Best Opportunity: The Redskins entered yesterday's game with supreme confidence after beating the 49ers, 52-17, last week and had a chance to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the division. Washington instead had its worst performance of the season and lost its first game of a difficult three-game stretch.

Worst Start: The Redskins generally have been stout against the run under Gregg Williams, but the Giants got a 57-yard run from Tiki Barber on the first play from scrimmage. Barber ran left and broke away from the pack before cornerback Shawn Springs pushed him out at the Redskins 16.

Best Stop: The Giants marched to the Redskins 6-yard line on their first possession, but Washington held them to a field goal. On first down, the Giants threw incomplete. On second, Barber lost one yard, and on third, the Redskins sacked Eli Manning for an 11-yard loss. Manning fumbled, but the Giants recovered and had to kick a field goal.

Worst Fumble: Trailing 19-0, the Redskins committed perhaps their biggest gaffe of the game when returner Ladell Betts fumbled on the opening kickoff of the second half. The Giants' Willie Ponder recovered at the 23-yard line, and New York took a 26-0 lead after Manning connected on a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jeremy Shockey.

Worst Sighting: When Patrick Ramsey enters the game, it's as close to a give-up as you can get. The Redskins brought in their former starter as the third quarter was winding down, and he completed a 28-yard pass to wide receiver James Thrash on his first throw.

Best Revenge: The Redskins let linebacker Antonio Pierce get away in free agency, and he made sure to leave his mark on his former team. Pierce led the Giants with 11 tackles and an interception.

Worst Defense: The vaunted Redskins defense entered the game ranked fourth in the league, but it hardly lived up to its reputation as one of the best run stopping outfits, yielding 206 yards rushing to Barber and 262 yards overall.

Best Kicker: The Giants got five field goals from Jay Feely, including a long of 50 yards in the first quarter. Feely just missed a sixth field goal when his 51-yard attempt in the second quarter hit the left upright.

-- Gene Wang

Ladell Betts has a difficult time keeping his head up after fumbling the second-half kickoff.