EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ--In summary: Any discussion of Sunday’s heartbreaking 27-23 loss to the Giants must begin with the fact that the Redskins lost so much more than a game at MetLife Stadium.
Tight end Fred Davis – the team’s leading receiver in the absence of No. 1 wide receiver Pierre Garçon – is done for the season after suffering a torn left Achilles’ tendon.
Davis was running a route in the first quarter when he crumpled to the turf, his lower leg throbbing.
“I had a lot of stuff I wanted to do this year, and I was doing it,” said Davis, who entered the game with 23 catches for 312 yards. “Yardage after catch, making plays, blocking."
Davis said he is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday, but Shanahan already has resigned himself to not having one of his offense's most dangerous weapons for the remainder of 2012. The 26-year-old walked out of the visitors’ locker room sporting an immobilizer boot and walking slowly with the assistance of crutches.
Although tight end Logan Paulsen picked up the slack nicely, hauling in a career-high four balls for a team-leading 76 yards, speculation about Chris Cooley being reunited with the Redskins will begin in earnest Monday – if it hasn’t already.
Here are eight additional notes, quotes and observations from East Rutherford, N.J.:
Turning point: The Redskins barely had time to celebrate taking a 23-20 lead with 1:38 left to play, when Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz was doing the Salsa in the opposite end zone.
Cruz raced right down the middle of the field, splitting cornerback Josh Wilson and safety Madieu Williams before reeling in a 77-yard bomb from Eli Manning, answering Moss' go-ahead score only three plays earlier.
“He made a play,” Wilson said. “The guy made a play. He didn’t do anything all game. He was not a part of the game until the last play of the game.”
Offensive play of the game: Trailing 20-16 late in the fourth quarter, Griffin authored what could have been the signature comeback of his brief but stellar NFL career. Facing a second-and-six, the rookie signal caller lofted a perfectly-placed, 30-yard pass over Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley and into the hands of Moss for a touchdown that put the Redskins ahead 23-20.
The good times, though, were fleeting.
"I just feel like I lost a fight," Moss said.
Defensive play of the game: Rob Jackson posted his second interception of the season in the fourth quarter – and the timing couldn’t have been better.
With linebacker London Fletcher on the sideline with a strained hamstring and Griffin having just lost a fumble in Giants’ territory, Jackson got the ball right back. He read Manning perfectly, then stepped between quarterback and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.
Four plays later, Kai Forbath kicked a 45-yard field goal to pull the Redskins to within 20-16.
Special teams player of the game: Forbath connected from 20, 43 and 45 yards, improving his mark with the Redskins to 4 for 4 since replacing Billy Cundiff two weeks ago.
Quote of the day: Giants defensive end Justin Tuck on Griffin: “I’m pretty mad at the football gods for putting him in the NFC East. To face that guy twice a year is going to be a headache.”
Quote of the day, Part 2: New York Coach Tom Coughlin on Manning: “When his back is up against the wall is when he does his best work.”
Injury report: Fletcher said he hopes to know more on Monday about the hamstring injury he sustained late in the game.
“I couldn’t get full range of motion,” the defensive captain said. “I wanted to be out there, especially after we took the lead. But I couldn’t go out there and be me. I didn’t want risk further injury or put our team at a disadvantage.”
Fletcher said he suffered the injury while covering a Giants’ receiver.
Game ball: It goes to Paulsen. The 25-year-old stepped in for Davis and hauled in a career-high four receptions for 76-yards, including a 19-yarder on fourth down that kept alive a key fourth quarter scoring drive. Entering Sunday’s game, Paulsen had never caught more than two passes in a game.
By the numbers: The Redskins’ four turnovers (three fumbles and an interception) were twice as many as they’ve had in a game this season. In fact, they haven’t had that many turnovers since Week 6 vs. Philadelphia last season.
Record book: The Redskins’ season-high 480 yards of total offense marked the team’s highest total since amassing 481 yards against Jacksonville on Oct. 1, 2006, according to the team.