By Barry Wilner, AP Pro Football Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.(AP) — Running to paydirt was as easy as running to daylight for the New York Giants.
With the wind whipping around the New Meadowlands Stadium, the Giants turned to their backfield tandem of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. They turned Sunday's meeting with the Washington Redskins into a rout, rushing for all four touchdowns and 200 yards in a 31-7 victory.
Jacobs set the tone with a 39-yard burst on New York's second play from scrimmage. He soon followed with an 8-yard TD and the Giants were off and, uh, running into a first-place tie with Philadelphia atop the NFC East. The Giants (8-4) have won five straight against Washington (5-7), whose playoff chances pretty much disappeared.
Donovan McNabb, who had plenty of success as an Eagles quarterback against New York, wasn't a factor in his first appearance against the Giants as a Redskin. He wasn't helped by drops from his receivers and the tricky wind, which always has been a factor in the Meadowlands, whether in Giants Stadium or the new structure that opened this year.
Things started well immediately for New York as Danny Ware went 37 yards with the opening kickoff. Jacobs, who finished with 103 yards on only eight carries, then shed two tacklers to surge down the left side for 39 yards. Moments later, he was dancing in the end zone following his TD run on which he showed nifty footwork with a cutback.
It was the Giants' first opening-drive TD in 13 games.
Soon after, running mate Bradshaw scored on a 4-yard run for a 14-0 edge. Working behind a jumbled offensive line due to injuries, Bradshaw also had a 10-yard burst to make it 21-0 at halftime - and it could have been much worse for Washington. London Fletcher intercepted Eli Manning's underthrown pass in the end zone on first down from the Redskins 4.
No matter. With Washington unable to move the ball or turning it over, the romp was on.
Bradshaw's second touchdown was set up by Anthony Armstrong's fumble that Terrell Thomas returned 10 yards to the Washington 35. And Jacobs' 28-yard jaunt on which he high-stepped into the end zone in the third quarter to make it 28-0 followed McNabb's fumble at the Redskins 46.
Jacobs, who got back his starting job last week but splits the carries with Bradshaw, went over 100 yards on that score. Bradshaw wound up with 97.
McNabb won his last four starts against the Giants while an Eagle, but other than his 33-yard strike to a wide-open Armstrong, he did little. He was sacked four times, twice by first-round draftee Jason Pierre-Paul, and threw an end-zone interception to Thomas. It was a career-high 14th pick McNabb has thrown in a season - he added another on the final play - and the Redskins lost four fumbles.
Lawrence Tynes made his 13th straight field goal, a 28-yarder with 9 minutes remaining.
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