As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and at the 10 worst.
No. 1 best play of 2016
Redskins at Giants Week 3
1:09 left in Q4, Giants ball at their own 39, 1st and 10, Redskins leading 29-27
Eli Manning pass short middle intended for Shane Vereen INTERCEPTED by Su’a Cravens at NYG 43. Cravens to NYG 41 for 2 yards (Vereen)
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Tandler: The Redskins got the lead on a Dustin Hopkins field goal with 1:55 left but a two-point lead with Eli Manning at QB and just a field goal needed for the win was highly precarious. It looked like the Giants were on their way after Manning converted a third and 14 with a pass to Victor Cruz. On the next play, Manning threw a pass towards Shane Vereen, who briefly appeared to have separation on Cravens. But the rookie lunged for the ball and made the diving interception to save the win. The win prevented an 0-3 start for the Redskins and sparked a four-game winning streak that got them into playoff contention.
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Finlay: The Redskins defense was largely abused against the Giants in Week 3, as the unit gave up more than 450 yards of total offense to Eli Manning and his crew. When the New York quarterback got the ball only needing a field goal to win and plenty of time on the clock, a Redskins fan would be lying if they said they expected Washington to get a needed stop. Combine that with the pressure of an 0-2 start, and Cravens diving interception was a monumentous play for the 'Skins. That game, and that play, launched the 'Skins on a four-game win streak and changed the course of their season. That locker room after the game was one of the most ebullient of the year, as the team knew disaster at 0-3 was averted. After the game Cravens talked me through the play, saying 'as soon as he threw it I knew I was grabbing it.'
10 best plays countdown
- No. 10—Some good fortune in Baltimore
- No. 9—Trickeration works in the Meadowlands
- No. 8—Kelly’s run the clincher in big win
- No. 7—Norman’s INT wraps up a win
- No. 6—Garçon shows his speed
- No. 5—Kerrigan saves the day
- No. 4—DeSean goes deep
- No. 3—Crowder all the way
- No. 2—Smith finally makes a big play
10 worst plays countdown
- No. 10—A symbolic conversion
- No. 9—Problems with D start in Week 1
- No. 8—Fumble in the desert
- No. 7—Eli goes deep
- No. 6—A gut punch in Arizona
- No. 5—Victims of a patented Stafford comeback
- No. 4—Hopkins wide left in London
- No. 3—Fumble costly for both Redskins and Jones
- No. 2—The red zone pick that haunted all year
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