“I would like to start out saying thanks to our fans,” Mike Shanahan said Saturday to begin his post-loss press conference. “Any time you get a 5-win season [against] a team coming in with two wins, it’s not too often you get that type of support. And obviously we couldn’t make them very happy with the way we played, but again I’d like to thank them for being as loud and obviously showing up and doing the things that you would do over a Christmas weekend.”
Indeed, I wrote a few items predicting a minuscule crowd during the week, and it probably turned out better than I thought. The announced attendance was 68,370, making it the fourth-smallest home crowd of the Daniel Snyder Era. (Three of the seven smallest have come in Mike Shanahan’s tenure, which is odd, even considering the party deck reduction.)
The above image was taken after the Vikings went up by 10 points with four minutes left in the game. By then, a good number of fans had likely started heading for the exits.
This is probably the fairest image, since it was captured in the second quarter, with the Redskins down, 10-7. By then, all the late arrivals should have arrived, and the halftime exodus wouldn’t yet have started. It comes via @RecordsANDRadio.
Other than that, there were a mess of images from just before or just after kickoff, although many fans reported abnormally slow security lines that delayed their arrival. These images come via @GWallaceWTOP, CNBC, and @BarrySvrluga.
Also, the Redskins finished the 2011 campaign with a 2-6 home mark, as Ryan O’Halloran noted. That tied their worst previous home mark under Snyder.