USA Today – For a couple of days, the story of the New York Giants’ victory over the Washington Redskins has been the tremendous play Eli Manning and Victor Cruz made to split the Redskins’ secondary for a 77-yard game-winning touchdown. Until Wednesday, when Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall told D.C.-area reporters the Giants didn’t earn that play so much as Washington let them have it. “He made the play to beat us, but I don’t feel like he made that play. I feel we gave him that play,” Hall said. “We just had one guy set his feet and one guy not do this. I could have thrown that ball and he would have scored. “It wasn’t something where he was a rocket scientist and he figured something out. We just played that as bad as possible.”
Here we go again. Another player/team saying, “The Giants didnt win the game, we lost it/gave it to them.” The whole league is a bunch of haters. Last year the Giants walked into Lambeau field and laid it to the Packers who were 15-1 up to that point, then went to San Fran and laid it to “the biggest baddest defense in the NFL”, then went to Indianapolis and let New England know- for a second time, just how clutch Eli and the defense is. Then this year New York went back out to San Fran. This time San Fran was deeemed “the best team in the NFL overall. Offense and defense.” So all New York did was throw up 26 points and hold San Fran to 3. Eli has had comeback after comeback after comeback. But yet this weekend, there was still a team who felt New York was undeserving. Sorry D.Hall but you’re not sniffing a playoff berth this year, you haven’t in years, and you’re constantly “giving teams that type of play.” Your defense sucks and you’re best days are behind you. No need to make excuse, hombre. Excuses are for teenage girls. Admit that Cruz is faster, younger and smarter than you, leaving you hanging out to dry. Go thank God you have RGIII or else you’d be 0-7 and looking towards next years draft, or perhaps an early retirement.
And then there’s ballsy Eli just thanking DeAngelo for his generosity. Oh, you want to give me that? I’ll take it. Thanks.
“I appreciate him giving it to me. Thank you.” “I didn’t think it took a rocket scientist to figure it out either. I had a guy running open and I hit him.”
That’s about as big a shot as Manning has ever taken at another player. And here comes another one:
“If that’s the way they want to put it in their heads, then that’s fine. But the fact is that was the coverage they messed up,” Manning said. “That’s what you’ve got to do as an offense: You’ve got to take advantage of it. If a team wants to give up some plays or they don’t want to play well on a certain day, it’s our job to play better and make the plays and take advantage of that opportunity.”
Hit the salsa music, guys!