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Curtis Painter entered the game in relief of Eli Manning.
The Giants' win over the Redskins was their seventh of the season.
A 7-9 final record is nothing impressive, and it is certainly below the Super Bowl standards set before the season began.
Consider New York's 0-6 start, however, and it is remarkable that the team went 7-3 for the remainder of the season.
During the atrocious opening weeks of the season, New York's defense was porous, allowing 30 or more points in each of the first five games. The acquisition of linebacker John Beason, along with the emergence of safety Antrel Rolle and a stout run defense, helped turn the defense around.
The offense, however, was not as easily amended. An ailing offensive line never jelled with its ever-rotating cast of starters. The turnstile of running backs provided quarterback Eli Manning little consistency in the pocket.
Against the Redskins, the wheels finally came off.
The rickety offense, held together by patchwork acquisitions like running back Peyton Hillis, suffered injuries to its two remaining producers at wide receiver, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle. Victor Cruz was inactive for the contest after undergoing knee surgery.
Manning and offensive tackle Will Beatty were also lost for the contest, as New York was forced to press forward with stopgap replacements at O-line and receiver. Backup quarterback Curtis Painter led the charge in the second half, completing just two passes for 11 yards.
If the Giants season was just one game longer, it would almost be a certainty that they would lose.
The terribly battered squad weathered one more outing—a fitting downpour at MetLife Stadium—to secure the seventh, and final, win of the season.