Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/22/12
During the 1980s, when the New York Giants played against the Washington Redskins, it was a battle for the ages.Week eleven of the 1985 season, Washington was at home against New York when Giants' linebacker Lawrence Taylor broke Redskins' quarterback Joe Theismann's leg while sacking him. Backup quarterback Jay Schroeder comes in and wins the game for Washington.The next season, 1986 NFC Championship, the Giants defeat Washington 17-0 at home and go on to beat Denver in Super Bowl XXI. It was the ONLY shutout of Redskins coach Joe Gibbs' career. Bill Parcells. Joe Gibbs. Phil Simms. The Hogs. All were staples of this epic rivalry back then.When the 90s came, this rivalry calmed down quite a bit, due in large part to the mediocre, cellar-dwelling play of the Redskins on a year-to-year basis. The 2000s were no different. In fact, the Redskins really have not played for much in the past twenty years.2012: A Rivalry Renewed. THIS was what an NFC East game is supposed to be like. A chess match between two stellar head coaches. A duel between elite-level quarterbacks. Powerful running, controversial penalties, turnovers, trash-talk. Man, this game had all of the above and then some.It was a tale of two halves. The Redskins and Giants were tied at 13 going into halftime. Then, in the  third quarter, the Redskins drove deep into New York's territory only to fumble. New York drove deep into Redskins territory only to throw an interception.Back and forth. Back and forth.The Giants intercept Griffin III, leading to a touchdown. The Redskins intercept Eli Manning, leading to a "self-recovered fumble" by RG3 and subsequently a field goal, making the score 20-16, Giants leading.The boxing equivalent of what the fourth quarter was like, would be two prizefighters throwing nothing but haymakers but only landing a slight, glancing shot.Washington had its "lazst shot". After three consecutive failed attempts at getting a first down, Griffin III threw everything he had at his opponent. Fourth down and ten.HOLY. FREAKING. COW. It's Washington versus Tampa Bay all over again! How fortunate are the Redskins, having such an extraordinary talent leading them?RG3 followed the above play with a 24 yard run. Then he finished off the drive with a 30 yard touchdown pass to receiver Santana Moss. This is one of the best passes I've seen a Redskins quarterback not named Griffin III throw in a long time. IMMEDIATELY afterwards, Giants quarterback Eli Manning showed Griffin III and the entire nation what a Super Bowl MVP quarterback does with his back against the wall.He throws the game winning touchdown. Rising star receiver Victor Cruz was on the other end of a 77 yard pass from Manning for the go-ahead score.With one last shot, Griffin III gave his all, but it was a fumble by Santana Moss that cost Washington the game.Giants win 27-23.
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