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Giants-Redskins Final Score: Giants get first victory by 32-21 margin

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The Giants earned their first victory of the season Thursday. Here's how.

Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants celebrate his 30-yard touchdown
Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants celebrate his 30-yard touchdown
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Even the New York Giants couldn't blow this one, dominating the Washington Redskins on Thursday night, 25-14, for their first victory over the season. Both teams are 1-2.

"We won, so smile," said an obviously Giants head coach Tom Coughlin after the game.

The key sequence of the game came in the third quarter with the Giants leading, 18-6. A double-digit second-half lead has, of course, been the Giants' Kryptonite thus far this season. When the Redskins marched from their own 24-yard line to the Giants' 34 it looked as if they might be heading for a touchdown drive that would turn the game into a nail biter. Devon Kennard tipped a Kirk Cousins pass intended Derek Carrier, however, and Uani 'Unga intercepted at the 27-yard line.

The Giants then put together and eight-play, 73-yard drive capped by a 30-yard scoring strike from Eli Manning to Odell Beckham Jr. that gave the Giants a commanding 25-6 lead with 13:46 to play.

The rest of the game, quite honestly, was window dressing. Entertaining window dressing that included a 41-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Rueben Randle, a 101-yard kickoff return by Rashad Ross of Washington and a sighting of Nikita Whitlock playing defensive tackle, but still window dressing.

Eli Manning finished the game 23-of-32 for 279 yards and two touchdowns. The first touchdown pass, a 30-yarder to Odell Beckham, was the 262nd of his career, pushing him past Dave Krieg for 12th place in NFL history.

Beckham caught seven passes for 79 yards, and Randle had seven catches for 116 yard and a score.

Prince Amukamara and Uani 'Unga had interceptions for the Giants.

Scoring Summary

The Giants took a 2-0 lead with 12:47 to go in the first quarter when Rashad Jennings blocked a Tress Way punt from the 17-yard line and the ball went out of bounds in the end zone.

A Prince Amukamara interception of a Kirk Cousins pass from the Washington 9-yard line set the Giants up at the Redskins 14-yard line. Four plays later, Andre Williams ran 1 yard off the left side for a touchdown, giving the Giants a 9-0 lead with 6:34 left in the opening quarter.

The Redskins got on the board with 11:31 left in the first half when Dustin Hopkins made a 44-yard field goal. That concluded a 10-play, 54-yard drive that took 4:08.

The Giants responded by going 47 yards in nine plays for a 36-yard Josh Brown field goal to make the score 15-3 with 7:32 left in the half. They were aided by a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty assessed to Washington's Jeron Johnson on the kickoff. The Giants had to settle for the field goal after Larry Donnell dropped a third-down pass inside the Washington 10-yard line.

Washington closed within 15-6 on a 37-yard Hopkins field goal with 1:43 left in the half.

The Giants opened the second half going 50 yards in 15 plays in 7:31 for a 48-yard field goal by Josh Brown, giving them an 18-6 lead with 7:29 left in the quarter.

With Washington driving, the Giants got a huge turnover when Devon Kennard tipped a pass intended for Derek Carrier, and Uani 'Unga made a diving interception late in the third quarter.

The Giants took advantage of the 'Unga interception by 73 yards in eight plays and getting a 30-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Odell Beckham for a 25-6 lead with 13:39 to play. The touchdown pass was th 262nd of Manning's career, putting him in 12th place in NFL history, one ahead of Dave Krieg.

The Redskins sliced the lead to 25-14 with 3:44 to play on a  4-yard pass from Cousins to Jamison Crowder. They also completed a successful two-point conversion.

The Giants added to the score with a 41-yard pass from Manning to Rueben Randle with 3:21 remaining. That made the score 32-14.

Rashad Ross then went 101 yards for a touchdown, making the score 32-21 with 3:08 left.