Week 15's early games looked like they could deliver some great results for the Redskins, but in the end, only a Vikings loss helped Washington.
Minnesota got drubbed by the Indianapolis Colts while the Green Bay Packers escaped Chicago with a narrow victory.
Going into the day, the Redskins remained a half game behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the sixth and final NFC playoff spot. That hasn't changed, as the Bucs play Sunday night, but Jay Gruden's team did get a bit of breating room behind them with the Vikings loss.
After the 1 p.m. games, the Vikings move to 7-7 while the Packers get to 8-6. Remember, the Redskins are 7-5-1 and don't play until Monday night when they host the Panthers at FedEx Field.
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The New York Giants continued their impressive run with a win over the Detroit Lions. That victory moves the Giants to 10-4, and still in position to fight the 11-2 Cowboys for the NFC East title.
With the loss, the Lions go to 9-5, meaning the Packers are just one game off the pace for the NFC North title with two games to play. Green Bay will travel to Detroit in the final week of the season for a game that could determine the division champ
Dallas plays Tampa tonight in the game that has the most impact on the Redskins playoff chances. No result can be better for Washington than a Tampa loss.
And remember, should it end up mattering in a tiebreaker a few weeks from now, the 'Skins have a head-to-head victory over Green Bay.
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