Christmas may be two months away, but the season of gift giving has apparently already kicked off in the National Football League. According to DeAngelo Hall of the Washington Redskins, his team gave Eli Manning and the New York Giants a gift on Sunday that led to the Giants defeating the Redskins in the final minute of the game.
But he was quick to not give Manning too much credit. He said that it didn’t exactly take a rocket scientist to unwrap said gift.
Hall is talking about the play in which the Redskins’ secondary got beat by Victor Cruz for the game winning touchdown.
Hall told Washington reporters that “it wasn’t something where he was a rocket scientist and he figured something out.” Really, has there ever been a case that has required the skills and abilities of a rocket scientist to figure out a football play? None immediately come to mind.
But, being the stand up guy that Manning is, he instantly gave thanks for the gift that Hall and his Redskins apparently gave to him and the Giants.
“I appreciate him giving it to me,” Manning said. “Thank you. No, I didn’t think it took a rocket scientist to figure it out, either. We had a guy running open and you hit him.”
It seems as if his stint on Saturday Night Live has done wonders for Manning’s personality. He has really come out of his shell over the past couple of years.
The story goes further, however, as Hall is still trying to give as little credit as possible to Manning following the last minute loss. Manning says that he saw something in Washington’s defensive two minute drill toward the end of the first half and was able to exploit and capitalize on it during the final game winning drive. Hall says it is bunk.
“For him to say that in the first half he picked up on it and to not make a play until the last play of the game? I don’t know how well he picked up on it,” Hall told the Washington Examiner. “Ultimately, he did because he made the play to beat us, but I don’t feel like he made that play. I feel we gave him that play. 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.”
So, DeAngelo, did Manning pick up on it or not?
In the end, the final result is all that counts.
In this case, it was the Giants, 27, the Redskins, 23.