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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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Clinton Portis among group of NFL players charged by Justice Department with defrauding NFL health care program

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Clinton Portis among group of NFL players charged by Justice Department with defrauding NFL health care program

The Justice Department charged Clinton Portis and nine other former NFL players with defrauding a health care program for retired players.

The news broke Thursday morning when the Eastern District of Kentucky alleged that the retired players submitted fraudulent claims for medical equipment costing between $40,000-50,000 to the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan. 

Former Redskins cornerback and first-round pick Carlos Rogers is also charged along with Robert McCune, John Eubanks, Tamarick Vanover, Ceandris Brown, James Butler, Frederick Bennett, Correll Buckhalter and Etric Pruitt. Joe Horn and Reche Caldwell are also expected to be charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

Portis' attorney Mark Dycio said of the charges (via The Washington Post): "Clinton Portis had no knowledge that his participation in what he believed to be an NFL sanctioned medical reimbursement program was illegal. He is completely taken aback by this indictment and will move forward with the process of clearing his good name and those of his fellow NFL alumni."

According to the indictment, the claims filed between June 2017 and December 2018 totaled $3.9 million and the health care plan paid out more than $3.4 million.

Portis played seven years for the Redskins from 2004 to 2010, rushing for nearly 7,000 yards and 46 touchdowns. He remains a fan favorite and currently works for the Redskins Broadcast Network. 

A Redskins spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. 

Stay tuned as this is a developing story. 

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The Redskins' offense has been bad all year, but they're atrocious on opening drives

The Redskins' offense has been bad all year, but they're atrocious on opening drives

No matter how you break it down — by quarter, by month, by time of day, by location, by whether the opponent has an animal mascot or a human mascot — the numbers show that the Redskins have a really ineffective offense. Currently, they're last in the NFL in points per game and yards per game.

They're bad all the time, honestly.

However, they're downright atrocious when it comes to their opening drives.

In Week 1 against the Eagles, the Redskins scored a touchdown on their opening possession. It was fun. The players had fun. The fans had fun. Everybody had fun.

But since then, they haven't notched a single TD on a first drive. In fact, they haven't converted a field goal, either.

Overall, in their 13 game-opening possessions on the year, Washington has that single end zone trip to go along with a missed kick, seven punts, two fumbles and two interceptions (one of which was taken back for a score).

What's the opposite of coming out hot? The 2019 Redskins' offense.

"I'm tired of the slow starts, our guys are, too," Bill Callahan said Wednesday. "That's the goal of the first drive of the game — try to jump ahead, get ahead, find a way to get on the board early. We haven't succeeded at that." 

The issue is registering with Dwayne Haskins, too. So, what can they possibly do to try to improve?

"Just trying to figure out a way we can move the ball early, not getting behind the chains, finding lanes and getting the ball out fast," the quarterback said. "It helps our defense when we come off fast and move the ball down the field and not put them in a tough scenario with having a short field."

Many have complained about the offense's run-first approach being too predictable under Callahan, and that's something that could be plaguing them at the beginning of their contests. Since he took over as interim coach, for example, the offense has run the ball on their first snap in six-of-eight matchups, including four-out-of-five with Haskins under center.

Of course, this is an area where Jay Gruden struggled as well, but his tendencies weren't as obvious. Plus, and yes, this is minutiae now, he did call two play-action shots in Weeks 2 and 4 that schemed up wide-open receivers that Case Keenum simply missed. He was also in charge for that lone touchdown in Philly.

The most obvious explanation for the problem, however, is one that can explain a lot of things this season: an overall lack of talent. As mentioned at the start of the story, it's not like the offense gets into a rhythm at any point, so their numbers will be underwhelming in any situation or sample.

That said, even with an inexperienced and undermanned group, there should be more production than one TD in 13 chances. Callahan told the media that "we put a lot of thought, focus and concentration" into the early-game plan. Clearly, it's not paying off.

In many ways, the Redskins have fallen behind the rest of the NFL over the past few months. The stats above show that, at least in one way, that's literally very true.  

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