2 weeks ago Graham Gano missed 2 easy field goals which could have won the Redskins a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then last week, Gano is voted the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his participation in the overtime win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Yesterday, Graham Gano missed a 30 yard field goal which would have put the Washington Redskins and New York Giants both at 17.
The Giants scored first with a FG with much thanks to Kevin Barnes of the Redskins. The Redskins then had a chance to put 3 on the board, but Graham Gano missed. He missed 11 in a single season! The Redskins’ Phillip Buchanon then got a hand on a Manning pass and intercepted, but the Giants’ D then forced a fumble on Rex Grossman and got the ball right back. The Giants scored again with a TD to increase the lead 10-0. Bring on Rex Grossman and the Redskins and multiple 1st down passes down field to Chris Cooley then Fred Davis to bring the Redskins to 1st and goal. Another pass to TE Fred Davis in the end zone for a touchdown. 10-7 Giants. This ends the first half.
The Giants score again in the 3rd quarter with a wide open Manningham for 92 yards. 17-7 Giants. The Giants D is batting down passes, then Redskins are not converting 3rd downs, then Grossman throws an interception. However, the Redskins D, bandaged and broken, keep the Giants out of the end zone and their attempt at a 39 yard FG is no good.
The Redskins get multiple penalties and brings them to 1st and 25 but after 3 consecutive receptions by Grossman to Santana Moss gets them the first down and a 3rd down conversion. However, just as the 4th quarter starts, Rex Grossman is stripped again and the Giants recover. The Redskins D keeps the Giants to 3 and out and the Offense then brings the team down to the red zone again, but Santana Moss, with the exceptional game he’s having so far, fumbles the ball and the Giants recover. The Redskins’ D keep the Giants to another 3 and out, then another.
With just over 5 minutes left in the game, Rex Grossman finds Anthony Armstrong for a 64 yard TD pass. 17-14. The Redskins do get the ball back with a minute remaining, but at 4th and 4, they cannot convert and are no where near FG range.
The Redskins lost to the Giants 17-14 and even with the win, the Giants miss the playoffs because the Green Bay Packers lost to the Chicago Bears (who already had home field). This also took out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as they required both a loss to the Giants and the Packers. The Skins and Cowboys end their seasons at 6-10 a piece. The Giants are out at 10-6 so are the Bucs. But in comes the NFC West and the Seattle Seahawks are in the playoffs with a losing record at 7-9. They are only a single win difference between the Redskins (and Cowboys), yet they are in the playoffs and face the 11-5 super bowl champs New Orleans Saints. This is absurd but it’s the rules. Give them their divisional title yes, but playoffs? No way. Either the Giants or Bucs that have to miss the playoffs with a WINNING 10-6 record would have made for better football and given the Saints a better challenge. Having a 7-9 team play the Saints basically gives that team a bye into the 2nd round.
The Redskins get the 10th overall pick in next year’s draft, so let’s just hope there is a season next year! We need a QB!
About the Author
Written by Mercedes Green
I lived in Greene County Virginia for about 5 years of my childhood. This span of time was enough to imprint the love of the Washington Redskins (and hate of the Dallas Cowboys) into my life forever, even though I am Canadian and still live in Canada. I am in no way an expert on sports, football, or even the Redskins, but I do absolutely adore them, their fans and their home state(s). My favourite Redskin is and will always be Darrell Green (not because we share the same last name lol). I've adored Chris Cooley since he joined the team from the 2004 draft and love London Fletcher. Hail to the Redskins! See you October 30th in my home town of Toronto.