The Washington Times - November 30, 2008, 01:47PM

Bad-weather games have been rare at FedEx Field in the past five years, but Sunday was one of those NFC East-type days. Shockingly, the commute on the Beltway was rather painless despite the heavy rain late in the morning.

The field was covered until 11 a.m., when a 20-yard portion of the tarp was removed so Redskins players Andre Carter and London Fletcher could test their ankle and foot injuries. Both suited up for the game.


* The Giants had their own pregame issue to deal with: Plaxico Burress’ shooting and the late-breaking news that Antonio Pierce was also at the scene. Co-owner John Mara held court in the press box to discuxs the latest news on the situation.

* Once the tarp came off the field, Redskins center Casey Rabach earned the Brave Guy Award, coming out in a short-sleeve shirt. Most every other player kept bundled up.

* Jim Zorn kept his offseason promise: When the Redskins specialists took the field, they sported burgundy jerseys and white trousers. Zorn had said the Redskins would go with the dark jerseys once fall arrived.

* Clinton Portis wrapped up the Sean Taylor pregame ceremony by running out of the tunnel carrying a No. 21 flag.

* The upper bowl was full of red empty seats at kickoff, more than at any game this season, with only few more filled by the time the second quarter started.

Ryan O’Halloran