4:25 PM Giants at Redskins
win over the Redskins 19-10.
Eli Manning was 17 of 27 for 180 yards.
Perkins rushed for 102 yards on 21 carries.
Rashad Jennings rushed for 52 yards
on 18 carries and 1 TD, and caught 1 pass for 5 yards.
Will Tye caught 4 passes
for 47 yards.
Tavarres King caught 1 pass for 44 yards.
Odell Beckham Jr.
caught 5 passes for 44 yards.
Sterling Shepard caught 3 passes for 30 yards,
and had 1 carry for 7 yards.
Victor Cruz caught 2 passes for 7 yards.
Rainey caught 1 pass for 3 yards.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had 2 INTs and
Landon Collins, Damon Harrison and Leon Hall each had 1 sack.
Wade had a fumble recovery return for a TD.
Gould kicked 22 and 40 yard field goals.
New Year! The Giants are in the playoffs. It didn't matter if they won or lost
this particular game, but I wanted to see them win. Washington would see their
season end if that happened. I have to admit to having some mixed feelings for
the Washington fans sitting out there in the stands, as I know how I would feel
if things were reversed.
I got past
that sooner than I expected watching the Giants play as though this game meant
everything to them. They scored a field goal in the first quarter and a touchdown
in the second to go up 10 - 0 and I even enjoyed a guilty pleasure when Washington
missed on a 57 yard field goal right at the end of the half as that would have
made it a one score game.
The Giants defense had 3 sacks in the first half
and had held the Redskins to zero points. I guess that factored into Ben McAdoo's
decision to go for a 4th-and-2 at the Washington 16 yard line on the Giants opening
drive in the 3rd quarter. Eli Manning's pass to Odell Beckham Jr. was incomplete.
It sure seemed like a bad choice when Kirk Cousins soon followed up with a long
49 yard completion to Pierre Garcon. Cousins tried for another big play right
after that, but this time it was intercepted by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie at
the Giants 5 yard line.
Unfortunately the Giants went three-and-out, and on
his turn, Cousins was at it right away, hitting Vernon Davis with a 31 yard pass.
The defense held them on the next three plays and Washington settled for a 32
yard field goal to make it 10-3. After the Giants went three and out for the third
time in a row, Washington put together their best drive of the day and they scored
a touchdown to tie it up. Nothing happened on the next two possessions, but then
the Giants offense woke up when Manning let loose and completed a 44 yard pass
to Tavarres King. That got them in field goal range and that's what they got,
to make it a 13-10 score.
There wasn't much time left and Cousins got things
moving for the Redskins with four straight completions before being intercepted
by Rodgers-Cromartie for the second time in the game. I was elated that the Giants
were about to close out this game with a win. After timeouts and a punt Washington
got the ball one last time near their goal line and Trevin Wade picked up a fumble
and returned it for a touchdown. The final score was 19-10 after the Giants took
a knee on the mandatory extra point attempt with no time left in the game. So
that ended the regular season for both teams. Now I'm anxious to see who the Giants
will play next week in the wildcard game, but other games have to play out first."
would have thought, as this long season moved along, at the very end the strength
of the Giants offense would be with their running game? All year Eli Manning has
had his three healthy talented receivers at his disposal, and today he threw for
only 180 yards and no touchdowns. The rushing plays produced 161 yards and one
touchdown. For that matter, who would have thought that their 32 ranked defense,
hurriedly refurbished with free agent players fresh off the shelves, would jell
enough, in just one season, to carry this team into the playoffs?
Giants offense scored just 13 points. It makes no sense as to how they have struggled
this year in that area. You saw it in preseason and people began to wonder. It
was dismissed as just preseason games, there for the starting offense to work
things out. But now they've had a whole season of regular season games where nothing
Sooner or later you have to realize the facts. This Giants team
can not put points up on the board, and they rely on the defense to do all the
heavy lifting. Will that be enough to guide the Giants through the playoffs and
into the Super Bowl? You hope so, but there's some pretty tough competition coming
up. As we've pointed out before, four of the Giants total five losses this season
were to teams who had appeared in the playoffs the year earlier. Four of the five,
even with the defense playing as they did, were on the road.
As I write this,
two of those teams are still standing, and have moved on to the playoffs once
again. The day long mystery is over and the Giants will be at Green Bay when the
post season kicks off next weekend, on Sunday in the late afternoon game. Will
the Giants defense have to do it all, or can McAdoo, with his new found running
offense, be able to call a balanced game that can get points on the board, something
that can give Giants' fans hope that their team will move on?"
- FIELD GOAL
Robbie Gould 22 Yd Field Goal
info: 13 plays, 56 yards, 6:40
Rashad Jennings 2 Yd Run (Robbie Gould Kick)
Drive info: 11
plays, 74 yards, 5:40
- FIELD GOAL
Dustin Hopkins 32 Yd Field Goal
info: 5 plays, 33 yards, 2:11
Jordan Reed 1 Yd pass from Kirk Cousins (Dustin Hopkins
Drive info: 11
plays, 76 yards, 5:14
- FIELD GOAL
Robbie Gould 40 Yd Field Goal
info: 8 plays, 58 yards, 3:49
Trevin Wade 11 Yd Fumble Return ( Run for Two-Point
Drive info: 1
play, 5 yards, 0:06
Giants Paul Perkins topped the 100-yard
rushing mark in his first career start.
rushed for 161 yards, their highest this season.
Rashad Jennings' rushing touchdown was the Giants first in the last six games.
Giants Eli Manning exceeded 4,000
passing yards for the third consecutive season.
did not score 30 points in a single game this season for the first time since
Giants Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie,
with 6 interceptions this season, is the first to do so since Antrel Rolle in
Giants Odell Beckham Jr.,
with 101 total receptions, is only the second Giants receiver to pass 100 receptions
in a season (Steve Smith - 107 in 2009). Giants
Ben McAdoo, with 11th wins, ties with Dan Reeves (1993) for the most by a Giants
head coach in his first season.
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