Ladies and gentlemen, we've got ourselves a divisional race.
The Washington Redskins knocked off the New York Giants, 17-16, on Monday Night Football, and at 6-6, they now trail the 7-5 G-Men by just one game in the NFC East. To make things interesting, the Cowboys are also just a game back at 6-6.
To make things even more interesting, New York is now 1-1 against both Washington and Dallas, while the Redskins and the 'Boys still have one more matchup.
On to the actual game.
This was easily one of the more anticipated Monday night matchups of the year, and it didn't disappoint.
Ridiculous rookie Robert Griffin III threw for just 163 yards (106 of which went to Pierre Garcon) and a touchdown (which also went to Garcon), but he made several huge plays with his legs (five carries, 72 yards). Alfred Morris, despite an untimely fumble, was also terrific on the ground, with a 124-yard effort on 24 carries.
In the end, Griffin and the Butler were just too spectacular in the second half, and the New York D couldn't keep them off the field to give Eli Manning a shot at a comeback.
It wasn't a terrible performance by the Giants.
Eli Manning completed 20-of-33 throws for 280 yards and a score while Ahmad Bradshaw carried the ball 24 times for another 103 yards.
But once again, the Giants stalled on Washington's side of the field and settled for three field goals, which turned out to be the difference in this evenly-fought game.
The Redskins entered Monday night's contest looking to break this truly ridiculous streak (via ESPN Stats & Info):
The guys over at Grantland had a pretty good idea to increase the Robert Griffin III—who is changing football with his unbelievable play—in our lives:
Hey Redskins, can't you just let the Giants score as fast as possible so we can see more of RG3? Just blitz 8 every play. Thanks.— Grantland Live (@GrantlandLive) December 4, 2012
Fantasy players everywhere probably would have been alright with that.
Of course, just as we were all praising the dynamic rookie, he had to go and fumble away the ball after a long, jaw-dropping run. Naturally, the fumble went right to teammate Josh Morgan, who sprinted into the end zone for a bizarre score.
So, pretty much this (Adam Zagoria of zagsblog.com):
Even an RG3 fumble is must-see-TV...— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) December 4, 2012
Welp, Cam Newton's record didn't last long (via Numbers Never Lie):
Victor Cruz > Redskins secondary— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 4, 2012
Unfortunately for Tom Coughlin and the Giants, that wasn't enough.
Player of the Game: Robert Griffin III
Morris, Garcon and London Fletcher all deserve honorable mentions here, but I'm pretty sure someone would put a hit on me if I didn't list RGIII here.
The rookie was tremendous in every aspect of the game as he continued the revival of this franchise.
Not only was he once again incredibly efficient from a numbers perspective, but the former Baylor stud made several smart decisions within the option and once again ran the offense with precision.
Oh, and he made the best fumble in the history of the NFL.
As the division race heats up, the Giants host New Orleans next Sunday, while the Redskins stay home to take on the Baltimore Ravens.
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