Giants spoil Redskins' playoff bid
LANDOVER, Md. -- Kirk Cousins was intercepted by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie with under 1:30 remaining and the New York Giants defeated the Washington Redskins 19-10 to eliminate them from playoff contention.
Trailing 13-10 with 2:12 remaining, Cousins drove the Redskins (8-7-1) across midfield. But on first-and-10 from the 43-yard line with 1:27 left, Cousins threw down the middle for Pierre Garcon. The pass hung and Cromartie stepped in front of Garcon for his second interception of the day.
The Giants (11-5) already locked into the No. 5 seed, played their starters, including quarterback Eli Manning, throughout the game, and took the lead on a Robbie Gould field goal with 2:12 left.
New York scored a touchdown on the game's final play when Trevor Wade picked up a fumble on a lateral and scored as time ran out.
Manning passed for 180 yards and Paul Perkins rushed for 102 yards.
Cousins was 22 of 35 for 287 yards, one touchdown and two picks.
The Redskins (who won the NFC East with a 9-7 mark last season) were looking for first back-to-back playoff appearances since a three-year run from 1990-92.
Washington rallied from a 10-0 halftime deficit and appeared to have the momentum late in the game.
Then, after generating little offense for much of the second half, Manning got time and threw long down the left sideline and found Tavarres King for 44 yards to the Giants' 25. Four plays later, Gould connected from 40 yards out.
Washington tied it with a 76-yard drive that started early in the final quarter. Cousins completed 5 of 7 passes on the drive. He hit Maurice Harris for 13 yards to the Giants' 35 and then Vernon Davis for 18 yards to the 17. After a holding penalty set up third-and-17, Garcon took a screen pass inside the 5. Cousins hit Jordan Reed for a 1-yard score and game was knotted 10-10 with 8:13 remaining
Leading 10-0 at halftime, New York had a chance for more when they drove inside the Washington 20 early in the third quarter. On fourth-and-2 from the 16, however, Manning's pass was deflected and incomplete.
Washington's offense appeared to get on track when Cousins hit Garcon for a 49-yard catch and run to the Giants 23. But on the next play, receiver Maurice Harris slipped and Cousins' pass was intercepted by Rodgers-Cromartie.
After the Giants punted, Cousins found Davis for 31 yards to the 16 and a Dustin Hopkins field goal with 25 seconds left in the third quarter cut the deficit to 10-3.
Cousins was sacked three times in the first half and Washington managed just 83 yards of offense.
The Giants took a 3-0 lead late in first quarter. A 22-yard run by Perkins got them to the 15, and a pass to Kelvin Sheppard made it first-and-goal at the 4. Manning's intentional grounding penalty forced the Giants to settle for a 22-yard field goal from Gould.
New York started the second quarter on their own 26 after a punt. Manning hit Odell Beckham Jr. for 13 yards to open the drive and then for 12 as the Giants crossed midfield. On second-and-6 at the Giants 16, Beckham caught a short sideline pass and Josh Norman was flagged for a late hit, moving the ball to the 4. Two plays later, Brandon Jacobs scored and New York led 10-0.
A 23-yard Cousins pass to DeSean Jackson with one second left in the half gave Hopkins a chance from 57 yards, but his kick was wide.
NOTES: With five catches, Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (101) topped 100 receptions in a season for the first time in his career. ... Redskins WRs Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson both went over 1,000 yards receiving for the season. ... Redskins TE Jordan Reed (shoulder) was active after missing last week's game. Washington was without ILB Su'a Cravens (upper arm) and CB Quinton Dunbar (concussion). ... New York Pro Bowl CB Janoris Jenkins (bruised back), who missed last week's game, was back, but G/T Bobby Hart (forearm) was a surprising inactive. TE Jerrell Adams (shoulder) and CB Coty Sensabaugh (ankle) were also out for the Giants. ... Reed (248) moved past Don Warren (244) for third place on the Redskins' all-time receptions list for tight ends.