DeAngelo Hall of the Washington Redskins apparently does not want to give Eli Manning and Victor Cruz any credit for the 77-yard touchdown pass in the final two minutes that won Sunday's game for the New York Giants.
"I don't feel like he made that play. I feel we gave him that play," Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said, via the Washington Examiner. "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."
That sounds a whole lot like sour grapes, to be honest. Reality is, it doesn't take a rocket scientist -- or someone who played at the NFL level -- to figure out that the Redskins screwed up their coverage on that play. Even kids playing Pop Warner football know that in that situation you never, ever allow a receiver to get behind your deepest defender. Which, of course, is exactly what the Redskins did.
"I appreciate him giving it to me," Manning said. "Thank you."
Manning added, "I didn't think it took a rocket scientist to figure it out, either. We had a guy running open, and we hit him."
Hall's whining -- and the Redskins' blunder -- aside, the Giants do deserve some credit on the play. Manning and Cruz did make the right read, and Manning threw a great ball -- which he had to release before knowing for certain whether Cruz would go deep or break off the route.
"I knew he was going to run through. We've been running that play a long time, we've had great success on it, so I knew he was going to run through. It's one of those things where you have to hold it an extra second sometimes just to make sure he's doing exactly what you think, but he didn't give any indication he was doing something else," Manning said earlier this week. "It was full speed the whole way and I let it go and took a hit and heard the crowd cheering, so I figured that was a good sign."
Whether Hall wants to acknowledge it or not, the Giants do deserve credit. When the opposition, in this case the Redskins, makes a mistake you have to take advantage of it. The Giants did.