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Donnell triple sees Giants win

WASHINGTON DOWNED:The Redskins were undone by a string of turnovers, including a strip-sack by Mathias Kiwanuka, that led to 31 points for their New York foes

AP, LANDOVER, Maryland

New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell, left, catches a touchdown pass during their game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Maryland, on Thursday.

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New York tight end Larry Donnell caught three scoring passes from quarterback Eli Manning in the first half to set up the Giants’ 45-14 win over the Washington Redskins on Thursday.

Manning completed 28 of 39 passes for 300 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for a touchdown from the one-yard line, and Andre Williams also ran for a score.

Donnell finished with seven catches for 54 yards. He had only one career touchdown catch entering the game, but he now leads the Giants this season in touchdown catches (4) and overall receptions (25). Daniel Fells had a two-yard scoring catch in the third quarter, which means tight ends have snagged seven of Manning’s nine touchdown passes this season.

New York’s Victor Cruz added six receptions for 108 yards, his second consecutive 100-yard game.

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins and his receivers were not anywhere near as efficient for the home team, who were undone by six turnovers that led to 31 points for the Giants.

A strip-sack by Mathias Kiwanuka set up New York’s first touchdown, Trumaine McBride’s strip of tight end Logan Paulsen after a catch ended a Washington drive deep in New York territory, and Prince Amukamara, Quinten Demps, McBride and Antrel Rolle intercepted passes from Cousins in the second half.

Cousins — who has the starting quarterback job while Robert Griffin III recovers from a dislocated ankle — finished 19 for 33 for 257 yards with four interceptions and a fumble.

The Redskins, under first-year coach Jay Gruden, dropped to 1-3 and into the cellar in the National Football Conference East, already 2.5 games behind unbeaten Philadelphia. Cousins threw three interceptions in a span of five attempts in the second half.

Donnell became the first Giants player with three touchdown catches in a half since Amani Toomer in the 2002-2003 season.

Redskins tight end Niles Paul left the game in the first half after a nasty helmet-to-helmet hit, and Washington also lost left tackle Trent Williams to a strained knee in the second half.

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