Third-down conversions key to Redskins' win

Third-down conversions key to Redskins' win
December 19, 2011, 5:36 pm
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The Redskins entered Sundays game against the Giants ranked 20th in third down offense. There have been the good games 9-of-18 at St. Louis and 7-of-14 vs. New England and many more bad games 5-of-15 vs. the Giants (Week 1), 1-of-10 vs. Philadelphia, 4-of-14 vs. Buffalo and 5-of-13 at Miami.In game No. 14, the Redskins delivered their best third down performance of the year 8-of-15 (53 percent).You need receivers making some plays and thats what they did today made some big plays in crucial situations on third down, was all coach Mike Shanahan had to say about the efficiency.Well say a little bit more. The Giants entered 19th in third down defense but had few answers for the Redskins.A look at each third down play:FIRST QUARTER3-12-NY39: Grossman 19 pass to Stallworth.3-8-NY18: Grossman incomplete (Moss).3-17-W43: Grossman 16 pass to Stallworth.SECOND QUARTER3-1-NY25: Young 3 run.3-8-NY20: Grossman 20 pass to Moss TD.3-1-NY21: Helu 3 run.3-14-NY22: Grossman 16 pass to Gaffney.3-11-W24: Grossman 20 pass to Moss (plus 15 for roughing the passer).3-10-NY41: Grossman incompleteTHIRD QUARTER3-1-NY25: Helu 0 run.3-10-NY14: Grossman 7 pass to Helu.FOURTH QUARTER3-4-W26: Grossman incomplete (Moss).3-6-W29: Grossman 13 pass to Gaffney.3-2-50: Royster 2 run.3-3-NY41: Grossman incomplete (Armstrong)