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
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.