There was no more fitting a way for the Redskins to end an extremely ugly half of football than with perhaps the ugliest play of all: an interception on a less-than-impressive fake field goal attempt in which punter Hunter Smith was crushed as he threw into a crowd of Giants defenders.
The first quarter was bad for the Redskins and it did not get any better in the second, as Washington's offense continued to struggle while the defense did little to stop the Giants.
It didn't take long in the second quarter for the Giants to extend the lead, as they needed just two plays, both Ahmad Bradshaw runs, to extend the lead to 14-0 on the running back's four-yard touchdown run, his second score of the game.
Washington again failed to move the ball on just its second drive of the game. The first play of the drive, a pass to Devin Thomas, was wiped out for illegal motion and the Redskins managed just seven yards after that and punted again.
New York took over on its own 47 and again swiftly moved down the field, appearing ready to extend the lead with a third touchdown on its third drive before stalling. Eli Manning threw an incompletion that was nearly intercepted by Fred Smoot, and Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth entered the game and immediately made an impact.
The All-Pro stuffed a Brandon Jacobs run, and then sacked Manning for a 10-yard loss on the next play to force the Giants to settle for a 38-yard Lawrence Tynes field goal and a 17-0 lead.
The Redskins again managed to move only backwards on their next drive, with Jason Campbell getting crushed on a Jonathan Goff sack for a loss of six yards and then missing Devin Thomas down the right sideline on third and 15 for another punt.
New York, however, again had no problems moving the ball. This time it took just four plays and 2 minutes and 5 seconds for the Giants to find the end zone, with the key play a 45-yard pass to Hakeem Nicks followed by a six-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith that extended the lead to 24-0 before Washington had even picked up a first down.
The Redskins showed little life (yet again) on their next drive, though they finally picked up a first down on Campbell's 16-yard scramble on third and 12. That would be the only major positive play, however, as an intentional grounding would kill that drive and force yet another punt.
The Redskins defense finally forced a three and out and the Giants punted for the first time all game with 1 minute, 10 second left in the first half.
Taking over at its own 35-yard line, the Redskins lost Campbell on the first play of the drive when he was sacked yet again and left with a sprained shoulder. Back-up Todd Collins entered and threw incomplete on his first attempt before finding Santana Moss for a 47-yard gain down the right sideline.
Two consecutive incompletions and a delay of game penalty killed the drive and the fake field goal attempt was ineffective, as Smith threw into a group of Giants defenders and was intercepted by Bruce Johnson to end the half with the Redskins trailing 24-0.