Drop hurts Redskins more than chain gang gaffe

4:23 PM, Dec 2, 2013   |    comments
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) shakes hands with Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams (71) after their game at FedEx Field. The Giants won 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - If Fred Davis holds on to the ball, the chain gang mistake helps the Washington Redskins.

Coach Mike Shanahan acknowledged Monday that the Redskins missed on a "a few opportunities" on their final drive in the 24-17 loss to the New York Giants.

An officiating mistake made the Redskins think they had a first-and-10 when it was actually and third-and-1. Thinking it was first down, quarterback Robert Griffin III threw downfield to tight end Davis, who dropped the pass at New York's 30.

The Redskins then converted the fourth-and-1 with a completion to Pierre Garcon, who then had the ball stripped for a turnover.

The loss left Washington at 3-9, eliminated from the playoff race.  The Redskins host Kansas City on Sunday.

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