- On the crucial first third down of the fourth quarter, the Redskins are forced to throw a short pass to Ladell Betts that gets eight of the required twelve yards. I suppose that would be my final karmic reward for gloating when the Saints did pretty much the same thing in the last quarter. At least, I hope that’s final.
- Everybody who was getting ready to annihilate Durant Brooks (or the decision to keep him) based on Frost’s performance in Green Bay just lost a little ammunition — Frost just fumbled in the end zone to give up a safety in Green Bay. Not quite the minus-ten points that Brooks is somewhat responsible for in this game, but nothing I would think anyone is really eager to hold up as an ideal, either.
- The Redskins scoring drive leading up to that Clinton Portis touchdown was terrific. After taking a sack on the first play, Campbell went five for five and looked pretty much like he has in his good days of practice, and Portis finished it off. That second Portis touchdown moves him to fourth all time in Redskins history with 36 rushing TDs, passing Larry Brown.
- One thing I heard a few times after last week was that if Marcus Washington had been able to make that tackle a split-second quicker on third down of the first Giants drive, the one where Jacobs got the first down by a foot, the Giants don’t score that first touchdown and the whole game is different. It’s a pointless observation, of course, since it didn’t happen — but it’s what occurred to me as the Redskins stopped the Saints on third down to get the ball back with the chance to take the lead.
- A chance that took them nine seconds — Jason Campbell is having a hell of a game today, and I’m pretty sure he made some sort of adjustment at the line on that touchdown pass to Moss. You don’t want to overstate these things, and I’m in NO way comparing the significance, but that long toss to Santana sure did bring up some memories of a couple of plays in one of the best wins of recent Redskins history, didn’t it?
- Chris Horton, the rookie safety, has three tackles, two interceptions, and a fumble recovery on the day. That’s some nice depth to have on the bench.
- Going for it on fourth and two minutes was a gutsy, great call, I think — a missed field goal puts the Saints too close in, your punter is having a catastrophically rough outing, and they need a touchdown either way — but it was made all the moreso by calling a pass. That slant to Moss was a thing of absolute beauty, and a great way to ice the game.