Both Tom Coughlin and Antrel Rolle felt referees were wrong to penalize Rolle for unnecessary roughness in the fourth quarter.
Rolle banged helmets with Redskins tight end Fred Davis when Davis was on the ground, untouched, following a seven-yard reception.
Had Davis been stopped where he caught the ball, he would have been short of the first down.
But referees whistled Rolle for the 15-yard unnecessary roughness because he hit Davis helmet to helmet.
The flag gave the Redskins a first down on a drive they'd eventually score on to build a two-touchdown lead.
"I definitely didn't think it was helmet-to-helmet," Rolle said. "I definitely didn't lead with my helmet. I've never led with my helmet. At the end of the day, there's nothing I can do about it - the call was made."
GIANTS ASKED KIWI TO PLAY MORE DE: The Giants asked Mathias Kiwanuka if he wanted to play more defensive end on Sunday with Justin Tuck out. Kiwanuka, though, deferred, insisting instead that Dave Tollefson deserved the time.
"They approached me about it and there was some consideration given to it but what I was saying was that a guy like Dave Tollefson, who hasn’t gotten a lot of attention and hasn’t been in the spotlight a lot, [deserved to play]. You watch his play and there isn’t any dropoff from our first to our second, when JPP and Dave Tollefson are on the field," Kiwanuka said.
Jason Pierre-Paul finished with two sacks, including a strip sack. And Tollefson had one sack.
Kiwanuka did take snaps at defensive end on passing downs, but no more than he normally does.
WRONG PLACE, WRONG TYNES: Lawrence Tynes said he kicked the ball like at the height he normally does on his blocked field goal. Coughlin, though, thought it was a little low. Tynes also said he was not fully in kicking shape after missing time with a quad injury.
"It's going to take another couple of weeks," Tynes said.
MISSING BECKUM: Both Coughlin and Eli Manning said the Giants' third-down production suffered without injured tight end Travis Beckum. The Giants converted just one of ten third-down opportunities. Beckum was out with a tight hamstring. Jake Ballard (two catches, 59 yards) replaced him in the lineup.
"He's our third-down tight end," Coughlin said. "He's the guy that took the snaps the whole week."
JONES SAYS HE SHOULD START FOR REST OF SEASON: Rookie linebacker Greg Jones (four tackles) feels like he played well enough to earn the starting middle linebacker job for the rest of the season. Jonathan Goff is out for the year with a torn ACL, so the job is Jones' to lose.
"I feel like I did," Jones said when asked if he thought he thought he'd earned the gig, full-time. "I feel like I could have played better but I put my best foot forward. There's always room for improvement."