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Redskins vs. Giants – Fourth Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on December 21, 2009 – 11:38 pm

And, of course, it gets worse.

Of course it does.

Like in Atlanta, a fight breaks out. Like in Atlanta, DeAngelo Hall is in the middle of it. Unlike in Atlanta, his teammates come over to help out. Unlike in Atlanta, punches are thrown — big, boxing-style haymakers, by guys on both sides of the skirmish. Like in Atlanta, only Albert Haynesworth is penalized.

And then, just because that wasn’t insult enough, the Giants drive down for a touchdown on the series — a series that was given new life by the penalty on Haynesworth. On the ensuing kickoff, the Giants players came out whooping it up, bouncing up and down and egging on the crowd. It was as blatant a display of … not disrepect, exactly, but flat-out disregard for the remaining Redskins fans.

Not that it mattered; the next drive ended on yet another Campbell interception, at which point David Carr came into the game for the Giants. It’s hard to imagine a much more damning indictment of your defensive performance than the entry of David Carr to the football game. (Well, no it isn’t: the worse indictment is David Carr entering the game and immediately throwing a long touchdown pass. Or a short touchdown pass. Or just looking good in general. And at least that one final indignity was avoided. Didn’t feel like many other indignity stones were left unturned.)

I’m sure the locker room will be a non-stop cavalcade of hilarity. Read more »

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Redskins vs. Giants – Third Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on December 21, 2009 – 11:00 pm

If there’s an image that sums up this disastrous evening better than this AP composition entitled Jason Campbell Writhing In Agony, I’d be curious to see it. (Feel free to submit suggestions in the comments.)

Anyhow, as has consistently happened this season when someone — in this case me — suggests that things have gotten as bad as they’re going to get, they get much, much worse. The Redskins take the opening drive down for a touchdown; the extra point is blocked. Then the defense gives up another touchdown to the Giants, and Jason Campbell makes his worst throw of the season for anoterh Giants TD just for good measure. Drive down for another touchdown just before the end of the quarter, the two point conversion fails.

It’s been that kind of night, and I refuse to ask how it can get worse. Read more »

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Redskins vs. Giants – Second Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on December 21, 2009 – 10:12 pm

Well, my actual second quarter thoughts, given the way the half ended, would go something like this: “Huh guh whaaaaaa?” (The picture of Santa Hog above symbolizes that reaction, and is also there because I can’t bear to look at a picture of the game action from that half.)

I mean, when you reach the point that calling some sort of incredibly elaborate fake field goal to end the half seems like a good idea, it probably means something’s gone wrong. And when that fake field goal winds up turning into an interception and near touchdown on the return, it DEFINITELY means something’s gone wrong.

In fact, let’s turn to our old friend statistics to see exactly how wrong things have gone:

SCORE: 24-0
YARDS: 232-78

In case you’re confused, the Redskins’ numbers are on the right.

There have been a lot of words thrown around for this game, words like embarrassment, disappointment, depressing, failure, and my old favorite, grim. Hard to argue with any of them. The fans started leaving at halftime, and I can’t blame them. Read more »

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Redskins vs. Giants – First Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on December 21, 2009 – 9:12 pm

After that first half, I’m perfectly willing to believe that Eli Manning is actually capable of levitating the ball with his mind as he appears to be doing in the AP Photo above. The Giants dominated that quarter in just about every way a quarter of football could be dominated, controlling the ball for just over thirteen-and-a-half minutes and running 25 plays to the Redskins’ 3.

Usually, this is the point where I’d assign some specific blame, but there’s almost too much to go around. In fact, it was almost like a Negative Greatest Hits version of the Redskins first half of the season:

  • Porous offensive line looking befuddled by the pass rush? Check.
  • LaRon Landry missing tackles even when in perfect position? Check.
  • Teams taking advantage of the Redskins defensive aggressiveness? Check.
  • Giants players catching the ball without a Redskins player anywhere in the vicinity? Yeppers.
  • Albert Haynesworth leaving the field with some sort of bizarre illness or injury? Check.

The good news — the ONLY good news — if things continue like this is that the clock will run quickly and the game will be over slowly. It will still FEEL like it’s taking years, of course, but it will end quickly.

Yeah, when your best hope seems to be praying for a swift and merciful ending to the game, that’s probably a bad sign.

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Follow Redskins-Giants Pregame On Twitter

Posted by Matt Terl on December 21, 2009 – 4:26 pm

Is it time for the weekly Twackle module? Yes, yes it is.

You know the drill by now: follow on Twitter — or on the Twackle module below — for updates from me (@redskinsblog), Gary Fitzgerald (@redskinsdotcom), and Larry Weisman (@LarryWeisman).

Offer your thoughts either with the gold colored respond button on the module, or in the comments section right here.

Still around is Redskins Gametime — virtually ALL the Redskins-related gameday content (including my stuff) in one handy interface. And we’ve still got the frenetic Redskins Powerboard going strong as well.

A few quick pregame notes: Read more »

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Monday, December 21: Get There Early

Posted by Matt Terl on December 21, 2009 – 11:21 am

Although the snow you see in the seating bowl above has been cleared, the Redskins are advising fans to arrive early for tonight’s game against the New York Giants because of the recent weather in the DC area. Parking lots will open at 4:30 and stadium gates at 6:30.

Also, fans who ordinarily park in the Gray or Copper lots will be directed to park in Green lots instead, as the Gray and Copper lots were not cleared of snow.

And finally, dress warmly; temperatures are supposed to drop fairly dramatically after the sun goes down.
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