The season isn’t over for the Washington Redskins, despite their losing record.

The Redskins (5-9) throttled the New York Giants, 23-10, on Dec. 18 at MetLife Stadium, sweeping their NFC East rival for the first time since 1999 and recording their first win on the road against New York (7-7) for the first time since Week 15 of the 2007 season.

Washington jumped out to a 23-3 lead after intercepting Giants quarterback Eli Manning three times, a season high for the Washington defense. With a chance for the Giants to hold on to their lead in the division and hold off the Dallas Cowboys (8-6), Washington spoiled the party.

The Redskins took advantage of a pair of key drops by Giants receivers to mount consecutive scoring drives in the second quarter. With the Giants home crowd booing every miscue, Washington stole the momentum early and proved wrong a remark made by Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, who called New York’s 28-14 loss to Washington in the season opener a “fluke.”

Rex Grossman threw for 185 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, both in the first half. Washington will return to FedEx Field on Dec. 25 to host the Minnesota Vikings at 1:00 p.m.


Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO