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Giants Down Redskins 24-21 in OT

September 22, 2003

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) _ The New York Giants blew another fourth-quarter lead. This time, they recovered to win in overtime.

Matt Bryant kicked a 29-yard field goal 4:15 into the extra period Sunday to give the Giants a 24-21 victory over the Washington Redskins, putting the two teams in a tie for first place in the NFC East.

The Giants led 21-3 at halftime, but a mistake-filled second half and bad clock management late in the game allowed Washington to tie it on John Hall’s 34-yard field goal with 13 seconds left in regulation.

Kerry Collins threw three touchdown passes, completing 24 of 39 passes for 276 yards. Tiki Barber ran for 126 yards, and the defense held the Redskins without a touchdown until late in the third quarter.

The Redskins (2-1) dug themselves in a hole with a franchise-tying 17 penalties for 142 yards, including nine in the first half, while the Giants returned the favor after halftime with 11 of their 15 penalties, allowing Washington to rally.

The Giants committed a holding penalty on the kickoff return to start overtime and had to begin the drive at their own 6. But a 15-yard run by Barber, a 14-yard pass to Jeremy Shockey and a 27-yard gain after a catch in the flat by fullback Jim Finn moved New York into range for the winning field goal.

The Giants, rebounding from a demoralizing 35-32 overtime loss to Dallas on Monday night, improved to 2-1.

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