It was supposed to be 17-7 Redskins at halftime. Washington had dominated the Giants through the first half of Sunday afternoon's contest, and Robert Griffin III, who started the day on the bench had just scored on an option play, but the officials had other ideas.
Griffin appeared to initially fumble the ball as he was diving into the end zone, then recovered the fumble in mid-air as he flew over the goal-line, but the officials decided that Griffin had fumbled it and turned it over to the Giants. Instead of 17-7, Skins, it was 10-7. The Redskins sideline erupted, and Santana Moss got ejected for yelling at the officials right before the half.
The unsportsmanlike conduct penalty certainly helped the Giants. The opening third quarter kick-off was spotted at midfield, and New York opted to go with the surprise onside kick, and recovered it. Yet, the ineptitude of the Giants offense couldn't even take full advantage of Washington's misfortune. The Giants went three and out on the drive and settled for the field goal to tie the game at 10.
Yet the precedent was sent. The Giants had the momentum and Washington didn't. While it was a game that wasn't going to blow anyone out of the water, and to fair it was painful game to watch, the Giants turned to their budding superstar, Odell Beckham Jr. to finish the Skins off.
The rookie receiver who now owns 972 yards in receiving this season was at it again. For the fifth time this year he had over 100 yards receiving in a game; it was also the seventh time he had more than 90 yards in a game this year. He even set a new personal best with three touchdown catches on the day.
Beckham broke the game open when he hauled in an Eli Manning pass at the 30 and dashed into the end zone, untouched for the go-ahead touchdown to make it 17-13, Big Blue. Later with the Skins on their heels, Manning found Beckham again in the corner of the end zone for another touchdown to push the lead to 24-13. Turn the lights out.
The Redskins who are immersed in way too much personal drama were not going to comeback on the Giants this day. For New York they completed a season sweep of the Redskins this year, and won their second in a row. While it wasn't pretty the Giants are playing for coach Tom Coughlin. Coughlin has stated he wants to coach the Giants in 2015, and for any of that to happen, winning out would do just that.