New York beats Washington in 2008 NFL opener

By Kevin Kelley -

The New York Giants, the 2008 Super Bowl Champions, picked up where they left off last season by beating the Washington Redskins 16-7 in the NFL season opener Thursday night. The Giants fierce defense held the Redskins to 209 total yards and 11 first downs.

Eli Manning (19 of 35, 216 yards, 1 INT) scored the only Giants touchdown of the game, a 1-yard run following an 84-yard drive to open the game. Giants kicker John Carney added field goals of 24, 25 and 47-yards.

The Redskins only points came with 13 seconds left to play in the first half. Quarterback Jason Campbell threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss.

Plaxico Burress caught 10 passes for 133 yards and Brandon Jacobs rushed 21 times for 116 yards to lead the New York Giants.

Next up for New York is a trip to St. Louis, while the Redskins host the New Orleans Saints.