For the second time in less than a week, a prime-time TV appearance ended badly for the Redskins, with the team losing 24-17 to the New York Giants and being eliminated from the playoff race.
This one ended controversially, with an officiating gaffe that will no doubt bring scrutiny from the NFL’s director of officials this week. At 3-9, the team will begin its own process of scrutiny and player evaluation with an eye toward the 2014 season as it plays out the string of the final four games.
We’ll be back next week as the Redskins play the Kansas City Chiefs, who are coming off a loss to the Denver Broncos. Thanks for joining us. See you here then.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III won’t be going to the playoffs in his second season in the NFL. The Redskins were eliminated with their 24-17 loss to the New York Giants at FedEx Field.
“We were really jelling early on, putting points up, able to move the ball really well,” he said of the team’s hot first half. “Then in the second half we shot ourselves in the foot.”
As for the sequence with officials at the end of the game…
“All I know is we had the pass to Fred [Davis] we thought that was first down. The chains said first down. When we came back, we think it’s second-and-10 and they’re yelling out ‘it’s fourth down.’ No explanation, no measurement, didn’t stop the clock to allow the chains to move back and we just had to go ahead and call the play and go for it on fourth down. That’s all I know.”
As for the Redskins’ mindset in that moment:
“What we try to do is stay in the moment so if the refs are calling fourth down, we try to make sure that we’re treating that as a fourth-down play. This is it. This is the game right here. We’ve got to convert this to continue to go on, try to stay in that moment, then after the fact think about how everything transpired. I think we did a good job of that.”
The Redskins probably wouldn’t have gone deep downfield to Davis on the play, Griffin admitted, had they known the situation.
“Probably not. Coach Kyle called that play thinking it was first-and-10, get a nice shot down the middle of the field. He called it, we ran it and you can’t fault him for that. If the sticks say first down, you think it’s first down. That’s it. That’s all I know.”
The Redskins are 3-9 with four games left and there’s a bit of disbelief — or refusal to believe — in the quarterback.
“We’re sitting here — I think our record is 3-9 now — and I just think we’re too good to be a 10-loss football team. Other people will look at it and say that’s who we are or think that guys are going to quit, but like I told them after the game, I’ll go to war with any of them.”
There was a wee bit of good news. Griffin was none the worse for the spill he took on the slick rubber warning track behind the bench.
“Oh, my God. That was bad. We’ve got to get that changed or something over there. Just going off to the side, [I] slipped a little bit. Nasty fall. But you get up, you play football. It’s a physical sport even if you take on the side of the field as well.”
There’s a lot of it:
NBC’s Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth minced no words. “They couldn’t have screwed this up any more, the officiating crew,” Michaels said. And, he added, “[Pittsburgh Steelers Coach] Mike Tomlin isn’t the only one who’s going to get fired tomorrow.”
The Redskins lose to the New York Giants, 24-17, drop to 3-9 and are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
After Pierre Garcon catches a pass on fourth and one for a first down, cornerback Will Hill strips the ball, and the Giants take over at the Redskins 44 with 1:29 to play.
Robert Griffin III throws incomplete on third and 13, and Rueben Randle calls for a fair catch on the punt to set up New York at its 39.
The Redskins use a corner blitz to sack Eli Manning for a 12-yard loss. It’s third and 22.
Giants DE Justin Tuck sacks Robert Griffin III for a six-yard loss on third down. New York has the ball at its 43 with 12:16 left in regulation.
Mike Jones recaps it all in one tweet:
Andre Brown’s one-yard touchdown stands, and extra point gives Giants 21-17 lead.
Andre Brown’s second one-yard touchdown run puts the Giants ahead, 20-14, with 14:31 left in regulation pending the extra point. The play is under review to see if Brown was down before stretching the ball across the goal line.
Eli Manning completes a pass to Victor Cruz, who gets to the Redskins 1-yard line before being kept out of the end zone. First and goal for the Giants.
Kai Forbath’s 33-yard field goal accounts for the only points of the third quarter, and the Redskins lead the Giants, 17-14.
Giants DE Justin Tucker sacks Robert Griffin III for an eight-yard loss, forcing fourth and 17.
Brian Orakpo and Barry Cofield burst up the middle to sack Eli Manning for an eight-yard loss on third and eight. Washington takes over at its 45 following a punt.
After Brandon Meriweather’s interception, the Redskins settle for Kai Forbath’s 33-yard field goal with 4:25 left in the third quarter.
Pierre Garcon is flagged for delay of game after kicking the ball into the stands. Miscommunication there between Garcon and Robert Griffin III.
With a three-yard completion to Pierre Garcon earlier in this drive, Robert Griffin III surpassed 3,000 yards passing for the second-straight season, the fifth Redskins quarterback to throw for 3K in back-to-back years.
Redskins S Brandon Meriweather intercepts a pass that bounces off the hands of Rueben Randle and returns it to the Giants 12-yard line. Eli Manning was under a heavy rush from Brian Orakpo that forced an off-target throw.
We knew this game was supposed to be a snoozer but it actually hasn’t been THIS bad, has it?
Redskins WR Santana Moss is called for holding and unsportsmanlike conduct on the same play. That moves Washington back 15 yards and sets up third and 18 from the 40.
Robert Griffin III has 10 carries for 82 yards, including four runs that resulted in first downs. Washington is at the Giants 48-yard line.
