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Redskins' season ends in devastating fashion against Giants

Redskins' season ends in devastating fashion against Giants

LANDOVER, MD— The Redskins were dormant both offensively and defensive for most of the first three quarters of their potential playoff-clinching game against the Giants.

Down 10-0 in the third quarter, they rallied to tie the game.

But a 44-yard pass from Eli Manning to reserve receiver Tavarres King set up the go-ahead field goal with 2:12 left to play. The Redskins had a chance to tie but a Kirk Cousins interception killed their chances as the lost to the Giants 19-10.

PHOTOS: GIANTS 19, REDSKINS 10

Washington finishes their season 8-7-1 and is eliminated from the playoffs.

Trailing 10-3 in the fourth quarter the Redskins drove to their first touchdown. It looked like a promising drive was going to stall but Pierre Garçon took a bubble screen on third and 17 and picked his way through the defense for 18 yards down to the two. That set up a one-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Jordan Reed to tie the game at 10.

But after an exchange of punts the Giants got their big play with the bomb to King. That, the ensuing field goal, and Cousins’ interception ended the Redskins’ season.

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Injury Updates:

Ryan Kerrigan left the game in the third quarter with a finger injury. His return was announced as questionable but he did return.

Scoring drives:  

First quarter           

Thompson 7 run (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 13 plays, 56 yards, 6:40

Drive summary: The Giants got good field position at the Redskins punt and moved in for the first score of the game. On third and three at the Redskins 41 Paul Perkins ran for four. On the next play he broke loose for 22 into the red zone at the 15. On third and three from the eight, Eli Manning threw to Sterling Shepard, who made a one-handed grab for a first down at the four. An intentional grounding penalty set up third and goal from the 14 Manning’s pass to Will Tye came up short of the goal line and Robbie Gould came in to boot the field goal.

Giants 3, Redskins 0 2:12

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Second quarter

Jennings 2 run (Gould kick)

Drive: 11 plays, 74 yards, 5:40

Drive summary: The Giants got another scoring drive going with a couple of passes from Manning to Odell Beckham. The first one was for 15 yards, the second on gained 12, converting a third and four. On third and two from the 33, Manning fired over the middle to Sterling Shepard for 14 yards to the 19. Two plays, Manning went to Beckham and the completion and a roughing penalty on Josh Norman set up first and goal at the four. Two plays later Rashad Jennings went up the middle for two yards and the touchdown.

Giants 10, Redskins 0 9:20

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Third quarter               

FG Hopkins 32

Drive: 5 plays, 33 yards, 2:11

Drive summary: The Redskins finally got on the board. It got started with a Cousins pass to Vernon Davis, who tapped his toes inbounds for a gain on 31 yards to the New York 16. But the drive fizzled and Hopkins came in to kick the field goal.

Giants 10, Redskins 3 0:25

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Fourth quarter

Reed 1 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 11 plays, 76 yards, 5:14

Drive summary: The Redskins got moving to get the game tied up after a nice Cousins pass to Crowder converted a third and six at the Washington 28. Two Rob Kelley runs got another first down at midfield and then passes to Harris and Davis got a first down in the red zone at the 17. A holding penalty pushed them back and on third and 17 Cousins three a quick bubble screen to Garçon. He picked and fought his way through the defense for a first down at the two. After a roughness penalty, Cousins threw a quick pass to Reed for one yard and the touchdowns.

Redskins 10, Giants 10 8:13

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FG Gould 40

Drive: 8 plays, 58 yards, 3:49

Drive summary: It really just took one play for the Giants to get into position for the go-ahead field goal. Eli Manning launched one down the left sideline and reserve receiver Tavarres King hauled it in for a gain of 44 to the Redskins 25. Three plays Gould came in and booted the field goal.

Giants 13, Redskins 10, 2:12

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Wade 11 fumble return (run failed)

Drive: --

Drive summary: The Redskins were trying some desperation laterals at the end and Wade scooped one up after it hit the ground and ran it in for the score. 

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Get ready for the NFL Draft, and get ready for plenty of surprises

Get ready for the NFL Draft, and get ready for plenty of surprises

In some circles of modern culture, producing shocking commentary or content seems like the top goal. Being shocking gets clicks, gets attention, and in turn, gets dollars. 

