When the 2011 Washington Redskins swept the New York Giants in the regular season, most folks were surprised.
In the 2012 season, as the Redskins marched to a 15-1 regular season record, the Redskins dominance over their NFC East rivals came as no surprise. Washington's rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III played his best games against the vaunted New York defense, totalling 800 yards passing with six touchdowns in two games against the Giants. He also ran for another 150 yards against the Giants, literally breaking Justin Tuck's ankle on a vicious juke move.
As excitement throughout the Washington D.C. area approached peak levels, the moods of Giants fans sank like financial stocks in the fall of 2008. Noted Redskins hater Kellie Cowan could not believe that her Giants missed the playoffs while the Skins advanced to the Super Bowl.
"I mean, it's the Redskins," Cowan said. "It's just hard to process how much better they are than the Giants. I guess this is how it will be now. RG3 is the best quarterback in the league."