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Giants’ Pass Rushers Sack Robert Griffin III, Praise Him After Win

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – The New York Giants’ three elite pass rushers – defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora – all sacked Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III during their 27-23 victory at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

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But they all praised the rookie after facing him for the first time and expressed moderate fear over his development.

“I’m pretty mad at the football gods for putting him in the NFC East,” Tuck said after the game. “To face that guy twice a year is going to be a headache. … He takes away from your enthusiasm for the game a little bit, when you play a play perfectly and he still has 4.3 speed to run by guys and make plays.”

Tuck had an eight-yard sack in the second quarter, while Pierre-Paul had a 12-yard sack and Umenyiora had a six-yard sack in the fourth.

Griffin completed 20 of 28 passes for 258 yards, two touchdowns and an interception and also ran nine times for 89 yards.

“He made a play where I had to dive for him and he still ran around me like he was just out there playing in the backyard,” Tuck said. “It’s an eerie feeling when you get up off the ground and you look up and that quick, he’s already 30 yards down the field.”

Pierre-Paul said publicly warned Griffin earlier in the week “not to come to my side.” Griffin didn’t need to on the sack; he dropped back and tight end Niles Paul appeared to have missed a cut block, leaving Pierre-Paul free to take him down.

“He’s a pretty good quarterback,” Pierre-Paul said. “For D-linemen, we don’t like to chase, but we have to do what we can to get the quarterback, so when he broke downfield, we still kept running and running. We did a great job. We contained, we had our edges, our rushing lanes, and he’s just a great quarterback all-around.”

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