First-place Redskins savor win over Giants 6-game drought vs. N.Y. ends with 31-10 victory

September 16, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Washington Redskins made life even more miserable for Dan Reeves and the New York Giants yesterday, beating them, 31-10, before 71,693 at Giants Stadium.

Terry Allen rolled up 146 rushing yards and one touchdown, Gus Frerotte had one of the best days of his young NFL career and the Redskins' defensive line harassed Giants quarterback Dave Brown into submission, sacking him four times and forcing four interceptions.

Brown also got into a brief altercation with Washington linebacker Marvcus Patton with six minutes left in the game, adding a little more fuel to the Giants-Redskins rivalry.

"I read in the paper that they like playing the Redskins and they were going to kick-start their season, blah, blah, blah, you know what I'm saying," Patton said. "He's too young and they're not good enough to be saying that. I mean if they're the Super Bowl champs or whatever, then they can say that. I just let him know a few things to keep him humble."

Brown said of the scuffle with Patton: "He's a guy who talks a lot and I'm certainly not going to take the stuff he was saying. I'm glad I stood up for myself. I've been taught that if someone keeps yappin' and yappin' then I'm going to stand up for myself. When a guy tackles you and then rips your head off the next play, I'm fighting back. I'll wear a helmet the next time."

Making the victory even more satisfying for Washington was the fact it ended a six-game losing streak against its longtime rivals.

A usually reserved Washington coach Norv Turner even found time to joke a little, saying with a big smile, "I told the players they all played well but I said they can still play better and they threw towels at me."

To top off the day, the Redskins (2-1) are tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for first place in the NFC East.

The Dallas Cowboys are a game behind the Redskins.

However, it was a dismal Giants team the Redskins tore apart yesterday, an 0-3 Giants team that has been outscored, 81-13, since getting off to a 17-0 lead over the Buffalo Bills in the season opener.

"We were just awful," Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn said. "They just ran the ball and out-executed us. Our overall performance for the most part was terrible. All 53 people."

Redskins linebacker Ken Harvey tried to keep everything in perspective as he watched his teammates celebrate.

"This is great as long as we only savor it one day and then get on with business next week," Harvey said, referring to Sunday's game at the St. Louis Rams. "If we get too carried away, we'll be right back where we were. We said coming into the season that we needed to get some monkeys off our back this year if we wanted to be successful, and this was one of them."

Frerotte, who completed 15 of 23 passes for 197 yards and his first touchdown pass of the season, was one Washington player who wanted to savor the win a little.

"It was a good feeling to beat the Giants for the first time since I've been here," said Frerotte, whose touchdown pass came off a fake field goal when he picked the ball up and hit a wide-open Scott Galbraith for a 30-yard scoring play and 17-0 lead with 3: 41 left in the first half. "They hit me quite a few times and those guys will keep coming. They'll bring it."

Frerotte called Allen's running show "unbelievable. There may be guys in this league who can cut faster or run faster than Terry, but he has heart and desire."

The Giants fought back to a 17-10 deficit on a 19-yard field goal by Brad Daluiso with 3: 50 left in the third quarter, but Allen made it 24-10 when he cut back beautifully for a 7-yard touchdown run just four seconds into the fourth quarter.

A few minutes later, many of the Giants fans headed for the exits when cornerback Tom Carter intercepted Brown's pass at the Redskins' goal line off an old-fashioned, flea-flicker play by the Giants. It was Carter's second interception of the day.

Pub Date: 9/16/96

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