Landover, MD (WWBT)- The Redskins put together a terrific preseason with a perfect 4-0 record, but all that meant nothing this afternoon, as they took the field for real to open the season. Washington looked like a fine-tuned machine for a good part of the afternoon, and Rex Grossman backed up Mike Shanahan's decision to name him the starting quarterback.
Grossman's two touchdown passes and a great defensive play by Ryan Kerrigan led the Redskins to a 28-14 season opening win over the Giants at FedEx Field. After the Giants opened up the scoring with a touchdown, Washington answered in the second quarter with former Richmond Spider Tim Hightower's first touchdown as a Redskin to tie the game at seven. With less than a minute to play and down a touchdown again, Grossman tallied his first TD pass of the season, hitting Anthony Armstrong in the corner of the endzone, sending the teams into halftime tied at 14.
Washington stormed out in the second half and did so on defense. Rookie Ryan Kerrigan burst onto the scene for the Redskins, tipping an Eli Manning-thrown ball, pulling it in and running into the endzone for a nine yard score. The Redskins would never look back, preserving the seven point advantage and then adding to it in the fourth quarter with Grossman's second touchdown strike, a four yard pass to Jabar Gaffney to cap off the scoring.
Grossman finished the day 21-of-34 for 305 yards and two touchdowns. Hightower carried the ball 25 times for 72 yards and the touchdown. Fred Davis pulled in five catches for 105 yards to lead the team in receiving.
The Redskins host Arizona next Sunday at 1:00 pm.