Washington, we have a problem. (Bill Kostroun / AP)

And now, today’s debate about rocket science and the application thereof to professional football.

It began innocently enough when DeAngelo Hall critically panned the Washington Redskins’ coverage on the game-winning 77-yard touchdown missile that Eli Manning launched to Victor Cruz on Sunday.

“I don’t feel like he made that play. I feel we gave him that play. We just had one guy set his feet, and one guy not do this,” Hall said (via Rich Campbell of the Washington Times). “I could have thrown that ball, and he would have scored. It wasn’t something where [Manning] was a rocket scientist, and he figured something out. We just played that as bad as possible.”

That simple assessment of the play (which was broken down, Zapruder-like, by Dan Steinberg) was brought to the attention of Manning; Cruz said he thought it was “a little disrespectful” (via Art Stapleton of the Star-Ledger). “I appreciate him giving it to me. Thank you,” Manning said (via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News). “I don’t think it took a rocket scientist, either. A guy was running open and I hit him.”


And then, just when you thought it was over, Justin Tuck sent up a flare (via Vacchiano): “DeAngelo Hall is not that smart.”

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Frame-by-frame: Manning-to-Cruz missile