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Giants 24, Redskins 17

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LANDOVER, Md. -- The surging New York Giants earned their fifth win in six games and eliminated the defending NFC East champion Washington Redskins from playoff contention with a 24-17, come-from-behind victory Sunday night at FedEx Field.

The Giants (5-7) are just two games behind the co-division leaders, the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, despite losing their first six games.

Quarterback Eli Manning rallied New York from an early 14-0 deficit, completing 22 of 28 passes for 235 yards with one touchdown pass and an interception.

The Redskins (3-9) clinched a fourth losing season in five years with their fourth straight defeat.

Trailing 17-14 late in the third quarter, the Giants got good field position after a botched Washington punt. Kyle Nelson bounced the punt snap to Sav Rocca, whose low kick was deflected, and New York took over at the Washington 46.

Manning passed to wide receiver Victor Cruz for 8 yards, to tight end Brandon Myers for 18 and to Cruz for 19. Running back Andre Brown scored on a 1-yard run, his second touchdown of the night, to put the visitors ahead with 14:26 left.

New York defensive end Tuck, who came in with 2.5 sacks on the season, sacked Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III twice more on the next series and added his career-high fourth on the series after that.

Josh Brown's 39-yard field goal with 2:32 to go rounded out the scoring.

Giants safety Will Hill wrestled the ball from Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon to end Washington's last chance.

Griffin finished 24 of 32 for 206 yards and a touchdown. He also had 12 carries for 88 yards, team highs in both categories.

Cruz made six catches for 80 yards.

After Washington's promising opening series of the second half was undone by penalties on center Will Montgomery and wide receiver Santana Moss, Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather ended New York's ensuing possession by intercepting Manning's pass for wide receiver Rueben Randle and racing 32 yards to the Giants 12-yard line. However, Washington settled for a 33-yard Kai Forbath field goal to take a 17-14 lead with 4:25 remaining in the third quarter.

The Redskins went no-huddle on the opening drive and wound up scoring a touchdown on the first possession for the first time this season. Griffin completed a pass to five different targets in connecting on all five of his throws -- including reserve tight end Fred Davis' first catch since Week 2 -- for 57 of the 73 yards on the march that Morris finished with a 1-yard scoring run 7:06 into the game.

After the Giants went three-and-out for a second time, Washington drove 59 yards in eight plays with Griffin finding tight end Logan Paulsen for a 19-yard touchdown pass 3:15 into the second quarter. That raised the quarterback to 12-for-12 accuracy for 111 yards.

New York finally got going on the ensuing series. Manning passed to tight end Myers for 9 yards before reserve running back Peyton Hills bulled for 8 and then 27. Andre Brown then caught a 7-yard pass before storming 23 yards into the end zone to cut the deficit to 14-7 with 8:46 to go in the half.

Manning finished the half by completing his last nine passes for 93 yards, including six for 74 yards on the nine-play, 81-yard possession that ended with the game-tying, 22-yard touchdown pass to the wide-open Myers with 35 seconds left.

NOTES: Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion) and FB Darrel Young (knee) were inactive for the second straight game. TE Niles Paul (illness) also was sidelined. Evan Royster took Young's place in the lineup that Paul had filled Monday against the San Francisco 49ers. ... CBs Trumaine McBride (groin) and Corey Webster (ankle) were inactive for the Giants. Jayron Housley started opposite Prince Amukamara. With C Jim Cordle (knee) having landed on injured reserve, Kevin Boothe slid over from left guard and James Brewer started in Boothe's usual spot. With DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) sidelined, Mathias Kiwanuka started in his place. ... New York swept the series from 2008-10, but Washington won three of the four matchups the past two seasons. ... Washington RB Alfred Morris gained 26 yards on 11 carries. He needs 4 more yards to become the first Redskins running back to gain 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons.
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