At a Glance
The Washington Post
Monday, December 17, 2007; Pages E10-13
By the Numbers
.720: Winning percentage for Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs (60-23) in games played in December and January after last night's win.
10: Completed passes the Giants and Redskins combined for in the first half. By comparison, the teams combined for 11 punts in the half.
17:16: Minutes and seconds elapsed before Redskins backup quarterback Todd Collins completed his first pass of the game. The completion went to wide receiver Santana Moss and covered 36 yards.
Bursting Bubble
The Giants' practice bubble collapsed yesterday morning after strong winds blew down one set of revolving doors and let the air out. The bubble should be back in operation no later than Thursday, said Jim Minish, the executive vice president of facilities for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.
Mistaken Identity
If Redskins place kicker Shaun Suisham needed any extra motivation last night, the Giants' public relations staff may have provided it. The summary of the teams' last game in the notes referred to Suisham as "Scott."
Windy Start
Giants Stadium is known for its swirling, unpredictable winds, and last night was no exception. As Redskins place kicker Shaun Suisham set the ball on the tee for the opening kickoff, the ball blew away. After the ball blew off the tee again, reserve cornerback Leigh Torrence had to hold it in place for the kickoff.
Fashion Plate
Last night's chilly temperatures led several Redskins to break out the full complement of cold-weather accessories. Not surprisingly, cornerback Fred Smoot was the most fashion-forward, showcasing an ensemble that included a burgundy undershirt, burgundy gloves, burgundy leggings and burgundy cleats wrapped in burgundy tape.
NEXT UP: vs. Minnesota Vikings (7-6)
When: Dec. 23, 8:15 p.m. (NBC)
Where: Metrodome.
The Skinny: The Vikings have won four games in a row to move into control of the second wild-card berth in the NFC. Rookie RB Adrian Peterson has proved to be one of the most dangerous players in the league, and backup Chester Taylor can be a breakaway threat as well.
Not So Fast
After the Giants ran the ball on fourth and one during their second drive of the night, the scoreboard operator confidently flashed "FIRST DOWN" on the big screen. Alas, the officials were less enthusiastic; they called for a measurement that showed the Giants had been stopped short.
Team Spirit
Randy Thomas's season ended when he was put on injured reserve last week, but the Redskins guard hasn't stopped tiring himself out on game days. Thomas joined Washington's offensive linemen for their pregame drills yesterday; after barking advice and offering a series of encouraging pats, Thomas beckoned a ballboy to fetch him a water bottle.
Frost Warning
Redskins punter Derrick Frost was shaky on his first two attempts with a wet ball. His first punt went off the side of his foot and traveled 38 yards, and his second was a line drive that covered 41 yards, but about 15 yards came after the ball had landed and rolled on the slick turf. He also had a punt in the second quarter roll about 20 yards.
Helmet Issues
Redskins punt returner Antwaan Randle El was scrambling on the sideline to find his helmet just moments before a Giants punt early in the second quarter. Randle El finally tracked down his the missing equipment, grabbed it from an assistant, strapped it on quickly and fielded the punt for no gain.
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