It was over when ...
Ahmad Bradshaw had his second two-touchdown game of 2009.
(Haraz N. Ghanbari / Associated Press)
Giants QB Eli Manning threw a 23-yard touchdown to WR Derek Hagan midway through the third quarter to give New York a 31-6 lead. After the Redskins finally scored on their opening drive of the third quarter, Manning and Co. didn't allow Washington to build any momentum by responding with a seven-play, 77-yard drive that culminated with Hagan's score.
In a game the Giants had to have to help their playoff chances, Manning was at his best. He went 19-of-26 for 268 yards, three touchdowns (each to a different receiver) and no interceptions. Manning also got everyone involved, completing passes to 10 different receivers.
The start of the game set the tone for the rest of the night. In the first quarter, New York ran 25 offensive plays to Washington's three (a three-and-out) and outgained the Redskins 139 yards to minus-3. Although the Giants only led 7-0 after the first quarter, they scored two plays into the second quarter to go up 14-0 and never looked back.
The Giants sacked QB Jason Campbell five times. ... Campbell left with a shoulder sprain late in the second quarter, but returned to start the second half. ... The Giants were 11 of 15 on third down. Their 73.3 percent conversion rate is the best by any team in a game this season. ... New York WR Steve Smith had five catches for 40 yards and a touchdown, giving him the NFC lead in receptions (90), one ahead of Larry Fitzgerald. ... Giants WR Hakeem Nicks left the game with a hamstring injury in the second quarter and did not return.