"We really cat and moused 'em," said Giant quarterback Joe Pisarcik.
"I just fooled everybody," said running back Willie Spencer.
The New York Giants had just notched their fourth straight win over faltering Washington, 17-6, and Pisarcik was giving a animated clinic on the flea flicer that had broken the Redskins' backs.
Spencer was critiquing his diving fake the opened up Pisarcik's three-yard path to the end zone for the commanding 17-6 lead.
Linebacker Brian Kelley was talking about how the Giant's knew everything the Redskins were going to do, and safety Ernie Jones was calling his key fourth-quarter interception easy because "I looked at Theismann's face and knew just where he would throw."
"We seem to have their number," said Pisarcik. "It's like that with some teams - just like Dallas has our member. It's crazy."
"Why do we keep beating Washington?" asked Spencer. "To me it's just a habit.
"This is our biggest win - so far. Our biggest win will be in three weeks, when we play 'em again."
The Redskins were haunted yesterday, not just by the flea flicker pass that Kelley said "Is one of the Redskin's old plays," but also by two of their former players: Spencer and wide receiver James Thompson. Both were cut in last year's training camp.
Thompson, who still lives five minutes from Redskin Park in Herndon, was the receiver of the 46-yard flea flicker that put the Giants at the Washington four. They scored two plays later and led, 17-6. The stunned Redskins never recovered.
"The big thing was to let them bite on the action, and it worked perfectly," said Thompson. "We just put the play in this week. And I'm thankful for whatever schoolyard it came from.
"The main thing I try to do is leave the line loafing, trying to lure them to sleep. I looked back and I wondered where our quarterback was. I never saw him. All of a sudden the ball was coming.
"I really lit up when he called the play in the huddle. It worked every time we practiced it this week. And I wanted to do it against them. I felt like I should be in on that play.
'It took a lot out of them. When I caught that pass, they were really down."
Spencer's fake on the TD play was not the least but understated, and he thoroughly enjoyed its effectiveness. Pisarcik had to hurry to the right corner but, as he recalled, "No one touched me. Willie made a great fake."
"Every time we get close to the end zome like that, it's usually my play, to take the ball and dive over," said Spencer. "They expected me to run it, so we set it up, and I just fooled everybody.
"We just put that play in this week, too. We just had to use a lot of things in order to fool them."
"This was a special game for me, because I ust didn't think I got a fair deal from them. This was my best game of the regular season. I gave 150 percent."
"Going ahead 17-6 really put the pressure on them," said Pisarcik. "The reverse pass was the bige play of the ballgame. I've never thrown one in a game, not in the pros, or college, or high school or anywhere. I think we should run it a couple times next week."
While the Giants were surprising, the Redskins were anesthetizing. Kelly said the only play that surprised them was the one in which Ricky Thompson caught a pass in the flat and lateraled to Tony Green.
"To be very honest with you, we knew what they were going to do," said Kelley. "Their runs and their pass patterns are the same ones they've run all season.
"At first . . . the Redskins were different - a different coach, a different quarterback. Now we know their tendencies. I also think that at the beginning of the year, people took the Redskins lightly. Now everyone is gunning for them.
"I think their problem is Mike Thomas being out. (Thomas sat out the game with a slighly cracked bone in his foot.) He can run and catch passes and without him in there, there is just no Mike Thomas to gone-on-one with the linebackers.It helped our defense knowing he wasn't in there.
"Right now, this is a key victory, for us. We just love to play them. Really, it was a typical Redskins-Giants game."