The 2013 season came to a merciful end for both the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants. Both teams had already been eliminated from playoff contention, so neither really had a whole lot to play for. And even though the Giants won the game 20-6, they lost their quarterback Eli Manning to injury, so the victory came with a price.
The severity of Manning’s injury is unknown, but he was hit on a pass attempt in the second quarter by the Redskins Chris Baker, and came down awkwardly on his ankle. Manning remained in the game for a few more plays, but was clearly unable to step into his throws properly, and he limped off the field getting assistance to the locker room just before halftime.
The Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was inconsistent the entire game, as the rainy weather at MetLife Stadium seemed to have an effect on his ability to throw the football. Head coach Mike Shanahan had predicted the Redskins could get a first round pick for Cousins, but based on his last two games, it seems the Redskins would be lucky to trade Cousins at all now.
And Shanahan has coached his last game as the Redskins head coach. His team ended the season with eight straight losses, some thing that hasn’t happened to the Redskins in over fifty years. The Giants also stymied the Redskins running game, as star running back Alfred Morris was held in check all game. And the Giants defensive end Justin Tuck had another big game.
The Redskins finish the season 3-13, and the Giants end 2013 at 7-9. Which after starting the season 0-6, they finished the season 7-3, so if they get good news on Manning’s ankle injury, the Giants could actually finish the season with some momentum. For the Redskins, all that’s left now is to find a new head coach, and get a head start on next season.