Giants vs. Redskins: Washington's Biggest Winners and Losers from Week 13
My, how times have changed.
If you were lucky enough to catch the entire broadcast for Monday night's game, you may have caught a funny stat at the end courtesy of Mike Tirico.
He announced that the last time the Washington Redskins won a home game on Monday Night Football, the quarterback was none other than Gus Frerotte.
In no way was it the prettiest game the Redskins have played, but the Redskins are now 3-1 in the NFC East and 6-6 overall. Things are looking good for the future, and Redskins fans are losing their minds right now over Robert Griffin III.
Since it wasn't pretty, there were some losers to go along with the winners. Here, I'll break it down to shine a light on the best and worst from the Redskins' 17-16 win over the hated New York Giants.
Winner: Robert Griffin III
RGIII in the winner's circle. Stop me if you've seen this before.
Inspiring the team with dazzling plays, Robert Griffin III did it again. The only big mistake that he made resulted in a Redskins touchdown when he fumbled it into the arms of Joshua Morgan.
He was accurate, clutch, evasive, everything that we have been used to seeing over the first 12 games.
The only real complaint is the amount of hits that he took. He's still learning to get out of bounds or slide earlier. The fact that he doesn't gets him only a couple of extra yards, but it's not worth it to lose a franchise quarterback to injury.
That aside, just another week at the office for RGIII.
Loser: First-Half Defense
The fact that the Redskins only gave up 13 points in the first half of play is nothing short of a miracle.
Repeatedly, the Giants converted third downs, running up the middle with very little difficulty and not getting an ounce of pressure on Eli Manning.
The good news out of it was the defense that the Redskins played when defending their own half of the field.
The Giants came away with an easy touchdown to Martellus Bennett, but other than that, just three field-goal attempts with two going through.
That was just the first half, though.
Winner: Second-Half Defense
Then there was a second half.
The third quarter made it look like it was going to be another struggle, as the Giants were able to get a couple of passes deep down the field but only came away from the second half with a single field goal.
Suddenly, in the fourth quarter, the Redskins defense played out of their minds.
Getting pressure on Manning finally started to happen, including a huge third-down sack on what became the Giants' final offensive play.
There were no takeaways by the Redskins defense, but they stepped up huge in the second half and were instrumental in sealing the win.
The rushing defense wasn't as good as it has been all season, but the pass defense really did step it up late.
Loser: Santana Moss
Lost in the shuffle of the passing game was Santana Moss.
He was open downfield on a broken play in the second half, but for Griffin to make that throw would have been superhuman (which I guess is what most people expect).
He didn't receive a single target Monday night, which is strange due to the fact that he was still seeing heavy traffic coming his way despite Pierre Garcon's return. You can be sure we'll get to him later.
It's not like Joshua Morgan or Leonard Hankerson produced a lot more than Moss, but without a target, it was clear that he was the loser in the receiving corps.
Winner: Pierre Garcon
It's hard to imagine the Redskins being able to win this game if Garcon was still out with his foot injury.
He was the only productive receiver of the evening for the Redskins, hauling in eight catches for 106 yards and a touchdown.
The rest of the receivers combined for three catches and 31 yards.
It wasn't an aerial attack for the Redskins, but Garcon proved that he was the man, and expect him to continue to be the primary target for RGIII for as long as he's in the Burgundy and Gold.
Loser: Some of the Season Ticket Holders
It was awesome to hear how loud the crowd was Monday night, but it still wasn't perfect.
The cheers of "Hail to the Redskins" were the loudest I have heard in years, and the "R-G-3" chants were even louder.
I was, however, disappointed to see so much blue in the crowd.
Monday night was the first time the Redskins have won a Monday Night Football game at home in their last 11 tries, and some of that has to do with how many visiting fans invade FedEx Field during these big prime-time games.
Let's hope that in the future, the crowd can be more than 70 percent "pro-Redskins."
To those that didn't sell their tickets to the knuckleheads in Eli Manning jerseys, you get a lot of credit for making a boat load of noise Monday night.
Winner: Alfred Morris
After Alfred Morris fumbled on what looked to be a go-ahead drive in the second half for the Redskins, it seemed like one of those "here we go again" moments.
Instead of getting down on himself, though, Morris rebounded and broke off some big runs, including the last run of the game to grab a first down that ended it.
He finished the night with 124 yards on 22 carries and only gave up one carry to Evan Royster.
It was vital that Morris had a huge night, and indeed he did. The passing game didn't get going the way the Redskins would have liked, and they leaned on Morris for a big chunk of plays throughout the game and just had that one disappointment.
If the Redskins would have lost the game, you can bet Morris would have moved to the "Losers" section, but with a big divisional win, he clinches a "Winners" spot.
Loser: Logan Paulsen
His catch and tough struggle for a first down on the first drive of the game was nice, but it came right after he dropped a pass that also would have gone for a first down.
He had as many pass interference calls as he did catches throughout the game.
I had written off Fred Davis after thinking the current tight end corps was good enough to carry the team at a much cheaper price, but I'm already starting to change my mind about that.
Paulsen is a valuable asset to the team, but he can't afford to have a lot of games like he had Monday night.
Winner: Playoff Chances
At 6-6, the Redskins now hold the tiebreaker over a lot of teams in the NFC.
Now just one game behind the Giants (and currently holding that tiebreaker as well), the Redskins can set their sights on the NFC East crown just the same as the Wild Card.
Only one spot back with four games left to play is a position that Redskins fans aren't used to, and it has been an absolute thrill to watch over the last three weeks.
Three up, three down. All NFC East opponents. Eat it up 'Skins fans, because it tastes sweet.
Loser: Fans That Like Watching Sunday Afternoon Games
With the Redskins now the "hot" team in the NFL, expect the schedule makers to pencil in the Redskins for multiple prime-time games next year.
It seemed that they were hesitant to do so this year due to the Redskins' recent failures on the national stage, but after going 2-0 against the Cowboys and Giants for everyone to see, that won't be the case anymore.
Thursday night, Sunday night, Monday night, those all seem like likely destinations for plenty of Redskins games in 2013. No longer will the team be buried in regional coverage at 1:00 p.m.
Korey Beckett is a Featured Columnist for the Washington Redskins and Bleacher Report's Fantasy Football coverage. Like him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/koreybeckettBR or follow on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/koreybeckettBR.