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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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Thomas Davis is excited for Reuben Foster's return: 'He was born to play the linebacker spot'

Thomas Davis is excited for Reuben Foster's return: 'He was born to play the linebacker spot'

Washington linebackers Thomas Davis and Reuben Foster are at two very different points in their respective NFL careers.

The former is entering his 15th NFL season and is on the tail-end of an incredible career, while the latter is still trying to find his place in the NFL. The two are separated by 11 years in age.

Yet, both linebackers are expected to have significant roles in Washington's defense come this fall, a team they have yet to play a snap for. In a Zoom conference call with local media on Friday, Davis shared his excitement for what Foster has the chance to bring to Washington's defense.

"Reuben is a physical specimen," Davis said. "I was telling somebody the other day you have people who are born to play a position. When you look at Reuben, he’s one of those guys. I feel like he was born to play the linebacker spot."

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It's been a long and windy road -- both on and off the field -- for Foster since Washington claimed him off of waivers in November of 2018.

Foster was released two years ago by San Francisco after two separate domestic violence accusations. Washington claimed the linebacker, yet he would not play for the team at all that season after immediately landing on the Commissioner's Exempt List.

Later that year, Foster's former girlfriend recanted her testimony on the first incident, and charges were dropped on the second. The linebacker got clearance from the NFL to play shortly after.

Foster returned to the field for OTAs in 2019, but his first practice with his new team ended rather quickly. On just the third snap of the session, Foster suffered a gruesome, non-contact knee injury, tearing multiple ligaments. His recovery took longer than usual, as he lost feeling in his toes in January -- months after the surgery. 

Earlier this week, Foster was removed from the active/PUP list and placed on the team's active roster, 21 months after he was originally claimed by Washington and 15 months after his devastating injury. Foster spoke with reporters shortly after Davis did on Friday, and opened up about his life from the past year and a half.

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If there's someone who can relate to Foster's rehab process, it's Davis. Over a 23-month span from 2009-2011, Davis suffered three (!!) separate ACL tears.

Yet, Davis bounced back from those injuries in tremendous fashion. Since returning from the final ACL tear in 2012, Davis has been extremely durable. Over that span, he's earned three Pro Bowl nods and was named to the NFL's All-Pro squad in 2015. Even at age 36, Davis racked up 112 tackles for the Chargers last season.

"Just seeing [Foster] make progress each and every day has truly been special," Davis said. "As a guy who has his own rehab story, to see Reuben being able to do the things he’s doing day in and day out, I’m extremely impressed and I’m excited for him."

With so many twists and turns in his young NFL career, Foster has finally reached the point where he can make football his top priority.

And now in Washington, he has someone he can look up to as a mentor in Davis.

“I try to talk to Reuben as much as I possibly can," Davis said. "Reuben, he’s excited, man. He’s energetic, he’s up-tempo. He’s always just ready to get back on the field as much as he possibly can when he was that opportunity. He’s just out there working hard and we’re just trying to constantly encourage him to continue to fight, continue to work and just let the chips fall where they may at the end of the day."

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SEE IT: This Washington Redwolves concept keeps team's identity intact

SEE IT: This Washington Redwolves concept keeps team's identity intact

Another day, another Washington Redwolves concept. 

Except this time, we may have found a winner. 

On Friday afternoon, an unaffiliated team account, @WashRedwolves posted a concept by Raymond Santiago that combines the classic Burgandy & Gold color scheme with the highly requested Redwolves logo.

Take a look:

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As you can see nothing really changed from the team's current uniform, just the Redwolves logo rather than the numbers they're currently rocking.

And that's absolutely fine. 

Because the team seems to be committed to keeping the identity intact as much as possible post-name change, less would serve as more. 

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