EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eli Manning threw a 77-yard scoring pass to Victor Cruz with 1:13 left to play, and the New York Giants overcame a late touchdown by rookie sensation Robert Griffin III to defeat the Washington Redskins 27-23 on Sunday.
Manning's pass to Cruz came two plays and 19 seconds after Griffin capped what was a potential game-winning, 77-yard drive with a 30-yard TD pass to Santana Moss. The rookie quarterback had kept the drive alive with a 19-yard pass off a desperate scramble on a fourth-and-10 play deep in his own territory and a 24-yard run on the next play.
Cruz, however, blew by Josh Wilson and Madieu Williams for the decisive score, and the 80,000-plus fans in MetLife Stadium celebrated as Manning triumphantly pumped his fist.
Griffin had Washington moving for another score when Moss was tackled by Chase Blackburn after an 11-yard reception and fumbled the ball, which Giants rookie Jayron Hosley recovered at the Redskins' 43.
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