Redskins LB Perry Riley dropped into coverage against Victor Cruz and made a nice play on a Eli Manning’s pass to force a punt.
Eli Manning and Co. start at their 25.
In a game with virtually no playoff implications for either side, the New York Giants and Washington Redskins are engaged in what has been an entertaining game. Both Robert Griffin III and Eli Manning have looked sharp. Griffin is 16-of-17 passing for 149 yards and a touchdown, and Manning has completed 10 of 12 for 101 yards and a touchdown. Alfred Morris, meantime, has 53 yards on seven carries, and the Redskins would do well to put the ball in his hands plenty in the second half.
Robert Griffin III runs out of bounds on the final play of the first half, and the teams go into the locker room tied at 14.
So maybe he’s not the solution to the Redskins’ return game woes, but Adam Gettis did his best on that short kick, fielding the kick and pulling a spin move — yes, a spin move from a right guard — to try to break free. He didn’t, but gets major points for the effort.
With that Giants touchdown…
Eli Manning’s 22-yard touchdown pass to TE Brandon Myers draws the Giants even with the Redskins, 14-14, with 35 seconds left until halftime.
Eli Manning’s 10-yard pass to Brandon Myers sets up first and 10 at the Washington 24 with 1:04 to play.
Alfred Morris has a one-yard touchdown run, and Robert Griffin III adds a 19-yard scoring pass to Logan Paulsen before Giants answer with a 23-yard touchdown run from Andre Brown to make the score 14-7 at the first-half two-minute warning.
Redskins RB Evan Royster is stopped for no gain on fourth and one. Washington will punt.
New York fails to get a first down during its fourth possession and will punt from its 31.
New York’s fourth possession comes after Robert Griffin III fails to run for first down.
RB Andre Brown scores on a 23-yard run to trim the deficit to 14-7 with 8:46 to play in the first half.
Robert Griffin III heads for the sideline, only to slip on the rubberized track and smack into the wall.
Go ahead and insert your own Gus Frerotte joke here.
You knew that Bob Costas was going to hear about that editorial in which he said the Redskins’ nickname is “racist.”
Robert Griffin III tosses 19-yard touchdown to Logan Paulsen with 11:45 left until halftime to give the Redskins a 14-0 lead.
The rest of the first-quarter stats are in that tab above (if you’re on laptop/desktop), but they aren’t pretty for New York. Minus-1 yard passing, 3:22 time of possession, etc.
Alfred Morris’s one-yard run provides the only points of the first 15 minutes. Washington will have third and seven from its 44 when play resumes.
More pressure on Eli Manning forces incomplete pass on third down and six.
Sarcasm abounds in the Twitterverse after Washington’s strong start to tonight’s game.
Sav Rocca drops a punt to the Giants 1-yard line, where the Redskins down the ball with 2:24 left in first quarter.
Defense pressures Eli Manning, forcing Giants to punt on fourth down and nine for their 21.
LB Brian Orakpo drops Eli Manning on the Giants’ first snap.
Actually, a lot of good came of that drive.
Even Skip Bayless was impressed.
Robert Griffin III completes all five of his throws, and the Redskins score on their opening drive for the first time this season.
RB Alfred Morris dives into end zone from the 1 to give Redskins 7-0 lead with 7:54 left in first quarter.
Washington uses nine plays to reach the red zone. Redskins remain only team not to have scored on opening drive this season.
Robert Griffin III runs on fourth down and one and gets hit backward, but he gets just enough to extend drive.
Joshua Morgan returns kickoff to Washington 27.
Because what else do you have to do with the remaining twenty minutes or so before kickoff?
Or at least he should be after what appears to have been a pretty vigorous warmup, seen here:
Not to beat a dead horse about the quality of this Sunday Night Football matchup or the plummeting ticket prices or the sparse crowd but…
These prices are INSANE!
Because it wouldn’t be Redskins pregame without a picture of Robert Griffin III.
No really, Evan Royster is the Redskins’ starting fullback tonight against the Giants. Darrel Young, Niles Paul, Jordan Reed all out tonight.
Here’s the list of Giants who won’t be suiting up for tonight’s game:
QB Ryan Nassib
CB Corey Webster
RB Brandon Jacobs
CB Trumaine McBride
G Stephen Goodin
TE Adrian Robinson
DE Jason Pierre-Paul
According to Adam Schefter, Redskins’ tight end Jordan Reed suffered a pregame headache and will therefore not play tonight against the Giants. Official inactives will be released any minute.
This Sunday night matchup is so riveting, this is one of the most exciting Redskins-related things to hit social media in the past hour or so.
It’s important that one not lose one’s sense of humor in tonight’s battle of 3- and 4-win teams.
No matter. The show must go on.
And…tickets are still available.
Somehow, the Redskins have found themselves as the game of the week on two different networks in the past week. Certainly the excitement at FedEx Field isn’t what those network executives thought it would be, but NBC is in Landover anyway.
So is Joe Theismann, who really shouldn’t be tweeting and driving, if he’s on his way like he says…
And Leonard Hankerson just wants to get things going:
A few other things about Eli Manning:
Welcome to The Washington Post’s live blog for tonight’s game between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants at FedEx Field. Whether you’re following along for live updates or joining the discussion, you’ve come to the right place for all your in-game coverage needs. Here’s some pre-kickoff reading to get you started: