Redskins Lose Season Opener
C.J. Lawrence | 9/13/2009, 8:42 p.m.
Giants 23, Redskins 17
The Washington Redskins traveled north to the Meadowlands to face the New York Giants in their season opener, and came away with a 23-17 defeat.
Quarterback Jason Campbell was 19-26 for 211 yards and threw one touchdown and one interception. The Redskins first score of the game came when Redskins head coach Jim Zorn pulled out a trick play, which resulted in a touchdown, when punter Hunter Smith scored from eight yards out on a fake field goal attempt in the first half.
The team€s scored again on a 27 yard field goal by kicker Shaun Suisham in the third quarter. The last score for the Redskins came when Campbell connected with tight end Chris Cooley for a 17-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.
Campbell also made a costly error, when he fumbled in the second quarter. The ball was picked up by Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, which was returned for a touchdown. The Giants defense held the Redskins offense to 272 total yards.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who signed a $100 million contract extension in the offseason, connected on a 30-yard touchdown pass to wide out Mario Manningham, a play in which Manningham got by Redskins defenders Fred Smoot, DeAngelo Hall and Andre Carter, who all missed tackles on Manningham. Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes added to the Giants scoring totals by connecting on three field goals, including a 45 yard strike in the fourth quarter.
The Redskins play their home opener next week against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, September 20 at 1p.m. at FedEx Field. The Rams lost 28-0 in their opening game on the road to the Seattle Seahawks.