Giants embarrass Redskins, 45-12

By Jason Reid
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

During his introductory news conference last week, new Washington Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen talked about the organization's rich history, which his father, George, contributed to during his Hall of Fame coaching career.

The elder Allen's philosophy of "the future is now" still applies, the son said, and the plan is for the struggling Redskins to return to prominence sooner rather than later. After watching the team in person for the first time since being hired, however, who could blame Allen if he revised his timetable?

The New York Giants overwhelmed their NFC East rivals from the outset Monday night in what was easily the Redskins' worst performance under Coach Jim Zorn -- and among the worst in their recent history -- while sprinting to a 45-12 victory at FedEx Field.

"We didn't show up," fullback Mike Sellers said.

On a chilly night in their next-to-last game at FedEx this season, the Redskins (4-10) were booed off the field at halftime after a bizarre sequence in which Zorn twice in the final two seconds of the half approved a gadget play with the Redskins at the Giants 20-yard line. To say the least, the play did not work, and punter Hunter Smith was hit hard, threw an interception and the half ended on the return.

Many in an announced crowd of 78,359 voiced their displeasure in booing as the team disappeared into the tunnel trailing 24-0. New York (8-6) thoroughly outplayed Washington in every facet of football en route to building the big cushion during its fourth consecutive victory in the series and eighth in the last nine meetings. With the win, the Giants, who endured a long slide after a 5-0 start this season, kept alive their playoff hopes with two games remaining in the regular season.

Early in the fourth quarter, there was an on-field altercation involving DeAngelo Hall, Albert Haynesworth and Giants running back Brandon Jacobs. Haynesworth, who was assessed a personal foul, and Jacobs threw punches and the NFL is expected to take disciplinary action.

"It just feels like we're all going in different directions," Haynesworth said. "We need someone to lead us in the right direction."

Allen last week said he would evaluate Zorn and his staff over the final three games before making any decisions about Zorn's future.

The last few days have been the most trying for Zorn in his brief and tumultuous tenure with the team. Secondary coach Jerry Gray recently interviewed for Zorn's job, people within the Redskins organization said. Gray has denied meeting with owner Daniel Snyder to discuss his boss's job.

"I'm trying not to even deal with that because it's right during the season," Zorn said of the reports about Gray's pursuit of the job. "I'm trying to stay really focused, I think I can do a pretty good job of taking a breath, breathing out and then moving on and that's what I choose to do in those situations. I owe it to our team, our players, our fans to keep concentrating on what's at hand."

New York quarterback Eli Manning was impressive in leading five touchdown drives of at least 50 yards. Manning completed 19 of 26 passes (73 percent) for 268 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Manning had an eye-opening quarterback rating of 144.4 and was removed from the game with about nine minutes to play.

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