NFL Game Summary - Washington at NY Giants|
(Sunday, December 29th)
Final Score: NY Giants 20, Washington 6
East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Jerrel Jernigan scored both a
rushing and receiving touchdown to help offset an injury to Eli Manning and
lift the New York Giants to a 20-6 victory over the Washington Redskins as
both NFC East rivals wrapped up disappointing seasons at MetLife Stadium.
Jernigan hauled in a 24-yard touchdown pass from Manning in the second quarter
and came through with a 49-yard scoring run in the third. He finished with 90
yards on six catches and added 57 yards on a pair of rushes.
Manning completed 10-of-24 throws for 152 yards with an interception before
exiting with a sprained left ankle near the end of the first half, with Curtis
Painter handling the offense over the final two quarters.
Painter managed a mere 11 yards and was intercepted once on 2-of-8 passing,
but got a boost from a New York defense that limited the dysfunctional
Redskins to 251 total yards and forced four turnovers.
"I told [Manning] and reassured him that [the defense] will take care of
this," said Giants safety Antrel Rolle. "We'll bring back the 'W' to the
locker room for him and just make sure you take care of yourself."
The win was the seventh in 10 games for the Giants (7-9) following an 0-6
start and sent Washington (3-13) to an eighth consecutive loss in what is
widely speculated to be Mike Shanahan's last game as head coach of the
"At the end of the day, you've got to win and we weren't able to do that for
whatever reason," said Shanahan afterward. "I'm responsible for that and I'm
disappointed we couldn't get that done."
Kirk Cousins and the Redskins' offense struggled throughout the afternoon,
with the quarterback hitting on just 19-of-49 passes for 169 yards and tossing
Jernigan came with a pair of big catches on the only touchdown drive of the
first half, a 6-play, 75-yard march that began with the Giants trailing 3-0
midway through the second quarter. The young receiver raced 30 yards to the
Washington 29 after taking in a short pass, then came down with Manning's
well-thrown ball into double coverage for a 24-yard score two plays later to
put New York ahead with 5:21 remaining in the first half.
The Giants extended the margin with Josh Brown's 34-yard field goal on their
next possession, a kick set up by a 35-yard connection from Manning to Hakeem
On New York's following series, Manning came up limping after being hit by the
Redskins' Chris Baker on an incompletion. He stayed in the game, but had his
next attempt intercepted by Josh Wilson near midfield and walked gingerly to
the sidelines before being helped to the locker room.
Washington was able to capitalize on the miscue, with Cousins making good on a
pair of passes to get the Redskins in range for Kai Forbath's 49-yard field
goal that cut the lead to 10-6 at the break.
The Redskins were down by just four at the half despite mustering only 66
yards and two first downs, having also converted a New York turnover into
points on their initial score. Wilson recovered a fumble from Andre Brown at
the Giants' 18 early in the second quarter, which led to Forbath's 31-yard
field goal and a 3-0 edge.
The third quarter was marked by a driving rainstorm and several missed
opportunities on both sides. Albert Morris fumbled at his own 16-yard line on
Washington's first play to give the Giants great field position, but Painter
had a pass bounce off tight end Brandon Myers in the end zone two plays later
and the Redskins' Reed Doughty snared the carom for an interception.
A pair of Cousins completions to Pierre Garcon got Washington inside the New
York 15 later in the period, but the Redskins came up empty when Justin Tuck
sacked Cousins and the Giants' Linval Joseph pounced on the resulting fumble.
Washington's next drive ended in Trumaine McBride intercepting Cousins with
the Redskins again in scoring range.
Washington never threatened again, and Jernigan put the game out of reach with
a highlight-reel touchdown on the final play of the third quarter.
Lined up in the backfield, he took a handoff from Painter and burst into open
space after waiting for a hole, then outraced the Washington defense for a 49-
yard touchdown that lengthened the Giants' lead to 17-6.
"It wasn't like we drew it up because the end didn't pinch at all," said
Jernigan of the play. "He widened out, so I just saw the cutback lane and I
cut back. [Teammates] Bear Pascoe and Louis Murphy made some great blocks out
there and I just hit it and went."
After the Redskins turned the ball over on downs around midfield, New York put
together a run-heavy 11-play, 33-yard sequence that ended in Josh Brown's 38-
yard field goal with 4:53 to go.
In addition to Manning, Nicks (ankle), wide receiver Rueben Randle (knee) and
offensive tackle Will Beatty (broken right leg) left the game with injuries
for New York ... Washington's eight-game losing streak is the franchise's
longest in a season since the 1961 Redskins dropped their first nine contests,
while the 3-13 record is the club's worst since producing the same mark under
Norv Turner in 1994 ... Garcon had six catches totaling 56 yards and became
only the second player in NFL history with five or more receptions in all 16
regular-season games, joining Jacksonville's Jimmy Smith in 2001 ... Tuck, who
recorded a career-high four sacks in New York's 24-17 win over the Redskins in
Week 13, had two for the game ... Retiring Redskins linebacker London Fletcher
had seven tackles and two passes defensed in the final game of his 16-year
12/29 18:22:55 ET