Just minutes after the New York Giants won their second Super Bowl in five years last February, “experts” across the nations quickly latched onto the Giants wagon in belief that they were going to win the NFC East and so forth in 2012.
Shoot some were predicting a .500 record between the two squads-with the Redskins going 3-13 to the Giants’ 13-3.
While the Burgundy and Gold’s lone loss in the NFC East last year was at the hands of Big Blue, the nail-bitter still had some memorable moments nonetheless.
So without further ado, here is a recap of the 2012 season series between the NFC East foes (with only one division champion in the end.)
While the Cowboys rivalry is clearly at the top of the sheet in terms of passion, the Giants have been the franchise’s longest standing enemy. Dating back to the inaugural 1932 season the two teams have faced each other 162 times with their first encounter being a Boston Braves 14-6 win–the franchise’s first victory.
Despite the fact that the two teams first took the field together in Week 7 during the 2012 campaign, there was playoff seeding implications on the line—it is the NFC East after all.
After the defense muffled the Giants first drive of the game, Giants punter Sean Weatherford booted a ball deep into Redskins territory where it was downed on the five-yard line.
After an 18 play drive that included a Josh Morgan touchdown that was called back, kicker Kai Forbath put the Redskins on the board first with a 20-yard field goal.
From there, it became a back and forth contest.
Going into the 2012 season, wide receiver Santana Moss was moved to the slot with the additions of Morgan and Pierre Garcon. Moss quickly thrived in his new confines as he had 16 catches for 223 yards and two touchdowns through the first six games of the season.
No game, however, was more symbolic of Moss’ approval of the slot than against the Giants in Week 7. In the second quarter Moss showed the Giants just how quick he still is as he juked them en route to a 26-yard touchdown.
Then late in the fourth quarter Moss struck again, only this time it was a beautiful over the shoulder touchdown catch from Griffin III. While the horror of the Redskins giving up a 77-yard touchdown just two plays later highlights the game, it only fueled the fire in their second encounter.
In a Monday Night Football tilt in early December the two foes once again battled for positioning in the division.
While Garcon’s fourth quarter touchdown, Morris’ third down run to secure the 17-16 victory, and No. 10’s 46-yard run could all be the signature highlight of an incredible game in front of a national audience one play stands alone–Griffin III’s lateral-fumble for a touchdown to Morgan in the first quarter.
While the Redskins’ 17-16 victory moved them to within one game of the first place Giants, we all know where the two teams were after Week 17.
To relive the best moments of the series split, check out this gallery of the top-12 images from their games in 2012.
Hail to the Redskins!
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