When your kicker misses in his first chance, it might be best to delay his second.
That’s exactly what the Redskins did, going for it on fourth-and-five near midfield. No guts, no glory, and the Santana Moss reception and conversion kept the drive alive. A tremendously athletic grab by Anthony Armstrong (pictured above) at the goal line, set up a two-yard touchdown run by Tim Hightower.
Hightower was your pregame selection (65 percent) for the top newcomer to the Burgundy and Gold, and he has lived up to the distinction. So far, he’s racked up 56 all-purpose yards, has a 4.2 yards-per-carry average, and his first touchdown as a Redskin.
Does anyone miss Vonnie Holliday?
Despite their reputation as a running game, the Giants are trying to tip this game with big plays through the air. The Redskins limited the two-headed monster to 23 yards in the first quarter and 63 in the first half, forcing Eli Manning and Company to look to the aerial assault. The Redskins pass defense has played well, but have benefited from a few timely drops.
Not turning my nose up at those, I’m just saying.
From a historical perspective, Chris Cooley’s second grab of the first half is one of the finest of his illustrious career. The grab tied him with Jerry Smith for first all time for a Redskins tight end. He moves into fifth all-time for the Redskins, and looked good moving around on his injured knee.
But if you were his friend, you would know not to doubt him.
The half wrapped up with a 6-yard pass to Armstrong for a touchdown, knotting the game up at 14. Graham Gano’s ensuing kickoff went through the far uprights.
It turns out he’s just more comfortable from 75 yards than 39.
All-in-all, a good first half of football in the Nation’s Capital.
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