The Giants come into Washington with the weight of the world on their shoulders. A number of scenarios loom for the Giants to make the playoffs, but the easiest route involves them winning. A loss, would effectively end their season.
The Redskins, meanwhile, have been playing better football the last three weeks but are still a work in process. Playing Rex Grossman in favor of Donovan McNabb has been the story, but the offense has been playing better since the change.
The game ends with the Giants on top 17-14, but both seasons are lost.
The Redskins put up a mild fight in the second half, but mistakes proved to be the difference. Turnovers and not enough takeaways sealed their own doom.
Special teams also proved to be a thorn in the Redskins’ side, as Graham Gano missed another short field goal attempt. In the end, the Redskins played with zeal but not enough smarts and paid dearly for it.
The Redskins now head into the off-season with many needs to address. But overall team performance? I can’t really say this team drastically improved on the field. The record shows two more wins, but last place in the NFC East and once again being swept by the Giants means there is still a long way to go.