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Trying to smack-talk a division rival to whom you just lost is probably the ultimate example of fighting a battle after losing a war. But that didn't stop DeAngelo Hall.
The Redskins suffer their most bitter defeat of the season at the hands of the New York Giants. Here are our five takeaways from Sunday's disappointing loss.
Mike Shanahan's group suffered a tough loss against the New York Giants.
The Washington Redskins have apparently been hiding the full extent of an injury to Pierre Garcon, as the wide receiver reportedly has a torn tendon in his foot, as reported by Mike Garofalo of USA Today.
Garcon has been listed by the team as having an inflamed capsule in his foot, but a source told Garofalo that he also has a torn tendon, a more severe injury. It's speculated he'll miss the next two games and will not play until after the team's Week 10 bye. It's not clear why the team chose to hide the full nature of Garcon's injury, if the report is true.
Garcon was a high-profile signing in the offseason for Washington, signing a five-year deal worth $42.5 million. He showed why in the team's season opener, bringing in four catches for 109 yards and a touchdown, but has only been able to play in two games since. The 26-year-old would bolster the receiving corps available to Robert Griffin III if healthy, but it seems that's still at least a few weeks away.
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Griffin had thrown a touchdown pass to Santana Moss with 1:32 remaining in the game to give the Redskins a 23-20 lead. Eli Manning would throw the game-winning 77 yard touchdown to Victor Cruz just 19 seconds later. Griffin said about the swing of points and emotion:
You feel like your defense is going to go out and shut them down and then something like that happens and you just have to move on. We went back out on the field. We still had a chance to go win the game and we didn't do that. Right now it's kind of hard to know what to think but you have to keep pushing forward and move on to next week.
Griffin said after his touchdown pass he told the defense, "let's end the game in regulation." After that didn't happen, Griffin said about his defense:
It didn't happen. It's not their fault. It's not anybody's fault, but once they scored I was ready to go back out there and lead another touchdown drive for us to win the game. That's just the kind of mindset you have to have. You can't be shocked or awed by anything that happens on the field. It's football and the ball can bounce different ways on every single play.
Griffin said of Manning's performance and of his chances to be in position to win a game for his team:
He did a good job leading his team here today. Hopefully, I will have many more chances to do that for my team. When the game is on the line you want the ball in your hands and you believe that you can do it. There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that we would go win that game.
Griffin finished the game with 258 yards passing, two touchdowns and one interception. He also had 89 rushing yards. On top of his interception, the usually sure-handed Griffin fumbled twice during the game, losing one of the fumbles.
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"Let me tell you something, man. My guys are flat-out unbelievable. I'm not even going to lie. That's the best quarterback we've played this year, for sure," said Giants' defensive end Osi Umenyiora. "It's just unfortunate that he's a rookie, because he's going to be around here forever, doing stuff like that. That's just crazy."
Griffin completed 20-of-28 passes for 258 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He ran for 89 yards on nine carries.
"He (Griffin) was particular tough considering they came out and they threw a lot of different looks at us that we hadn't seen on film, we hadn't seen in previous weeks," said Giants' linebacker Michael Boley.
The Giants are now 5-2 and lead the NFC East. The Redskins are 3-4, but Umenyiora and the Giants came out of the game knowing that Washington is a team to contend with.
"Everybody is going to have difficulty with the Redskins. Everybody is going to have difficulty with them, especially now. We were able to win this game, which is the most important thing," Umenyiora said. "We won a game in our division, which is something that we came into this game focused on. We were able to accomplish that."
Umenyiora, who has gone from calling Griffin 'Bob' to 'Sir,' said creating turnovers (the Giants forced four) is the only way to slow the Washington offense.
"That's the only way. A top offense they're running. No one is going to stop them, completely. It's just going to be impossible. So, you just have to count on them making some mistakes. Eventually, they will," Umenyiora said.
Giants' defensive end Justin Tuck agreed with Umenyiora.
"I'm pretty mad at the football gods for putting him in the NFC East. To face that guy twice a year is going to be a headache. But, you know, the one thing about it is, a quarterback like that, he is different from the Eli's and those guys, because he presents such a hard, it's just hard to game plan that guy," Tuck said. "He takes away from your enthusiasm for the game a little bit, when you play a play perfectly and he still has 4.3 speed to run by guys and make plays.
"A guy like him, I don't think there is anybody in the league just like him. If I was going to run that offense and they asked me to pick between Vick, Cam Newton, the RGIII, I'm probably taking that guy."
