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DeAngelo Hall: Redskins Played Victor Cruz’s Reception ‘As Bad As Possible’

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – DeAngelo Hall said Wednesday that the Washington Redskins “played that [play] as bad as possible,” referring to the long touchdown pass that led the New York Giants to a 27-23 victory on Sunday.

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Eli Manning found Victor Cruz for a 77-yard completion with 1:13 remaining, allowing the Giants to reclaim the lead two plays and 19 seconds after the Redskins scored. Cornerback Josh Wilson and free safety Madieu Williams bracketed Cruz, who ran a go route down the right side and broke through the coverage as Williams was out of place.

“I don’t feel like [Manning] made that play,” Hall said. “I feel like we gave him that play. There was nothing he did – ‘Aw man, he saw this and saw that.’ We had one guy not set his feet and one guy not do this.

“I could have threw that ball and [Cruz] could have scored. It wasn’t something [like] he was a rocket scientist and he just figured something out. We just played that as bad as possible.”

Manning told a New York radio station on Tuesday that he recognized the Redskins’ coverage from the way they played the Giants’ two-minute drill at the end of the first half.

“For him to say that in the first half he picked up on it, and for him not to make a play until the last play of the game – you know, I don’t know how well he picked up on it, but he ultimately did because he made the play to beat us,” Hall said.

Manning responded to Hall’s comments on Wednesday, telling reporters in New York that he appreciated the Redskins giving him the touchdown on that play.

“I didn’t think it took a rocket scientist to figure it out, either,” Manning said, according to The Newark Star-Ledger. “We had a guy running open, and we hit him.

“If that’s the way they want to put it in their heads, then that is fine,” Manning added. “But the fact is, that was the coverage. If they messed up, that is what you’ve got to do as an offense,. You’ve got to take advantage of it. If a team wants to give up some plays, or they don’t want to play well on a certain day, it is our job to play better and make the plays and take advantage of that opportunity.”

Cruz said Hall’s comments were “definitely a little disrespectful” of the Giants’ ability.

“I don’t know why some people say the things that they say,” Cruz said. “I think it’s just them feeling that type of way because they lost and the way they lost.”

“DeAngelo is not that smart if they gave it to them,” defensive end Justin Tuck said. “I love how DeAngelo plays. He is an awesome player. But to give a person a game-winning touchdown … for all you guys out there listening, if you play us, if you feel like you want to give us something, I will take some sacks. I am sure Eli will take more 70-yard touchdown passes, [head coach Tom] Coughlin will take a couple more wins to separate himself from [head coach Bill] Parcells. There are all types of things.”

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