The New York Giants' 2013 season is over, but our work is not. As we head into the offseason let's review the final game of the season, a 20-6 victory over the hapless Washington Redskins in our traditional 'Kudos & Wet Willies' style.
Kudos To ...
Jerrel Jernigan -- Jernigan caught six passes for 90 yards and a touchdown and took a reverse 49 yards for another score. He and placekicker Josh Brown were the offense on Sunday. Jernigan has 19 receptions over the past three games, finally showing at the end of his third season the play-making ability the Giants had hoped would emerge before now.
Jernigan and Victor Cruz are both best in the slot, but Jernigan's play the past three weeks means the Giants need to find ways to utilize both players next season. That will be a good problem for the Giants to have.
"He grew into a guy that wanted the ball and did things well with the ball when he got it," said head coach Tom Coughlin. "His play time increased and he responded very well to it and I was happy for him. The way he played - he's a tough guy and we saw that down the stretch."
Justin Tuck -- A Giant since 2005, Tuck wants desperately to return next season. He is a free agent, however, and there is no way of knowing whether or not that will happen. He certainly left a great final impression. Tuck had two sacks, a forced fumble and six tackles. He finished the season with 11 sacks, one behind his career-high of 12 in 2008.
"Do I expect to be back? I really don't know. I don't know. I really don't," Tuck said Sunday night. "If you tied my hands, I think I did the best I could do to warrant being back, I guess. But like I always say, time will tell. We'll go into this and we'll sit down and we'll talk and we'll figure it out."
Steve Weatherford -- On a miserable, rainy day Weatherford punted beautifully. He punted eight times for a net average of 41.1 yards, hit four punts inside the Redskins' 20-yard line and handled at least two bouncing snaps from Zak DeOssie flawlessly.
Trumaine McBride -- The veteran corner, out of football a year ago, punctuated a surprisingly good season with a pair of interceptions and a ridiculous six passes defensed.
Peyton Hillis -- It doesn't seem like much, but Hillis ran 17 times for 56 yards. He was running the same plays behind the same makeshift offensive line as fellow running back Andre Brown, but Brown could only accumulate 11 yards on 13 carries, less than a yard per carry. He has to get some props for that.
Wet Willies To ...
Curtis Painter -- This probably isn't fair, since Painter had not taken a meaningful snap all season until Sunday's second half. He was, however, miserable. He mishandled two snaps, went 2-for-8 and threw an interception in the end zone. Watching Painter it was hard not to wonder how the Giants ever thought he was better than David Carr, cut in the preseason in favor of Painter.
Both offenses -- Pathetic is the only way to describe the offenses of both teams on Sunday -- with the exception of the play of Jernigan. Eli Manning got hurt, but he also went 10-for-24. The Giants do have a bit of an excuse as they were down to the last five offensive linemen who were active on Sunday. Kirk Cousins of the Redskins went an abominable 19-of-49. The teams combined for seven turnovers, and there were four other fumbles not resulting in turnovers. The teams combined to convert 8-of-34 third-down opportunities. In the red zone the Giants (0-3) and Redskins (0-2) went a combined 0-for-5. Neither team managed 300 yards of total offense. The Giants had 278 and the Redskins 251. I would imagine the Giants' offensive line grades from Pro Football Focus will be awful.
It probably would not be difficult to pick out several Giants' offensive player to give individual 'Wet Willies.' Let's just say, however, that Jernigan and Hillis are the only players who deserve plaudits, and leave it at that.
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