With the Giants hoping to drive down the field for a game-winning touchdown on Sunday, Redskins safety Su'a Cravens had a different idea: end the game with an interception.
Su'a Cravens didn't want a repeat of what happened earlier in the fourth quarter and certainly didn't want the New York Giants to drive down the field for a game-winning touchdown.
Earlier on in the final frame, Cravens nearly nabbed the first interception of his career, but miscommunication between the rookie and veteran David Bruton Jr. meant neither got an interception on Eli Manning that both could have caught.
"Two guys going for it, if I made a mental error and didn't do what I was supposed to do, it would have been Bruton running down the sideline for a pick-six, so I apologize to Bruton," Cravens said. "I told him I'm sorry after I saw the replay and I said I'll get you one back and he said, 'Yeah, you owe me.' After that one I think I paid him back."
But with a little more than a minute left in the game – with the Redskins up 29-27 – Cravens acrobatic interception just one play after Victor Cruz caught a 15-yard pass on third down.
"I didn't think Eli was going to throw," Cravens said after the game. "He looked at me and I was like, 'Ok, I got him locked up and he still threw it. I was like 'Alright.' Just tried to make a play on it."
The interception was the Redskins' second pick of Manning on the day (Quinton Dunbar made a one-handed grab off the Super Bowl-winning quarterback earlier in the game), but more importantly, it sealed the Redskins' first victory of the season.
"It's huge," Cravens said. "A divisional game, can't 0-2 in the division, definitely can't go 0-3 on the season and the way that we won the game, it just means so much more. The way we won it, came down to the last minute. You don't play football for blowouts, you play football for games like that thank God we got the win."
While Manning got into a groove to start the game, the Redskins' second half adjustments befuddled the quarterback, making life difficult on him down the stretch.
"[Will] Compton did a great job with keeping up with Eli," Cravens said. "They've got a great quarterback over there, we have a great quarterback on defense. That's Compton. He was audibling every time (Manning) called. So (Manning) checked, we would check. And the coaches gave him the keys. Whatever Compton felt like we needed to do, we did and we came out with the win."
Along with his interception, Cravens finished the game – just the third of his rookie season – with three tackles.
Next up are the Cleveland Browns and quarterback Cody Kessler, a fellow first-year player out of USC.
While preparation will start so, Cravens will enjoy his moment for now.
"I drop one, I owe my teammates, so making it meant the world to me," Cravens said of his game-ending play.