Grade vs. Giants: A
Comment: Pierre Garçon’s importance to the Redskins’ cannot be overstated, not after witnessing the impact the No. 1 wide receiver has made the past two games.
A game after scoring an electrifying touchdown at Cowboys Stadium, Garçon and quarterback Robert Griffin III shredded the Giants’ secondary for eight receptions, 106 and a score -- despite a foot injury that was believed to require surgery.
Against the Giants, Garçon's catches were clutch. He had a 25-yarder on the Redskins’ first touchdown drive, catches of 18 and 35 on the drive that ended in Kai Forbath’s 33-yard field goal and, of course, was on the receiving end of the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Garçon also made a clutch 17-yard reception on the game-clinching drive on which the Redskins ran out the clock.
“I’m just trying to run hard whenever I get the ball,” Garçon said of playing through the plantar plate tear in his right foot. “I try to block hard whenever I can. I’m playing hard for my team; it’s what I enjoy doing.”
Griffin and Alfred Morris were also outstanding, rushing for a 196 yards against New York's fearsome front four. In fact, both rookies achieved significant milestones in the win, Washington's third in a row.
But it’s the reemergence of Garçon -- and all of the challenges a wide out of his skill and size presents -- that could prove to be the key to the Redskins’ second half run.