The New York Giants, the 2008 Super Bowl Champions, picked up where they left off last season by beating the Washington Redskins 16-7 in the NFL season opener Thursday night. The Giants fierce defense held the Redskins to 209 total yards and 11 first downs.
Eli Manning (19 of 35, 216 yards, 1 INT) scored the only Giants touchdown of the game, a 1-yard run following an 84-yard drive to open the game. Giants kicker John Carney added field goals of 24, 25 and 47-yards.
The Redskins only points came with 13 seconds left to play in the first half. Quarterback Jason Campbell threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss.
Plaxico Burress caught 10 passes for 133 yards and Brandon Jacobs rushed 21 times for 116 yards to lead the New York Giants.