But it seems old habits die hard after Simms almost made it through the game without using the R-Word, he slipped early in the fourth quarter, and then tried to backtrack.
“Can the Redskins . . . can the Washington offensive line hang in there and block?” Simms said.
Simms' partner in the booth, play-by-play man Jim Nantz, referred to the Redskins by name on multiple occasions while the former Giants quarterback awkwardly called them "the Washington team" early in the nationally televised game.
"Will I refer to their nickname? Look, I have already done it," Simms told The MMQB's Richard Deitsch , and he did mention the Redskins by name during last Thursday's Atlanta-Tampa Bay game. "It is a habit. I played for 15 years [for the Giants] and they were a bitter rival. There is a chance I could slip.
"I don’t want to be overwhelmed by it."
Before the game, Simms also also accidentally let the name "Redskins" slip. And the look on Nantz's slightly cringing face as Simms stutters through it is quite noticeable: