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Strong second half leads Giants past Redskins

Landover, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Tuck and the New York Giants still have some fight left.

Tuck matched his 2012 sack total with four and the New York Giants defeated the Washington Redskins 24-17 on Sunday night.

Eli Manning threw for 235 yards on 22-of-28 efficiency with a touchdown and interception and Andre Brown ran for 35 yards and a pair of scores for the Giants (5-7), who have won five of their last six games. Brandon Myers caught five passes for 61 yards and a score in the triumph.

New York is two games behind the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles for the top spot in the NFC East with four games to play.

"After last week's loss we were probably going to have to win five in a row," Manning said.

Robert Griffin III had just one incompletion (16-of-17) in the first half and finished 24-of-32 for 207 yards and a touchdown. He added 88 yards rushing on 12 totes for Washington (3-9), which has been eliminated from playoff contention following its fourth straight loss.

Washington totaled just 95 yards in the second half.

The Redskins raced out to a 14-0 lead early in the second before the Giants outscored them 24-3 the rest of the way.

Manning hit Myers and Victor Cruz for completions of 18 and 19 yards, respectively, to put the ball at the Washington 1-yard line and Brown plunged in from a yard out on the first play of the fourth to give the Giants their first lead of the game, 21-17. Their drive was set up by a partially blocked punt by Damontre Moore.

Josh Brown booted through a 39-yard field goal with 2:32 left to make it 24-17.

Griffin converted a 4th-and-3 with a 9-yard completion to Logan Paulsen on Washington's ensuing sequence and faced with a 2nd-and-5 at its own 41, Griffin flipped a four-yard completion to Pierre Garcon.

While the Redskins were faced with a 3rd-and-1, the chains said first down. Washington then took a shot downfield to Fred Davis, instead of just trying to pick up a first down, but Antrel Rolle's hit pryed the ball loose for an incompletion.

"It did affect our play-calling," Washington head coach Mike Shannahan said of the third-down play.

Griffin's ensuing throw hit Pierre Garcon on fourth down along the right sideline, but Will Hill ripped the ball away from him to seal the outcome.

"No explanation, no measurement," Griffin said of the chain snafu. "We just had to go call the play and go for it on fourth down."

Earlier, Washington took nearly half of the first-quarter clock off with its opening 14-play, 73-yard drive. Griffin flipped a 12-yard completion to Fred Davis, which moved the ball to the Giants' 2-yard line on a 3rd-and-7 before Morris plunged in two plays later for the frame's lone score.

Griffin hit Paulsen over the middle on a 3rd-and-9 for a 19-yard TD pass early in the second quarter.

The Giants accumulated just five yards on six plays in the opening 15 minutes, but recorded 160 yards on 18 plays in the second.

New York answered the Redskins' score with a 6-play, 74-yard scoring trek. Peyton Hillis rumbled for a 27-yard gain before Brown broke off a 23-yard TD run off the right side two snaps later to cut the gap to 14-7 midway through the stanza.

A bit later, after both teams exchanged three straight three-and-outs, Manning found Myers over the middle for a 22-yard score with 35 ticks left in the first half.

Brandon Meriweather intercepted a Manning pass during the middle stages of the third quarter and returned it 32 yards down to the Giants' 12. This led to a 33-yard Kai Forbath field goal for a 17-14 Washington advantage.

Game Notes

The Giants were 4-of-12 on third down, while Washington finished 5-of-16 ... New York outgained the Redskins, 323-286 ... The Redskins have not made the postseason in 17 of the last 21 years.

12/02 01:24:09 ET

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 2013 American Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-New England 12 4 0 .750 444 338 8-0 4-4 4-2 9-3
NY Jets 8 8 0 .500 290 387 6-2 2-6 3-3 5-7
Miami 8 8 0 .500 317 335 4-4 4-4 2-4 7-5
Buffalo 6 10 0 .375 339 388 4-4 2-6 3-3 5-7
 
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y-Cincinnati 11 5 0 .688 430 305 8-0 3-5 3-3 8-4
Pittsburgh 8 8 0 .500 379 370 5-3 3-5 4-2 6-6
Baltimore 8 8 0 .500 320 352 6-2 2-6 3-3 6-6
Cleveland 4 12 0 .250 308 406 3-5 1-7 2-4 3-9
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Indianapolis 11 5 0 .688 391 336 6-2 5-3 6-0 9-3
Tennessee 7 9 0 .438 362 381 3-5 4-4 2-4 6-6
Jacksonville 4 12 0 .250 247 449 1-7 3-5 3-3 4-8
Houston 2 14 0 .125 276 428 1-7 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Denver 13 3 0 .813 606 399 7-1 6-2 5-1 9-3
x-Kansas City 11 5 0 .688 430 305 5-3 6-2 2-4 7-5
x-San Diego 9 7 0 .563 396 348 5-3 4-4 4-2 6-6
Oakland 4 12 0 .250 322 453 3-5 1-7 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
 2013 National Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Philadelphia 10 6 0 .625 442 382 4-4 6-2 4-2 9-3
Dallas 8 8 0 .500 439 432 5-3 3-5 5-1 7-5
NY Giants 7 9 0 .438 294 383 4-4 3-5 3-3 6-6
Washington 3 13 0 .188 334 478 2-6 1-7 0-6 1-11
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Green Bay 8 7 1 .531 417 428 4-3-1 4-4 3-2-1 6-5-1
Chicago 8 8 0 .500 445 478 5-3 3-5 2-4 4-8
Detroit 7 9 0 .438 395 376 4-4 3-5 4-2 6-6
Minnesota 5 10 1 .344 391 480 5-3 0-7-1 2-3-1 4-7-1
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Carolina 12 4 0 .750 366 241 7-1 5-3 5-1 9-3
x-New Orleans 11 5 0 .688 414 304 8-0 3-5 5-1 9-3
Atlanta 4 12 0 .250 353 443 3-5 1-7 1-5 3-9
Tampa Bay 4 12 0 .250 288 389 3-5 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Seattle 13 3 0 .813 417 231 7-1 6-2 4-2 10-2
x-San Francisco 12 4 0 .750 406 272 6-2 6-2 5-1 9-3
Arizona 10 6 0 .625 379 324 6-2 4-4 2-4 6-6
St. Louis 7 9 0 .438 348 364 5-3 2-6 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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