NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Giants’ short-handed defense performed about as well as could be expected.

But their typically potent offense? Not so much.

The Giants didn’t score after halftime Sunday in a 28-14 season-opening loss to the Washington Redskins that had coach Tom Coughlin literally throwing his hands in the air.

“Offensively, we didn’t do a thing,” Coughlin said of the team’s 102-yard output in the second half.

Listen: Coughlin after a miserable Giants loss

The Giants, who ended a six-game winning streak over the Redskins and lost at Washington for the first time since 2005, converted just 1 of 10 third downs, including 0 for 6 in the second half. Most costly, Eli Manning threw a pass Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan batted, intercepted and returned 9 yards for a touchdown, breaking a 14-14 tie and shifting the momentum early in the third quarter.

“Both sides of the ball have got to do their part,” said Manning, who completed 18 of 32 passes for 268 yards and ran for a touchdown. “I thought our defense played really good tonight. They did a lot of good things and got us a turnover and stopped Washington for a good part of the game.

“We’ve got to do our part.”

The Giants were missing four defensive players who started 16 games last season — defensive end Justin Tuck, middle linebacker Jonathan Goff, defensive end Osi Umenyiora and cornerback Terrell Thomas — as well as first-round pick Prince Amukamara, a cornerback.

But New York sacked Rex Grossman four times, and Jason Pierre-Paul forced a fumble during his second sack.

The Giants comeback attempt fizzled when their fourth-quarter drives stalled because of poor passing and blocking. Ahmad Bradshaw was thrown for a 1-yard loss on third-and-1 at Washington’s 18 with the Giants trailing by seven. The ensuring field goal attempt was blocked.

Coughlin called New York’s late-game offense “totally unacceptable.”

Bradshaw finished with just 44 yards, and Brandon Jacobs ran for only 29.

Grossman, making his first Week 1 start since 2007, completed 21 of 34 passes for 305 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. His performance, at least for a week, justifies coach Mike Shanahan’s choice in a quarterback competition against John Beck that lasted the entire preseason. After an 0 for 4 start, Grossman started spreading the ball around, topped by Fred Davis’s career-high 105 yards on five catches.

“I know it means so much to Rex,” said Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, who had a Saturday dinner with Grossman during which both expressed their opening day nerves. “He wants to be an outstanding quarterback. … He deserved to play so well today. I’m so happy for him.”

A stadium of burgundy and gold became red, white and blue — in color and in spirit — during pregame ceremonies for the opener featuring the cities hit by the terrorists attacks 10 years ago. Chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A!” greeted former Secretary of State Colin Powell as he walked onto the field to perform the coin toss, and the fans — most holding miniature American flags — chanted again after a national anthem during which players from both teams helped hold an enormous version of the Stars and Stripes that covered the entire field.

“Any typical kickoff weekend, your emotions are high,” Grossman said. “Being it’s Sept. 11, 10th anniversary, Colin Powell’s in the locker room giving you the pregame speech, and then coming out and the fans are chanting ‘U-S-A.’ I was overwhelmed. It was a fun day. It’s a day I’ll never forget.”

The Giants will have to relive it quite a few times this week, reviewing the film to fix the mistakes. At least the defense hopes to have Tuck return for the next game against the St. Louis Rams on Monday night.

“That’s the plan,” Tuck said. “It’s going to be pretty hard to hold me out two weeks in a row.”

Giants fans: Do you think it’ll be a long, tough season? Sound off in the comments below…

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Comments (8)
  1. White Mike says:

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  2. White Mike says:

    hahahahahahahahahahahahaha…….hahahahahahahahaha Giant’s suck!! hahahahahahahah Rolle and Manning: top over-rated players in the NFL hahahahahaha GO REDSKINS!!!!! Superbowl XLII was a fluke Giants fans get it through your head, your defense won that game. Manning sucks big time. Old ass Grossman got it together and puts Manning to shame. hahahahahahahahaha…….see you 12/18 at the Jets House … hahahahahahaha

  3. SkinsFan Forlife says:

    ….wait….hold on…HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!
    How ya like the new look? HAHAHAHAHA!!!

  4. gmancat says:

    When you do absolutely nothing to improve your team all you get is an extenssion of the previous team. It should not surprise anyone. I don’t know what has happened to Eli, for some reason he has regressesd which is very sad. I don’t expext them to win more than four games. Jerry Reese should be the first to go. It’s obvious Jerry had no plan despite him saying that he did.

  5. Shawn says:

    I agree, they’ve been running the same plays for too long. Time to adjust, time to mix it up. But they won’t, they’ll be studying that film, trying to get the wrs on the same page with the qb, and the offensive line needs to block better, b bla bla.
    Tynes still sux

  6. gmanfan says:

    Funny how a self proclaimed “top 5” quarterback could be outplayed by a bottom 5 quarterback. Time to hand in the Super Bowl hall pass Eli and go back to class.

  7. carmine v says:

    The Giants are always out-coached. While their opponents makes adjustments to win games, the Giants keep trying the same vanilla offense.

  8. Michael Jones says:

    If I can predict the offensive playcalls, I know the other team can. The playbook is the same playbook they use for preseason. Can they get creative?

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