New York Giants Destroy Washington Redskins: Game Balls and Game Notes

Richard ReschCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2009

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 21:  Punter Hunter Smith #3 of the Washington Redskins throws an interception on a fake field goal in the second quarter as he is hit by Mathias Kiwanuka #94 of the New York Giants at FedEx Field on December 21, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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This was an ugly game but it was just what the Giants needed. After some close, tense games a laugher like this was very welcome.

I feel like I should start with the ridiculous fake field goal, but I don't know what I can say that hasn't already been said. 

If you haven't seen the play, simply type "Worst Play Ever Redskins" into Google.  I'm sure you'll find the play.  Or just go here :

I think my favorite thing about the play is that, even after they showed the Giants the formation and the Giants called time out, they did it again.  And then Hunter the punter, who is about to get destroyed by three Giants, hurls the ball towards the only receiver that decided to run towards the end zone. 

Unfortunately, that one receiver was being quadruple covered.  The only thing that could have made the play better would be if Bruce Johnson, who ended up with the gift interception, was able to return it for a touchdown. 

Still, it's a play we'll be seeing forever, as long as there are blooper reels (right next to Leon Lett).

Hakeem Nicks showed off his great after the catch skills on a nice 45 yard catch and run.  He had two catches for 66 yards before leaving with a hamstring injury.  I felt like Nicks was on his way to a rookie of the week-type performance, an award for which he was nominated last week but lost out to Redskins DE Brian Orakpo.

I keep getting excited about how good this receiving corps is going to be.  Call me crazy, but I think the potential is there for this to develop into one of the top receiving groups in the league. 

Steve Smith is already having a Pro Bowl-type season, Mario Manningham has shown flashes of brilliance in what has been a very good first full season and Hakeem Nicks is just dripping with talent.  They are each different types of receivers and they complement each other well. 

It doesn't hurt that they are all under 25.

Throw in 25-year-old tight end Kevin Boss and 25-year-old fourth receiver Domenik Hixon, and you have a very deep group of receivers. 

And then there's WR Ramses Barden and TE Travis Beckum (six receptions, 39 yards this year)—a couple of third round draft picks that could also factor into this team's passing game in the future. 

All in all, the only thing that will stop this team from having a great passing offense going forward is conservative play calling.

Steve Smith had five receptions, and is now only 10 away from becoming the first receiver in Giants' history to catch 100 passes. 

Smith is having a great season, but it's kind of amazing that a team that has been around for so long has never had a player catch 100 passes.  I guess this is just another example of how the Giants, and the NFL in general, are becoming more of a pass-first team.

Welcome back defense. 

Who knows if you are here to stay, but for one night at least, it was great to have you back.  I actually felt bad for Jason Campbell for most of this game, especially since we need him healthy for his big game against the Cowboys on Sunday Night.

Is it just me, or does David Carr look really awkward when he throws?

The game ball goes to the entire defense.  As lame as that is, it's just impossible to pick one guy. 

Osi Umenyiora, Barry Cofield, Jonathan Goff, Justin Tuck and Fred Robbins all had sacks.  Chase Blackburn, Bruce Johnson and Terrell Thomas all had interceptions (Thomas returned his for an easy TD). 

There were six tackles for negative yards and 12 QB hits.  It was a great overall performance—the kind we've been waiting for from this defense all season long.

Offensive game ball goes to Eli Manning, who has raised his play considerably since the Thanksgiving debacle. He went 19 for 26 with 268 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. 

Over the last two games, He has completed 72 percent of his passes, thrown six touchdowns and no interceptions.  For the year, he has a career-high 26 touchdowns, a completion percentage of 61.2 and a QB rating of 96.