Shortly before kickoff, the Redskins won the toss and elected to receive. They did not, however, elect to drive the ball first.
On the first play from scrimmage at the 18-yard line, quarterback Rex Grossman hit cornerback Corey Webster way down the field on a failed flea flicker. Because of the subsequent Giants’ field position, it essentially amounted to a punt. After the defense held the Giants to zero yards, Giants actually did punt the ball, giving the Redskins the ball around the 25-yard line.
In a round about sort of way, the Redskins gained seven yards on that sequence. I don’t recommend putting that in the playbook though.
From there, the Redskins marched 52 yards down the field and Graham Gano banged one through from 36 yards. After another suffocating defensive effort, the Redskins had an early shot at momentum, but gave it back with another deep pick.
I can appreciate the aggression and creativity in the play call, but the results certainly weren’t what the...