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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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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Titans rising, shake-up in Top 10

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2018 NFL Power Rankings: Titans rising, shake-up in Top 10

The most surprising outcome from Week 10 in the NFL season was the Tennessee Titans 34-10 thrashing of the New England Patriots.

How far did New England fall? How high did the Patriots rise?

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Despite missing three starting offensive lineman and several other key contributors due to injury, the Redskins got back in the win column with a 16-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With a two game lead in the NFC East, their stock rose a tad.

Coming off their bye week, the Eagles fell to the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. How were each of their rankings affected?

The Saints won their eighth straight, while the Steelers won their fifth straight. Where do these two rank in the Top 5?

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The battle for No. 32 is perhaps more interesting than the battle for No. 1, but the Raiders stay in control of the bottom spot for now.

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Adrian Peterson is fifth in rushing and, oh yeah, he finally feels fully healthy now

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Adrian Peterson is fifth in rushing and, oh yeah, he finally feels fully healthy now

The version of Adrian Peterson the Redskins have been getting this year — the one who currently sits as the NFL's fifth-leading rusher and the one who has been the team's only consistent offensive threat — hasn't even been the fully in-shape version, according to Peterson.

If you take him at his word, that's a pretty frightening thought for non-Redskins defenses to ponder.

After practice on Wednesday, the 33-year-old was asked about how he's feeling after dealing with ankle and shoulder problems earlier in the season. Those problems are apparently now all behind him.

"Last week, I actually started feeling all the way healthy," he said in the 'Skins locker room. "My shoulder, I'm back to bench pressing. I hadn't done that in three weeks. And so I'm back to doing the normal things that I was able to do. My ankle's feeling good, my body's just feeling refreshed."

Oh, so the guy who's been averaging nearly 75 yards per game on about 17 carries per game and the guy who's scored four total touchdowns through nine contests is only just now back to normal?

Damn.

"Second half has been a blessing to me, you know?" he said. "It was a grind the first eight weeks, and here now, as I stand in front of you, my body's feeling amazing."

Must be nice to be one of the sport's best players of this generation, huh?

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