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Manning Hits Cruz For 77-Yard Game Winner vs. Redskins

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 21: Victor Cruz #80 of the New York Giants runs after a catch for the winning touchdown as Madieu Williams #41, and Josh Wilson #26 of the Washington Redskins give chase in the fourth quarter of a 27-23 Giant win at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Eli Manning shook off a pair of second half interceptions to lead the Giants to another fourth-quarter, game winning drive, hooking up with Victor Cruz for 77-yards as the New York Giants rallied past the Washington Redskins 27-23 on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Robert Griffin III led Washington to a 77-yard go-ahead drive of his own on the possession before, capping it with a perfectly thrown 30-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss, giving Washington a 23-20 advantage with at 1:32 left in regulation.

Two plays later came Manning’s TD-connection with Cruz – their 7th this season, marking Eli’s 23rd career fourth-quarter comeback, and 27th game-winning drive.

Griffin responded with three first downs, but Moss fumbled after making a catch near mid-field – Washington’s fourth turnover of the game – locking up a win for the Giants (5-2).

Manning finished with 337 yards, a touchdown and two picks. Cruz had seven reception for 131-yards and a score. Martellus Bennett had five grabs for 79 yards and Hakeen Nicks added five for 59.

Andre Brown had Big Blue’s first TD, a one yarder that put his team ahead 7-3 in the first quarter. Ahmad Bradshaw grinded out a one-yard score of his own in the fourth quarter that broke a 13-13 tie.

Griffin’s impressive rookie-campaign continued with 258 yards threw the air, two touchdowns and one interception and added 89 more on the ground. He fumbled twice but only lost one, a sack-fumble by Jason Pierre-Paul – recovered by Linval Joseph.

Michael Boley also had a fumble recovery, while Jayron Hosely recovered Moss’ game clinching fumble after getting beat by Moss on Washington’s go-ahead drive just minutes earlier.

Moss finished with three catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns.

The Giants lost both meeting to the Redskins last season, but have won 10 of the last 13 meetings.

New York travels looks to avenge its Week 1 loss, traveling to Dallas to take on the Cowboys (3-3) next Sunday at 4:25.

Washington (3-4) visits Pittsburgh (3-3).

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