So what if they won the Super Bowl, that’s beyond the point. The Redskins have done something that the New England Patriots have not done: Beat the New York Giants when it counted.
Every Redskins fan savors those two games, and for good reason.
They looked good.
Yeah I know, Rex Grossman- right? It happened. It was September 11, 2011 and beyond the red, white, and blue, there was burgundy and gold everywhere that day. Grossman he looked like a credible quarterback: He completed 21 of 34 passes for 305 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions, and one fumble. Tim Hightower racked up 72 yards in rushing, and Fred Davis had 105 yards in receiving.
Fast forward to December 18th and you get a 23-10 score. This was entertaining, because Grossman finished that game 15 of 24 for 185 yards, while Eli Manning closed out 23 of 40 for 257 yards.
I often wonder if the Patriots lockeroom ever took a look at the footage, or if their pride was just too strong to take notes from the performance of the Redskins. The world will never know.
One thing we do know: that December game nearly put the Giants out of the playoffs at 7-7. It put them behind the Dallas Cowboys (8-6), and had the 5-9 Redskins looking like destroyers of dreams. That was the chaos of Week 15, not a blueprint of things to come. However, it still felt good. It felt even better watching the Patriots stumble through the Super Bowl (again by the way) trying to figure out how they could do the same.
This is not a situation where I’m looking at the cup half full. No, this is the chip that remains on the New York Giants’ shoulder even though they’re Super Bowl Champions. Every Giants fan will deny it, but they know it’s true- They hate the fact they lost those two games. They’ll get their shot to even the score this season during Weeks 7 and 13.