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Giants capitalize on Redskins’ mistakes

‘ELEVATE’ MANTRA:Quarterback Eli Manning said the team were targeting a strong fourth quarter after two losses, despite leading late in both by at least 10 points

AFP, EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey

Washington Redskins strong safety Trenton Robinson, left, tackles New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell during their game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Thursday.

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The New York Giants parlayed two Redskins turnovers into 14 points on Thursday en route to a 32-21 win over Washington, their first victory of the young NFL season.

Quarterback Eli Manning completed 23 of 32 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions for the Giants, who opened the third week of the year with a much-needed victory over their NFC East division rivals.

Wide receiver Rueben Randle, a non-factor in the Giants’ first two games, had seven receptions for 116 yards and one touchdown.

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr added seven catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins threw one scoring pass and two interceptions.

The Giants, up 15-6 at halftime, extended their lead on their opening drive of the third quarter, which was capped by Josh Brown’s third field goal of the game for an 18-6 lead.

On the next drive, the Redskins made it to the Giants’ 34-yard line, but Cousins threw his second interception of the contest, a pass intended for tight end Derek Carrier that was picked off by linebacker Uani’ Unga.

That set up a 30-yard scoring throw from Manning to Beckham that made it 25-6 early in the fourth period.

Washington had a good opportunity with 9 minutes, 42 seconds remaining.

On fourth-and-one from the Giants’ 7-yard line, running back Matt Jones ran the ball off the left end for five yards, but was stripped of the ball by Giants defender Trevin Wade.

The ball rolled out of the back of the end zone and was ruled a touchback, giving the Giants possession.

Washington almost turned the ball over again on a pass to receiver Pierre Garcon that initially was ruled a fumble recovery by the Giants, but the call was reversed on a replay review.

That decision allowed the Redskins to press on with a drive that yielded their first touchdown — a four-yard toss from Cousins to running back Chris Thompson.

A two-point conversion pass from Cousins to wide receiver Jamison Crowder pulled Washington within 25-14 with 3 minutes, 30 seconds remaining.

The Giants responded with another touchdown — a 41-yard reception by Randle — before Rashad Ross returned a kickoff 101 yards for a Redskins touchdown that made it 32-21.

The Giants held on for a win that Manning admitted was vital.

New York had already made dubious history in becoming the first team ever to lose the first two games of the season, despite leading both by 10 or more points in the fourth quarter.

The Giants’ mantra going in was “win the fourth quarter,” Manning said.

“When the fourth quarter came, [we knew] we’ve got to elevate our play and play our best football,” he said. “I thought we did that tonight.”

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