LANDOVER — On a day where nearly every person in the country eats until they're nauseous and then eats a little more, the Redskins and Giants made sure that those who didn't doze off on the couch kept feeling queasy late into the night.
Starting with the most bizarre attempt at downing a punt you'll ever see, Washington and New York engaged in a largely unpleasant primetime game that was downright unwatchable for all of the first half and plenty of the third and fourth quarters, too.
But thanks to some timely throws by Kirk Cousins, some tremendous catches by Jamison Crowder and some 2-9 quality play by the now 2-9 Giants, the Redskins walked off of the brown-ish, green-ish FedEx Field on the right side of a 20-10 victory.
And that should, in this instance, really be the only thing you care about.
Earlier this season, the 'Skins barely squeezed out a victory over a terrible 49ers team. And after that game, it was fair to criticize them plenty.
Now, the Giants are equally terrible, and under normal circumstances, it'd be fair to criticize the Burgundy and Gold for letting them stick around until late in the fourth quarter. The thing is, there's nothing normal about the circumstances the Redskins played under on Thanksgiving.
You know what's not normal? The fact that Kirk Cousins was taking snaps from a center that the QB didn't know existed a few months ago.
You know what else isn't normal? The kickoff of this game came just 100 hours after Washington suffered a gut punch loss that made most of their other gut punch losses look like nice little love taps.
Here's another not normal thing: Three days ago, Jay Gruden was forced to put four more starters on injured reserve, running that list's total up to 12.
Coming into Thursday, though, the Redskins knew they had to win to keep any hope of a playoff appearance alive, even with all of those not normal circumstances. And after 60 minutes that flew by with the speed of gravy dripping off of a spoon, that's exactly what they did.
So, if you want to use the phrase "a win is a win" — a phrase that should nearly always be greeted with eye rolls and head shakes — just this once, that's OK. You'll be better off revisiting the leftovers in your fridge than the film from this matchup, but regardless, you should be pleased with the result.