On NFL Draft night, nothing should be shocking. Remember, last season there was no way Jonathan Allen would fall to the Redskins at 17. There was no way Kansas City would trade up for QB Patrick Maholmes. There was no way Chicago would trade up for Mitchell Trubisky. But all those things happened.

Sure, for months draft experts have expounded about what will happen, but the truth is, once the Browns are on the clock, nobody actually knows anything. 

With that in mind, let's look at a bunch of options that should not shock Redskins fans. 

  • Don't be shocked if Washington takes Minkah Fitzpatrick. They want him.
  • Don't be shocked if the Redskins draft Da'Ron Payne over Vita Vea. Washington loves Payne's potential to be a disruptor in the pass game and his incredible strength. 
  • Then again, don't be shocked if the 'Skins take Vita. Plenty of folks like him too. 
  • Don't be shocked if a team makes a move for Louisville QB Lamar Jackson. That could happen after the Redskins pick at 13, but Washington's pick could also prove important in the race for the former Heisman Trophy winner.
  • Derwin James will be on the 'Skins list, but don't be shocked if he goes off the board before the Redskins pick. 
  • Don't be shocked with a trade back, but remember that isn't the goal. With four QBs expected in the Top 10, an elite talent should make it to Washington at 13. If that happens, the Redskins should take advantage of adding a blue chip to their squad. 
  • Don't be shocked if Virginia Tech LB Tremaine Edmunds ends up wearing the Redskins draft hat. Also, don't be shocked if he plays some outside linebacker in the Washington 3-4 scheme, not just the inside LB role most project for Edmunds. 
  • Don't be shocked if a seemingly sure thing slips all the way to 13. Perhaps that's Quenton Nelson? Or Denzel Ward? Remember, there was no way Jon Allen was supposed to fall to 17 last year.

There are some things Redskins fans should be shocked by. 

  • Washington should not trade up. 
  • Washington should not draft a running back at 13 unless Saquon Barley is available. He won't be.
  • Washington should not draft a wide receiver at 13. 
  • If one of the top four QBs is available at 13, Washington should vigorously work the phones to move the pick. Move down a few spots and get Payne should be the exact plan in that scenario. Arizona at 15 needs a QB. 

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2018 NFL Draft Predictions: Where will the Edmunds brothers go?

2018 NFL Draft Predictions: Where will the Edmunds brothers go?

NBC Sports Washington’s four-part digital series ‘E-Boyz’ -- chronicling the illustrious past, decorated present and bright future of the Edmunds family -- is NOW LIVE. Check out a new episode daily, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Watch the fourth episode above and more here.

After this weekend's NFL Draft, the Edmunds family will go from having one son in the league to three. 

Trey is already on the Saints, but Tremaine and Terrell aren't pros just yet. So, when will they be taken? Here's a collection of predictions from NBC Sports Washington's NFL crew regarding the middle and youngest Edmunds brothers.

TREMAINE

JP Finlay: The Niners at nine. John Lynch won't be able to get past Edmunds' combination of size and speed, and the elite potential of the just 19-year-old. Remember, too, San Francisco might not have Reuben Foster this fall.

Rich Tandler:  Eighth to the Bears. Physically, he is a double for Brian Urlacher and he worked out well enough for the Bears that he is headed for the Hall of Fame this year.

Mitch Tischler: No. 9 to the San Francisco 49ers.  We all know Kyle Shannahan loves him some offensive threats but getting an edge rusher that could tally double digit sacks and play both inside and out is going to be too tough to pass up at nine.

Pete Hailey: No. 10 and the Raiders. Jon Gruden won't let the dynamic Edmunds fall any further.

TERRELL

JP Finlay: Kansas City in Round 3. They could use additional depth in the secondary and that franchise knows value when they see it.

Mitch Tischler: The Steelers in Round 3. He fits their scheme, has an nfl body and measured very well at the Combine.

Pete Hailey: Round 3 to the Cardinals. Terrell can learn from Antoine Bethea then fill in for him once Bethea moves on.