Armstead/Giants II not nearly as compelling
Tiki Barber runs past Redskins Daryl Gardener (92) and Lavar Arrington (56) (AP Marquette)

Posted Dec 9, 2002

Armstead may have had a quiet game on paper, but his defensive presence and leadership helped keep his team in the game after a 14-point halftime deficit.

For the second time ever, LB Jessie Armstead faced off against his former team, this time at his new home of FedExField. Playing with a bruised left knee, an injury he suffered in the Redskins' Thanksgiving Day loss to Dallas, Armstead had another quiet game against his ex-teammates.

The Giants, knowing Armstead all too well, were able to limit him to just four tackles. The most memorable came early in the second quarter, when Armstead made what appeared to be a touchdown-saving tackle on Tiki Barber near the goal line. However, the Giants were able to reach paydirt on the next play - on a pass to Charles Stackhouse in the opposite direction of Armstead.

Armstead may have had a quiet game on paper, but his defensive presence and leadership helped keep his team in the game after a 14-point halftime deficit. Washington held the Giants to just 10 second-half points.

"I feel I played solid," Armstead said. "I had a pretty good game. It's always different when you play your whole life with the same guys, and then have to play against them."

While Armstead and Redskins held the Giants' passing attack to just 205 yards, they were unable to stop them when most needed. Late in the third quarter, RT Mike Rosenthal picked up a rushing Armstead, freeing up Jeremy Shockey for a 20-yard reception to the one-yard line. Shockey, who ran his route against LaVar Arrington, said he was unaware of Armstead on that play. However, Collins certainly knew who was coming at him.

"It was a dog (blitz) coming off from the edge," Collins said.

That led to a one-yard touchdown run by Tiki Barber, which put the Giants up 24-14. They would never look back.

The Giants had nothing but praise for their former teammate and team leader.

"The guy's a warrior," Collins said. "I loved playing with him, and I love playing against him."

LG Rich Seubert also knows Armstead well, having blocked him numerous times in practice last year while Seubert was a member of New York's practice squad.

"It was fun hitting Jessie out there," Seubert said. "He's a great player and a leader. A couple of times, he even gave me a few chuckles."

While the Giants offensive line was determined to contain Armstead, they would not allow one individual - no matter how motivated he was - to become the focal point of their strategy.

"Jessie's a great player, but we didn't key in on him," RG Jason Whittle said. "We know Jessie will play hard. We just went out there and did our thing. Everybody just did their job."

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