- On second down, on the Giants opening drive, Eli Manning puts a ball literally up for grabs — and Shawn Springs and DeAngelo Hall are both so excited to intercept it that they collide, and the ball hits the ground. It winds up not mattering much, as the pass on the ensuing play bounces off of Derrick Ward’s hands, but it certainly does illustrate exactly the way things are going today.
- As does the Ryan Plackemeier punt that ends the following Redskins drive: Plackemeier, mired in a difficult day (to say the least), finally gets a decent kick off … and Todd Yoder is called for a facemask penalty, moving the Giants fifteen yards closer than they already would’ve been.
- It’s interesting looking over the crowd today. Because so many people are wearing ponchos and other raingear, and because not much of that raingear is officially licensed NFL apparel, there’s no overwhelming sense of burgundy and gold — or Giants blue, for that matter — in the stand. It looks like video of a game from the 1970s, when people wore whatever they wanted and the bleachers were just a riot of color. And, despite the frustrating day — Brandon Jacobs just scored another New York touchdown — the fans are sticking around, which is good to see.
- A long Jason Campbell pass, intended for Antwaan Randle El, is intercepted by the Giants, and it’s beginning to feel like the Redskins just can’t get anything together today.
- The quarter ends with the Giants being stuffed on third down, and — if the official measurement holds and the team elects to punt — it feels like that opening possession of the fourth quarter is going to be an absolute must-score for the Redskins to even stay in this game at all.