Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Jpp's Play Gives Spark to Giants

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Jpp's Play Gives Spark to Giants

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EAST RUTHERFORD -- Jason Pierre-Paul made one of the most critical plays in Sunday's 24-13 victory over Washington, and he was both angry and frustrated about it.

That's because the Redskins were the ones who got to celebrate as Robert Griffin III dived into the end zone for a touchdown on the final play of the first half.

At least it was initially ruled that way, and with Griffin slamming the football to the turf in jubilation, Pierre-Paul's all- out attempt to stop him appeared all for naught.

Pierre-Paul was disgusted, only to have his hustle rewarded upon further review.

On his scramble to the right side, Griffin lost control of the ball when a lunging Pierre-Paul - who had been lined up on the opposite side of the field - slapped his left arm. The Redskins quarterback was in the process of transferring the ball from his right to his left, and the hit from Pierre-Paul caused a bobble while he was still in the air.

Officials ended up ruling that Griffin never regained possession. So instead of a touchdown, which would have put the Giants in a double-digit hole, the second quarter was declared over with a touchback.

Just about everything went the Giants' way after that.

"I was just playing football. I was just trying to prevent him from getting in the end zone," Pierre-Paul said. "I didn't even know I knocked the ball out. I was just being a football player, trying to stop him from scoring a touchdown."

The simplest of quests have so often been the most difficult for these Giants, who have looked to Pierre-Paul time and again to lift them onto his shoulders the way rookie Odell Beckham Jr. has done seemingly since his NFL debut here Oct. 5.

Pierre-Paul has delivered in a variety of ways the past two weeks in victories over Tennessee and Washington that - if nothing else - restored some pride in a locker room and to a franchise desperate to show it is headed in the right direction despite missing the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons.

"JPP has turned it up," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said of Pierre- Paul, who registered 2.5 sacks for his second consecutive multisack game. …

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