The Washington Redskins came storming out of the gate in the nation’s capital Sunday night, jumping out to a 14-0 lead over the New York Giants. It would have been easy for the Giants to raise a white flag and give up on their season, considering they’re two games out of first with only four remaining. However, on this night, both captains of the offense and defense for the Giants would not be discouraged.
Eli Manning sparked the team, immediately responding with two beautiful touchdown drives of his own. Andre Brown scored the first on a tremendous 23 yard run, and Manning hit tight end Brandon Myers on a 22 yard pass down the middle of the field for the second score. The Giants stole momentum tying the game going into halftime.
The Redskins kicked a 33 yard field goal in the third quarter, but from that point on Giants defensive captain Justin Tuck took over. After recording only 3.5 sacks in his last 18 games dating back to last season, Tuck sacked Robert Griffin III four times on the night. It brought back flashbacks of the Giants upset over the almost perfect Patriots in Super Bowl XLVII, where Tuck had Tom Brady running for his life. Tuck made a strong bid for Super Bowl MVP that night, but hasn’t exuded that greatness in years, until last night that is.
The Giants put up ten points in the fourth quarter with a tough one yard run from Andre Brown and a Josh Brown field goal. With a 24-17 lead, it was all on the defense to do their job and secure the win. They answered the call, as Big Blue’s defensive unit shut the Redskins out in the fourth quarter. Jon Beason had another spectacular night flying all over the field, recording 18 total tackles, and 13 solo. On a last chance fourth down play with time running out, Pierre Garcon caught a ball that would have given Washington life with a first down. Will Hill came in and ripped the ball away from Garcon, sealing the game for the Giants, 24-17.
Although New York has won five of their last six games, they still find themselves as extreme longshots to make the playoffs, considering their 5-7 record. The Cowboys and Eagles both won this week, meaning the Giants gained no ground for the division title. For the Giants to make the playoffs, both first place teams would have to unravel and finish the season 1-3 in their last four games, while the Giants would have to win out. Big Blue will head out to San Diego this week to face off against the Chargers who are fighting for a wild card spot in the AFC.
For now, all the Giants can do is continue winning games and hope for a miraculous month of football.