After knocking him down, Tuck gives RG3 a lift.

After knocking him down, Tuck gives RG3 a lift.
December 4, 2013, 10:30 am

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New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck spent most of Sunday night knocking Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to the ground. After it was over, he gave the embattled signal caller quite a lift.

Tuck, in his ninth NFL season, sacked Griffin four times and knocked him to the ground twice. All of the sacks came in the second half and they instrumental in New York's rally from a 14-0 deficit to a 24-17 win at FedEx Field. The loss knocked the Redskins out of the playoffs.

Tuck and Griffin exchanged words as they were leaving the field. Griffin, who has been under fire for both his play on the field and some things he has said and done off of it, told a New York Times reporter that Tuck said, “What you’re going through, not everybody has to go through, and I’m proud of how you’re handling it.”

Griffin “puffed out his chest” according to the reporter. “That’s big when you get that from other guys, even a guy in your division who’s a rival,” he said.

Last year, it was Griffin giving out the encouraging words after big wins. Last year after the Redskins beat the Dallas Cowboys to clinch the NFC East title on the last game of the regular season, NFL Films microphones caught Griffin talking to Cowboys QB Tony Romo, who had thrown a late interception that let the Redskins seal the victory.

“Hey Tony. I just wanted to say to you, don’t listen to what anybody else is saying about you,” he said. “You’re a great quarterback, man. And this game doesn’t mean anything.”

Now the shoe is on the other foot. It’s not where Griffin and the Redskins want it to be.