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RGIII fumble costly

A fumble by Robert Griffin III is a key play in another loss by the Washington Redskins, who next host the Eagles.


A game-changing fumble by Robert Griffin III as time expired in the first half paved the way for yet another Redskins defeat.

The play wiped out a pivotal touchdown, left the Redskins shaking their heads and got Santana Moss ejected in a 24-13 loss to the New York Giants, Washington's sixth straight setback.

The Giants (5-9) won for the second straight time as Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes to rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr., covering 10, 35 and 6 yards.

The game, however, seemingly was decided on the final play of the first half when Griffin scrambled for an apparent 8-yard score and a 17-7 lead, diving over the pylon and then running on to the field and spiking the ball.

The celebration was premature. The video review by referee Jeff Triplette showed that Griffin lost control of the ball diving over the pylon, and the play was ruled a touchback.

The reversal so incensed veteran Redskins receiver Santana Moss that he charged at the officials, argued and got tossed.

Griffin, who entered the game early when starter Colt McCoy suffered a neck injury, finished 18 of 27 for 236 yards. He also ran five times for 46 yards, but was sacked seven times.