It was cold, it was windy, and it was Giants football.

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The Giants simply jammed the ball straight down Washington’s throat. Bradshaw and Jacobs combined to rush for 200 yards and all four Giants’ touchdowns. After the game, Jacobs said that’s exactly how you win football games in December.

“We talked all week, we knew it would be cold…We did say no dodging, run downhill.

“Running the football is how you win in December.” Jacobs continued, “If you don’t have that, unless you’re an indoor team, you’re in trouble.”

The ‘Skins run defense may be terrible. Wait, no, it is terrible. That’s pretty much a fact. But, in all seriousness, it’s worth pointing out that the Giants were missing three regulars along the offensive line, and the Redskins stacked eight in the box many times – it didn’t really matter. The Giants had no trouble executing their gameplan to near perfection.

Things started well immediately, as Jacobs shed two tacklers to surge down the left side for 39 yards. Moments later he showed some slick footwork on a cutback and ended up dancing in the end zone. Soon after Jacobs opened up the floodgates, his running-mate Bradshaw scored on a 4-yard run to give Big Blue a 14-0 lead. Later Bradshaw added a 10-yard burst to make it 21-0. Bradshaw’s second touchdown was set up by a fumble that Terrell Thomas returned to the Washington 35.

It surprisingly could have been much worse at the half. Eli underthrew a pass in the end zone on first down from the Redskins 4. Washington couldn’t do anything on offense anyway, so no biggie.

Jacobs scored for the second time on the day in the third, on a 28-yard run in which he high-stepped into the end zone to make it 28-0. It was already over.

On defense, the Giants completely shut down the ‘Skins’ offense. Other than a 33-yard pass to a wide-open Anthony Armstrong, the Redskins did nothing. McNabb threw two picks and was sacked four times, and the Redskins lost four of the six fumbles they coughed up.

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Interesting Facts:

This one really jumped out at me: Jacobs’ touchdown run on the Giants’ first possession was the Giants’ first opening-drive TD in 13 games.

Bradshaw finished the day with 25 carries for 97 yards, bringing his season rushing total to 1,013 yards.

Eli hasn’t been sacked in five games.

What’s Next?:

The Giants now focus their attention to Minnesota, winners of two straight and clingers to playoff hope.

The Giants have some history against Minnesota, including the “4th and 17” play from 1986 in the Metrodome. And there’s Eli’s troubles against Minnesota, that have been well documented, but they don’t have a whole lot to do with this week’s game. Eli is a good quarterback, and therefore has a short memory. He doesn’t remember those games.

Sunday at 1:00 PM.