At the start of the week, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said that he would be looking to see if his team shared his excitement about playing another division game.
After a slow start that saw them fall behind 14-0 to the Washington Redskins, the Giants indeed started to show signs of life, proving to themselves and the rest of the NFL that they’re not ready to call it a season.
New York got a one-yard touchdown run by Andre Brown and a 39-yard field goal by Josh Brown, both scores coming in the fourth quarter to close out a 24-17 win over Washington.
Though Washington did threaten on their final drive of the game, safety Will Hill ripped the ball away from receiver Pierre Garcon on a 4th-and-1 at the Washington 45-yard line, ending their chances of coming back.
The Giants (5-7) are still a long shot for the playoffs and have to have a lot more happen if they are to move up the playoff seeding.
Not only do they need to win their remaining four games against San Diego, Seattle, Detroit and Washington, they’re also going to need a lot of help, as Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News outlined in his pregame blog entry.
Washington (3-9) has officially been eliminated from postseason contention and remains firmly entrenched in the NFC East cellar one year after winning the division.
If that wasn’t painful enough, according to the draft tracker at Over the Cap, Washington currently has the third overall pick in the 2014 draft—a pick that they traded to St. Louis in order to get quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Here's a look at this week's unit grades for New York, which is now 2-3 against division foes with one game (vs. Washington) remaining.