Not that TGI had any doubt about GM Ernie Accorsi's job security, but Wellington Mara made sure of that following New York's loss to Washington.
After the game, the Giants' owner made it clear that Big Blue's general manager is here to say.
"I agreed with everything Ernie (did)," Mara said. "If I do anything to Ernie I have to go out with him."
Mara was asked if that meant Accorsi would definitely be back.
"You can assume whatever you want," he replied. "I share Ernie's responsibility. Every move he made I was aware of and approved. If I fire him, I have to go with him."
Dazed and confused
WR Tim Carter had a particularly rough afternoon, dropping three catch-able passes, one of which was intercepted, and occasionally lining up in the wrong position.
Fassel guessed after the game that Carter, who has already suffered two concussions this season, might have gotten "dinged" again.
"He was dropping balls and misaligning," Fassel said.
"I can't talk about it," Carter said after the game. "But I had a hard time focusing."
New York also lost WR Ike Hilliard to a knee sprain. Hilliard has suffered from multiple ailments not only this season, but throughout his entire career.
The Giants continued their unbelievable undisciplined play. First, Ralph Brown was on the field when he shouldn't have been as the Redskins were attempting a second-quarter field goal. Brown said the coaches on the sideline were telling him to stay in the game, but his teammates, knowing they already had 11 players on the field, waved him off.
Not only were the Giants flagged for that, but Big Blue was also penalized because Brown foolishly crossed the line of scrimmage while darting to the sideline, drawing an offsides infraction.
Later in the second quarter, Johnnie Harris was penalized 15 yards for kicking an officials' flag that was on the ground. Harris was upset that the refs apparently tagged Frank Walker for a pass interference penalty. However, the PI call was actually on the Redskins receiver, Rod Gardner. Harris's foolishness handed the Redskins 15 yards. Instead of losing 10, they gained five.
"I made a mistake," Harris said. "I have to keep my composure. I lost it for a minute. I hate that I did that."
"We kicked the flag and that was a stupid, stupid foul," Fassel said.
Snow must go
Luckily for the Giants there was no repeat of the infamous 1995 snowball game. That's likely because there weren't enough people in the stands. That is, unless, you count the numerous snowmen that fans built throughout the stadium.
The NJSEA enlisted more than 500 people to clean up the stadium. About half the upper tier sections still had snow remaining, but most of the lower tier was clean. All told, at least 14 inches of snow fell on Giants Stadium, with the snow continuing to fall until late the night before the game.
Before and during the contest announcements were made warning fans not to throw objects onto the field.
TGI's own John Altavilla then cracked the joke of the day: "Anyone caught throwing snowballs will be forced to renew their season ticket subscriptions."
Skins stop series skid
The Redskins broke New York's three-game winning streak in the series. The Giants, who had won five of six against Washington, still lead the all-time series, 80-58-4. The Giants have played the Redskins more times (142) and won more often (80) than they have against any other team.
The Giants lucky enough to be able to sit this one out and still get paid for it were: RB Ron Dayne, LT Luke Petitgout (back), TE Jeremy Shockey (knee), TE Marcellus Rivers (knee), WR Willie Ponder, LB Quincy Monk and DE Frank Ferrara. Jason Garrett was the third QB.
Quotes of the game
"I don't care what our record is; I don't want to get beat." – Jim Fassel
"My house could burn down. We could be 0-13. It could always be worse." – Michael Strahan
* This is the Giants' longest losing streak since a seven-game skid from Oct. 2 to Nov. 13, 1994.
* The Giants lost their sixth consecutive game at home, where they are 1-6. It's their longest home losing streak since 1983, when they lost their final six homes games.
* The Giants are 32-18-1 overall and 19-6 in December under Jim Fassel.
* New York is 0-8 this season and 10-41-1 under Fassel when trailing at halftime.
* When Jesse Palmer hit Amani Toomer for a 16-yard completion on a fourth-and-10 in the fourth period, it was the first time this season the Giants successfully converted a fourth-down opportunity. They had failed on their first 10 fourth-down chances this season. Four plays later, Palmer threw an incompletion on another fourth-and-10.
* The Giants gained 220 total yards. In the last three weeks, they have had their three lowest yardage totals of the season: 212 at Tampa Bay, 222 vs. Buffalo and 220 against the Redskins.
* New York had 100 net passing yards, their lowest total since they had 100 on Sept. 30, 2001 in a 21-13 victory over New Orleans.
* Tiki Barber rushed for 99 yards and increased his career total to 5,285 yards. He needs 12 yards to move past Joe Morris and into second place on the team's career list. He also topped 1,000 yards for the third time in four years.
* Brian Mitchell had 41 yards on kickoff and punt returns, increasing his career yardage total to 23,028. He is the first player in NFL history to gain 23,000 yards.
* Kerry Collins is now 59-58 as a regular season starter in the NFL.
* Former Giants LB Jessie Armstead had two sacks for 16 yards in losses.
* Michael Strahan twice sacked Tim Hasselbeck, raising his season total to 14 and his career total to 109.5. It is the fourth time in his career that Strahan has had at least 14 sacks in a season. Strahan moved into a tie with Greg Townsend for 13th place on the NFL's career list. Sean Jones is 12th with 113 sacks.
Accorsi staying where he is
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