Redskins running game stalls

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In close to three decades patrolling the NFL sidelines as a head coach, Joe Gibbs had been shut out only once.

Until yesterday when his Washington Redskins ran into the brick wall known as the New York Giants defence.

A goose egg is never a good thing, but even worse when it comes in a game that was a showdown for first place in the division.

"I think we all realized what was at stake," Gibbs said of the 36-0 loss. "We talked about it all week. There was a lot riding on it but we just didn't play well."

A Redskins offence that had been averaging 412 yards managed just 123 yesterday. Giants running back Tiki Barber ran for 206 yards on his own yesterday.

The Giants attacked quarterback Mark Brunell and stuffed the run game of Clinton Portis. And for good measure, they forced two turnovers on special teams.

"(The Giants) came out and they were physical on both sides of the ball," said Brunell, who was sacked three times and picked off once while completing 11 of 28 attempts for 65 yards.

"They flat out beat us up and down the field."


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