The regular season is over for the New York Giants, ending with a hard-fought 19-10 victory over the Washington Redskins that in many ways typified the season for the 11-5 playoff-bound Giants.
The Giants got quality defense and just enough offense, including a career-best 102-yard rushing performance from rookie Paul Perkins. The rookie fifth-round pick carried 21 times in his first career start. Perkins became the only Giants’ rusher to crack the 100-yard mark in a game this season.
The 11 victories for the Giants is the most since they went 12-4 in 2008.
The Giants hoped to end the season with a momentum-building win, and that is what they got.
“We played physical hard-nosed football on the grass on the road against a hungry football team,” coach Ben McAdoo said. “We ran the ball, we took care of the ball. That’s important this time of the year.
“I think the guys fought their tail off tonight.”
A 44-yard pass from Eli Manning to Tavarres King set up a 40-yard field goal by Robbie Gould that gave the Giants a 13-10 lead with 2:12 to play. A defensive stop punctuated by the second interception of the game by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie with 1:12 left sealed the victory. The loss knocked Washington (8-7-1) out of the playoffs.
A Trevin Wade fumble recovery for a touchdown on the last play provided the Giants’ final margin of victory.
"It ended up being a game we had to fight ... that was kind of what we wanted,” said Giants’ linebacker Jonathan Casillas.
How the game got to 10-10
A 22-yard Gould field goal and an 11-play, 74-yard drive that ended in a 2-yard Rashad Jennings’ touchdown run gave the Giants a 10-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
The Redskins mounted a late comeback. A Dustin Hopkins field goal with :30 left in the third quarter got Washington on the board and they tied the score with 8:17 left in the game on a 1-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to Jordan Reed. That capped an 11-play, 76-yard drive.
McAdoo good to his word
Giants’ starters played throughout the game, as McAdoo had promised. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins played the first half after missing last week’s game with a bruised back. Odell Beckham Jr. caught five passes, giving him 101 for the season, but came out of the game early in the second half. Washington’s Josh Norman was called for two personal fouls against Beckham. McAdoo said he had planned to remove Beckham at some point in the game.
Manning finished 17-of-27 for 180 yards.
The Giants will head to the playoffs next weekend, their first postseason appearance since 2011. The Giants will face the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field Sunday at 4:40 p.m. ET [Full story]
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