So, the Giants earned a victory. But, they also learned they have a new competitor for NFC East supremacy.
This story originally appeared at Big Blue View.
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan confirmed, after the team's 27-23 loss to the New York Giants, that the achilles tendon injury suffered by tight end Fred Davis was in fact a tear and would end his season.
Davis was injured on the Redskins' first drive of game. With Washington inside the red zone, Davis ran a route into the end zone, but went down and had to be helped off the field, putting no pressure on the leg. Later, Davis had to be taken from the sideline to the locker room on a cart and did not return to the game.
The fifth-year tight end out of USC had one catch for 13 yards before leaving with the injury. Davis' 2012 season ends with 23 receptions for 312 yards and no touchdowns.
After losing their first NFC East game of the year to the Giants and falling to 3-4 on the year, the Redskins will face the Pittsburgh Steelers next week. That game is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 28 at Heinz Field.
This story originally appeared on SBNation.com.
Victor Cruz caught a 77-yard touchdown pass from Manning to take a 27-23 lead, on just the second play after falling behind in the final two minutes.
It looked like Robert Griffin III had led a game-winning drive when he hit Santana Moss over the shoulder in the end zone for a 30-yard touchdown to put the Redskins ahead, 23-20 with 1:32 left in the game.
The drive had been kept alive on a 4th-and-10 play where Griffin III scrambled to keep the play alive and and converted with a pass to Logan Paulsen.
Griffin III and Moss had linked up for the only other passing touchdown of the game in the second quarter on a screen pass that Moss took 26 yards untouched for a second-quarter score.
In the first NFC East game of his career, Griffin III was 20-for-28 passing for 258 yards as well as nine carries for 89 yard. Alfred Morris lead the Washington rushing attack with 22 yards on 120 carries, doing most of his damage in the first half.
Manning completed 26 of his 46 passing attempts for 338 yards and the one touchdown. Cruz led the Giants in receiving with 131 yards on seven catches.
The Giants, now 5-2 on the season, remain atop the NFC East while the Redskins fall to 3-4.
Fantasy studs/duds: Both quarterback helped out their fantasy owners. Robert Griffin III went for more than 300 total yards as well as two touchdowns, but did have three turnovers, while Eli Manning threw for 338 yards and a touchdown. Santana Moss' two touchdowns and Victor Cruz's 131 yards plus a touchdown made the receivers strong fantasy players this week. Despite getting a touchdown each, owners of either new York running back, Andre Brown or Ahmad Bradshaw will be disappointed with their low yardage totals. For more fantasy information from around the league, be sure to visit SB Nation's fantasy homepage.
Injury info: The Redskins continued to be hampered by injuries as they lost both linebacker London Fletcher and tight end Fred Davis in Sunday's game. Fletcher came out in the fourth quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return, but the injury to Davis is perhaps even more severe. Davis was carted from the sideline to the locker room in the first half with an achilles tendon injury that reportedly will end his season.
Next team on the schedule: The Giants go on the road to face the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday, Oct. 28, at 4:25 p.m. ET. Next up for Washington is a trip to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. ET.
This story originally appeared on SBNation.com.
One of the NFL's iron men is banged up with a hamstring injury.
The Washington Redskins and New York Giants are tied, 13-13, after a scoreless third quarter at MetLife Stadium. The Giants, however, have the ball and are driving inside the red zone to begin the fourth quarter.
Robert Griffin III threw an interception in the final minutes of the third quarter to set up the Giants inside Redskins' territory. It was just the third time that Griffin III has been intercepted in his rookie season. It was the second consecutive Washington drive to end with a turnover. Earlier in the quarter, Alfred Morris fumbled for the first Redskins' turnover of the game.
Griffin III is 10-for-15 passing through three quarters, throwing for 140 yards and a touchdown in addition to the interception. Morris has carried 18 times for 104 yards.
The Giants scored on an Andre Brown touchdown and a pair of field goals by Lawrence Tynes in the second quarter.
The game is a matchup of two of the top teams in the NFC East, with the 4-2 Giants sitting atop the division and the Redskins tied for second with the Philadelphia Eagles at 3-3.
Fred Davis tore his Achilles tendon on Sunday and will reportedly be out for the year.
Washington led, 3-0, after one quarter, before an outburst of offense in the second quarter. New York opened the second quarter with a 1-yard touchdown by Andre Brown.
The Redskins retook the lead on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Robert Griffin III to Santana Moss with 8:45 left in the quarter. Griffin III threw a short screen pass to Moss who cut upfield and went into the end zone untouched.
