Halftime is the enemy of any team with momentum, because they risk cooling off in the locker room.
But the Redskins are sizzling like fajitas in the second half, with DeAngelo Hall picking off Eli Manning on the second play from scrimmage. The interception was a one-handed beauty, good for Hall’s third pick of the year and 35th of his career.
This is only the second time all season that the Redskins have had two interceptions in a game, and the first time since Week 6 against the Eagles.
With the play, both opening drives of the respective halves ended quickly in turnovers. The difference is that the Redskins capitalized with points, as Graham Gano booted it through from 43 yards out. Washington back on top by 17: 20-3.
There’s a surreal sense of disappointment in the stadium right now. When the Giants are on defense, there’s no emotion, even on third down plays. Giants players are walking on and off the field, seemingly in a daze. The only thing anyone has shown excitment to do for the last 30 minutes of football, is boo, as they did half-heartedly at the end of the quarter.
The Redskins have assumed control through the first 45 minutes, and can begin transitioning into a clock-control offense. Through three quarters, the Redskins have leaned on the ground game, with 30-of-51 offensive plays coming via the rush.
After being punished with two deep interceptions in the first quarter, the Redskins aerial attack has embraced a short and mid-range game of safe passes and check-downs. With each catch and run, the Redskins move the chains and roll the clock.
Special kudos to kicker Graham Gano, who battled through a mid-season slump to establish a new career high with 25 field goals on the season. Nice work Graham, and his 11 points today have been another day of steady production for the once maligned Scotsman.
Redskins on top going into the final frame: 20-3.