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Redskins’ Season Ends With Bitter 19-10 Loss to Giants

The Washington Redskins couldn’t ask for much more motivation than they had for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants: hosting a divisional foe in the final home game of the season and, most importantly, virtually controlling their bid for a second straight playoff berth.

And it still wasn’t enough.

The Redskins fell Sunday afternoon 19-10 to the New York Giants, one of its most crushing losses in recent memory in a game that raised more questions than it answered about Washington’s future as the season came to a close without a playoff berth.

Washington Redskins defensive end Ricky Jean Francois tackles New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings during the Giants' 19-10 victory at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, on Jan. 1. (John De Frietas/The Washington Informer)
Washington Redskins defensive end Ricky Jean Francois tackles New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings during the Giants’ 19-10 victory at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, on Jan. 1. (Courtesy of Rodney Pierce)

Against a team playing for little other than pride — the 11-5 Giants were already locked into NFC’s fifth seed for the postseason — the Redskins’ offense just couldn’t get on track, as running backs Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson combined for just 15 carries for 38 yards.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins, whose long-term future with the team is still up in the air, was a pedestrian (if being generous) 22-35 for 287 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions — including a crippling pick to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in Giants territory with less than 1:30 remaining and Washington down three.

When asked whether the team was ready to play, Washington head coach Jay Gruden told reporters he thought so.

“In my gut, I thought so but the results say otherwise,” Gruden said. “Give [the Giants] credit. They played well.”

Washington finished the season at 8-7-1, giving the team its first back-to-back winning campaigns since 1991-92. However, losses in four of their final six games, including two marquee losses in their last two home games, effectively sealed their postseason fate.

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