LANDOVER, Md. -- The final play of the first half pretty much summed up the Redskins' season. Trailing 24-0, Washington attempted one of the most ill-conceived fake field goals of the modern era. Holder Hunter Smith was forced to throw the ball up for grabs and Giants cornerback Bruce Johnson had an easy interception.
Until Monday evening, the Redskins had been praised for not folding their collective tent. But this team was thoroughly dominated from the opening snap in a 45-12 Giants victory. The Giants looked a lot like the team that raced to a 5-0 start. Quarterback Eli Manning picked the Redskins' secondary apart, throwing for 268 yards and three touchdowns.
It was also a good sign that Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs combined to rush for 113 yards. Bradshaw had two touchdown runs, his first coming on third-and-goal from the Redskins' 3-yard line when the game was briefly in doubt. With the win, the Giants (8-6) remain one game behind the Cowboys (9-5) and two behind the Eagles (10-4). They need to win out and root for either the Redskins or Eagles to beat the Cowboys over the final two games of the season. If the Giants end up tied with the Cowboys in the standings, they would win the tiebreaker by virtue of their sweep.
Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks only finished with two catches, but one of them went for 45 yards to set up score in the first half. For whatever reason, the Redskins don't match up well with the Giants. And on this night, they didn't even belong on the same field.