey leads Redskins to fourth straight win

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- Kicker John Hall walked into the Washington Redskins' locker room in a complete outfit of red and white, including the full beard and tall black boots.

It was over when ...
The Giants failed to convert on a fourth-and-2 from the Washington 28-yard line with a little over five minutes to go in the game. The Redskins played bend-but-don't-break defense all day, and it was what they needed on that critical New York possession.
Game ball goes to ...
Clinton Portis. Portis was a horse for the Redskins on Saturday, running the ball 27 times for 108 yards and a touchdown. He took over the offensive load once Mark Brunell left the game with a knee injury and even threw a touchdown pass in the second quarter.

Santa Claus? No. "Santana Claus," Hall said.

Want a better Santana Moss story? Clinton Portis said Moss became a good receiver by playing Frisbee with a dog at the University of Miami.

"He used to catch that Frisbee all the time," Portis said. "He'd outrun the dog, jump up and catch the Frisbee."

Whatever the joke, whatever the game, whoever the quarterback, Moss-going-deep has the Redskins on pace for their first playoff berth in six years. Moss added three touchdowns and 160 yards Saturday in a 35-20 victory over the New York Giants, including a 72-yard touchdown grab from Patrick Ramsey after Mark Brunell left with an injury.

"If there's anybody that's got better long-ball reaction than that guy -- he turned around and snatched that thing from I don't know where," coach Joe Gibbs said.

Peaking at the right time, the Redskins (9-6) won their fourth straight and will clinch at least a wild-card berth if they win at Philadelphia in next week's regular-season finale. They will win the NFC East with a win and a Giants loss at Oakland next week.

"We said we had to win five in a row," said right tackle Jon Jansen, who held Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Strahan without a sack. "We've got four done. We're not there by any means there yet, but it feels a lot better than it did at 5-6."

Gibbs is 4-0 this December, improving the Hall of Fame coach's record to 56-18 after Dec. 1. The victory also avenged one of the worst losses of his career, a 36-0 shutout at the Meadowlands on Oct. 30.

Despite the loss, the Giants (10-5) will secure a playoff berth if Minnesota fails to beat Baltimore on Sunday night. They will win the NFC East with a win against the Raiders.

"I'm very disappointed," said Tiki Barber, whose streak of five straight 100-yard games ended with an 80-yard day on 16 carries. "We were flat and didn't match their intensity, and it showed on the scoreboard."

Moss has 1,400 yards receiving on the season, 36 yards short of Bobby Mitchell's 42-year-old franchise record, and was named this week to his first Pro Bowl. He got the best of cornerback Will Allen on all three touchdowns: A 17-yard wideout screen from Brunell; a 59-yarder in which Moss made a terrific adjustment on an underthrown ball from Brunell; and the 72-yarder in which he knocked Allen to the ground after the catch.

"It's very special," Moss said. "I'm just thrilled to have all this come to me. At the same time, I just want to stay focused on what the big picture is and try to get us into these playoffs."

The Redskins were leading 21-17 when Brunell left the game with a sprained knee after being sacked by Nick Greisen on the first series of the second half. Ramsey, who was benched after getting hurt in the season opener, entered on the next series and had a sputtering start -- using two timeouts after four plays -- until he unloaded the long one for Moss.

"We just had kind of a formation problem there," Ramsey said. "It wasn't encouraging exactly, but I think Santana's play took care of all that."

The Redskins controlled the rest of the game. Portis, who earlier threw to Chris Cooley for a 17-yard score on a halfback option, took a run wide left against a depleted Giants linebackers corps for a 19-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for the game's final score.

Portis finished with 108 yards on 27 carries, giving him a four-game 100-yard streak to match the team's four-game winning streak. His eight 100-yard games on the season is a new franchise record.

Brunell has a sprained right MCL. He will have an MRI on Monday.

"We're going to be aggressive and work with him and see how he does," director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer said.

Brunell also threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown in the first quarter by Chase Blackburn, who left the game in the third quarter after he was carted off the field with a sprained neck. Blackburn joined Antonio Pierce and Carlos Emmons as injured Giants linebackers, leaving the defense shorthanded in the fourth quarter.

Eli Manning went 23-for-41 for 244 yards with a touchdown and an interception that set up a Redskins score. His only touchdown drive came on the two-minute drill late in the first half.

"We've got another chance," Strahan said. "Maybe this upcoming week we'll play like the Redskins played with that same win-and-you're-in or lose-and-you're-out type of mentality. We had it at times, we just didn't make the plays that we needed to make."

Game notes

Barber, 30, become the second-oldest running back in NFL history with 2,000 yards rushing and receiving. Walter Payton was 31 when he had 2,034 yards for Chicago in 1985. ... Redskins linebacker Chris Clemons sprained his knee in the first half.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1822
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6263
Total Yards332380
Yards per play5.46.0
Total Drives1113
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-20-3
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

wshTD6:09Santana Moss, 17 yd pass from Mark Brunell (John Hall kick is good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 76 yds, 7:01
nygFG3:15Jay Feely 39 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 36 yds, 2:41
nygTD2:27Chase Blackburn, 31 yd interception return (Jay Feely kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 30 yds, 0:38
wshTD0:23Santana Moss, 59 yd pass from Mark Brunell (John Hall kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 70 yds, 1:51
wshTD3:21Chris Cooley, 17 yd pass from Clinton Portis (John Hall kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 20 yds, 0:39
nygTD0:17Amani Toomer, 25 yd pass from Eli Manning (Jay Feely kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 73 yds, 2:55
wshTD5:55Santana Moss, 72 yd pass from Patrick Ramsey (John Hall kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 83 yds, 2:02
nygFG3:00Jay Feely 30 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 50 yds, 2:39
wshTD12:50Clinton Portis, 19 yd run (John Hall kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 75 yds, 10:00