Moss celebrated by getting up close and personal with FOX's camera.
Lawrence Tynes tied the game at 10 with a 27-yard field goal with 3:53 left in the half. The Giants had to settle for the field goal after Manning threw behind Victor Cruz on a third-down pass that would have been a touchdown.
Forbath snuck a 43-yard field goal inside the left goalpost with 1:49 left in the half to put the Redskins back ahead.
The Giants drove down in the final two minutes of the half, allowing Tynes to kick a 39-yard field goal in the final seconds of the half to tie the score at 13 going into halftime.
In the first NFC East game of his career, Griffin III is 5-for-8 passing for 85 yards as well as three carries for 42 yards. Alfred Morris leads the Washington rushing game with 94 yards on 13 carries in the first half.
Manning was 17-for-26 passing for 186 yards.
The game is a showdown of two of the teams in the NFC East, with the 4-2 Giants sitting atop the division and the Redskins tied for second with the Philadelphia Eagles at 3-3.
The Redskins will receive the ball to begin the second half.
Fred Davis got hurt in the first quarter and was helped off the field.
A 20-yard field goal by Kai Forbath with 2:13 left in the quarter put the visitors ahead in their first divisional game of the season. The field goal finished off a 17-play, 93-yard drive that ate up more than nine minutes of the first quarter.
Despite having to settle for a field goal from inside the 5-yard line, it was the first time this season that the Redskins have scored on their opening drive.
Tight end Fred Davis was helped off the field after going down on a route in the end zone. He later had to be carted to the locker room with what is being reported as an achilles injury.
In his first division game, Robert Griffin III is 3-for-5 passing for 36 yards as well as one carry for 6 yards. Alfred Morris leads the Washington rushing game with 46 yards on 10 carries in the first quarter.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning completed all six of his first-quarter passes for 67 yards.
The Giants have the ball to begin the second quarter.
The inactive lists for both the New York Giants and Washington Redskins are out, and as expected, Giants starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw will play in the NFC East showdown at MetLife Stadium (1 p.m. ET on FOX) while the Redskins will be without wide receiver Pierre Garcon.
All week, Bradshaw had been battling a foot injury that forced him to be limited in practice Thursday and miss Friday. However, it seems the Giants' leading rusher was held out so he could play against the division rival today.
Bradshaw will be looking to put together his third straight 100-yard performance. Two weeks ago, the 5'10, 214-pound tailback ran for 200 yards on 30 carries in a 41-27 victory against the Cleveland Browns. Last week, Bradshaw rushed for 116 yards on 27 attempts in a 26-3 victory at the San Francisco 49ers.
Meanwhile, Garcon will miss his second straight game because of a foot injury. Last week, without Garcon, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III connected with veteran wide receiver Santana Moss a team-high four times in a 38-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
The rest of the Giants' inactive list looks like this: safety Kenny Phillips, linebacker Jacquian Williams, defensive tackle Rocky Bernard, wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan, defensive end Adewale Ojomo, tackle James Brewer and tight end Adrien Robinson.
The Redskins will face their first NFC East opponent of 2012 when they face the Giants on Sunday.
Ok, can definitely confirm that sav rocca is ok and will punt Sunday, team source says. #redskins— John Keim (@john_keim) October 20, 2012
The 38 year-old punter had been having problems with his right knee, prompting the Redskins to bring in three free-agent punters, including former Philadelphia Eagles punter Chas Henry on Friday. The team did not make any signings, so Rocca will be their only punter on the roster Sunday.
Rocca has been averaging 44.6 yards per punt this season, but only has a net average of 37.3 yards per punt. The punter has downed nine balls inside the 20-yard line through six games. Rocca also serves as the team's holder on field goals and extra points, and is expected to fulfill that role as well.
The Washington Redskins have several injury concerns for Sunday's game against the New York Giants, including wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who is listed as doubtful
Sav Rocca is the only punter in the NFL to have had two punts blocked this season.
The Redskins had six players limited for Thursday's practice, while three players were unable to take part.
Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon is likely out against the Giants this Sunday
The Washington Redskins play the New York Giants on Sunday. Hogs Haven writer Kevin Ewoldt speaks with Big Blue View writer Ed Valentine about this weeks game and the effect that Robert Griffin III has had on the Redskins' fanbase.
The Giants are favored by 5.5 points over the Redskins at home.
Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon sat out of Wednesday's practice due to the foot injury that has bothered him all season.
The Washington Redskins will seek to beat the defending champions on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.