The Redskins got some help in their quest for the NFC East title. Now they just have to go out tomorrow night and take full advantage of it. If they don't, they will find themselves in a three-way tie for the division lead and just a game out of last place.
The Giants, who started the day tied with the Redskins for first place in the division, lost to the Jets 23-20 in overtime. The G-Men blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead as Ryan Fitzpatrick’s touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall tied the game at 20 with 27 seconds left.
The Jets won the toss and drove for a field goal, meaning the Giants needed a field goal to extend the game. But Josh Brown missed his first field goal of the year, this one from 48 yards out, to hand the win to the Jets.
The game will carry some lingering controversy. With the Giants up 20-10 early in the fourth quarter, Tom Coughlin decided to go for it on fourth and two at the Jets four. Eli Manning’s pass was picked off and the Jets were still alive trailing by 10.
In the late game, the Eagles moved into a second-place tie with the Giants by stunning the Patriots 35-28 in Foxborough. Philly racked up 21 points by returning a punt, an interception, and a blocked punt for touchdowns. A late fumble gave them a scare but they were able to survive a late attempt Tom Brady attempt to pull out a miracle.
The Eagles and Giants are both 5-7. The 5-6 Redskins hold a half game lead in the NFC East pending their Monday nigh game against the 3-8 Cowboys. A Redskins win would give them sole possession of the division lead with four games left to play. With a loss they would be in a three-way tie for the division lead with the Cowboys in fourth place but just a game out of the lead.
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