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Giants Hold Narrow Halftime Lead Over RGIII, Redskins

by Chuck Carroll
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Josh Morgan runs the ball as he is hit by Jason Pierre-Paul before he scores a touchdown after recovering a fumble by Robert Griffin III.  (credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Josh Morgan runs the ball as he is hit by Jason Pierre-Paul before he scores a touchdown after recovering a fumble by Robert Griffin III. (credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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LANDOVER, Md. (CBSDC) — The New York Giants have controlled the ball 11 minutes more than the Washington Redskins, yet enter the locker room with a narrow three-point lead.

In his Monday Night Football debut, Griffin is 7-of-12 for 100 passing. He also has a 12-yard rush so far in the game.

Griffin’s biggest benefit came from having ailing wide receiver Pierre Garcon on the field. Despite Garcon’s troublesome foot, the pair connected five times for 74 yards in the half.

Running back Alfred Morris’ 44 first half rushing yards carried him past the 1,000 yards on the season. The feat marks the first time in NFL history a team has had a rookie quarterback pass for 2,000 yards or more and a rookie running back rush for 1,000 yards or more in a single season.

Washington’s crown jewel in the first half came on a Griffin blunder. The moment can only be defined as ‘it’s better to be lucky than to be good.’

Griffin’s first quarter fumble went directly into the arms of Joshua Morgan who returned it 13 yards for a Redskins touchdown, giving the team their first points of the half.

Kai Forbath would add a 33-yard field goal in the closing minutes of the second quarter to tie the game.

New York would add a 40-yard Lawrence Tynes field goal to retake the lead as the half drew to a close.

Linebacker London Fletcher, an injury question mark entering the game, is active and playing in his 236th consecutive contest.

Left tackle Trent Williams, who was also questionable for the game with a left thigh bruise, is also active.

For the Giants, Eli Manning has thrown for 187 yards and touchdown to Martellus Bennett.

Ahmad Bradshaw has 77 yards on 15 carries through two quarters.

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