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Gameday Live 16: Giants at Redskins

Giants coach Tom Coughlin reacts to a call

Giants coach Tom Coughlin reacts to a call during the first half in Green Bay, Wis. (Dec. 26, 2010) Credit: AP

That's the end of game, as the Giants defeat the Redskins, 17-14, to snap their two-game losing streak. However, Green Bay's 10-3 win over Chicago has knocked them out of the playoffs.

Giants: 10-6 (5-3 road) ... the Giants have their fourth 10-win season in the last six years but they missed out on the postseason for a second straight year.

Redskins: 6-10 (2-6 home)

Scores by quarter for the Giants: 3, 7, 7, 0
Scores by quarter for the Redskins: 0, 7, 0, 7

*The Giants and Bucs are the first 10-win NFC teams to miss the playoffs since 1991.

**The Giants have won six straight against Washington and nine of 10.

Redskins' second scoring drive: 1 play, 64 yards, 0:10

Scoring play: Armstrong 64-yard pass from Grossman (Gano kick) ... it was Armstrong's third TD catch of the season and Grossman's seventh TD pass.

Key play: The touchdown. Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips had some serious miscommunication in the secondary.

*On the first play of the quarter, a third-and-3 from the Giants' 30, Umenyiora strip-sacked Grossman for the second time today and recovered it on his own 43. It was 12th sack of the season and 10th forced fumble.

The Giants went three-and-out and Washington took over on their own 36 after Banks returned Dodge's fourth punt 29 yards (Dodge netted an average of 28 yards on his seven punts ... another poor day for him). 

The Redskins converted a third-and-5 from their own 41 on Grossman's 13-yard pass to Terrance Austin. Three plays later, a first-and-10 from the Giants' 17, Jonathan Goff forced Moss to fumble after a 7-yard reception and Phillips recovered it his own 10.

The Giants again went three-and-out, and again Banks had a big punt return — this time for 32 yards down to the Giants' 41. Dodge tackled Banks on both returns.

The Skins got nine yards on the first play of the drive, a 9-yard pass to Williams, but two incompletions (Grossman slipped on a third down rollout) brought up a fourth-and-1 from the Giants' 32. Torain tried to bounce a run outside to the left and Umenyiora stuffed him for a loss of 5 yards, giving the ball back to New York

The Giants had their third straight three-and-out and Dodge's sixth punt went out of bounds at the Washington 36 (for a net of 29 yards). The Redskins scored on the next play.

After a touchback, the Giants picked up a first down on London Fletcher's holding penalty. Then, on a third-and-11 from their own 24, Eli hit Clayton on the right side for a gain of 14. They were forced to punt four plays later.

Washington took over on its own 17 and picked up one first down, but then went four and out to end the game.

Here are your three stars for today's game:

1. Umenyiora: two sacks, two forced fumbles, one recovery, 5 tackles

2. Manningham: four catches for 101 yards, including a 92-yard touchdown that proved to be the game-winner.

3. Hagan: six catches for 70 yards

And a bonus fourth star, Manning: 17-of-29 for 243 yards with one TD and one INT. He also rushed for 11 yards on four carries.

*The Giants had a 32:20-27:40 advantage in time of possession, but Washington had a 385-325 advantage in total yards.

Here are today's final stats... 


Bradshaw: 15 carries, 22 yards; 2 catches, 8 yards

Jacobs: 13 carries, 49 yards, TD

Boss: 2 catches, 29 yards

Clayton: 2 catches, 19 yards

Tynes: 1-for-2 on FGs; 2-for-2 on XPs

Phillips/Pierre-Paul: fumble recovery each

Goff: forced fumble

Bulluck: INT

Thomas: 10 tackles


Grossman: 26-of-44 for 336 yards, two TDs, INT, two lost fumbles; 1 carry, 2 yards

Torain: 18 carries, 61 yards; 1 catch, 8 yards

Williams: 1 carry, 4 yards; 4 catches, 47 yards

Armstrong: 2 catches, 84 yards, TD

Moss: 9 catches, 74 yards, lost fumble

Cooley: 5 catches, 53 yards

Austin: 2 catches, 41 yards

Davis: 2 catches, 20 yards, TD

Sellers: 1 catch, 9 yards

Gano: 0-for-1 on FGs; 2-for-2 on XPs

Buchanon: INT, 5 tackles

*The attendance at FedEx Field today was 76,189.

Okay, that's all for today's game and the 2010 season. Please check back below for updates on my pregame keys to the game. Thanks to all for coming out!

As always, it was my honor and pleasure to bring everyone all of the live game action of the course of the season.

See ya'll in September.



****Green Bay has defeated Chicago 10-3 to eliminate the Giants from the postseason. Nick Collins intercepted Cutler with 20 seconds to play.

***Green Bay leads 10-3 at the two-minute warning at Lambeau. The Bears have the ball on their own 37-yard line with a second-and-4 upcoming.

**Green Bay had back-to-back sacks of Cutler to bring up a fourth-and-23 for the Bears on their own 2. Green Bay got the ball back inside Chicago territory with under seven minutes to play, still leading 10-3.

*Green Bay leads 10-3 with 12:42 to play at Lambeau. After Rodgers hit Donald Driver for 21 yards to convert a third-and-3 from their own 32, Rodgers sailed one to Jennings for 46 yards down to the 1. A Rodgers-to-Donald Lee 1-yard TD pass capped a five-play, 75-yard drive. 

End of the 3rd Quarter: Giants 17, Redskins 7

Giants' third scoring drive: 2 plays, 95 yards, 0:57

Scoring play: Manningham 92-yard pass from Manning (Tynes kick) ... it was Manningham's ninth TD catch of the season and Manning's . It was also Eli's career long pass and Manningham's career long reception. The duo also paired up for an 85-yard touchdown last week.

Key play: The touchdown. DeAngelo Hall tried to jump the route, but couldn't get there in time. He leapt in vain as the ball sailed over his head to an open Manningham, who cruised into the end zone untouched.

Players who impressed for the Giants:

-Tuck batted down a pass to bring up a third-and-long.

-Keith Bulluck undercut an out route along the defensive right sideline and intercepted a pass at the Washington 31-yard line. It was his second interception of the season.

Players who struggled:

-Michael Boley was flagged for a 19-yard pass interference penalty on a pass that appeared to be uncatchable.

-Boss dropped a pass along the right sideline on third-and-3 from his own 44 to force a punt.

-Tynes missed a 39-yard field goal wide to the left. It was the kicker's first miss since Week 4. He had a streak of 17 made kicks in a row.

What to watch for in the fourth quarter: Are the Giants going to clinch a playoff berth?

*Bears/Packers update*: They're tied at 3 at the end of the third quarter.

Here's what happened in the third quarter there...

The Bears went for it on fourth-and-2 from the Packers 40 and turned the ball over on downs.

But on the very next play, Charles Tillman intercepted an Aaron Rodgers pass and returned it to the Green Bay 15. Four plays later, Charlie Peprah intercepted Cutler to keep the Bears from capitalizing on the turnover.

Later in the quarter, Tramon Williams returned a punt 41 yards to the Bears' 44. Three plays later, Rodgers hit Greg Jennings for 33 yards down to the 1, but the Packers couldn't punch it in and had to settle for a 23-yard field goal.

*Also, despite reports to the contrary earlier today, the score of the Bears-Packers game is not being shown in Washington. The Giants may be in the dark.


Here are the halftime stats for your viewing pleasure...


Manning: 12-of-18 for 127 yards, INT; 2 carries, 13 yards

Jacobs: 8 carries, 41 yards, TD

Bradshaw: 7 carries, 14 yards

Hagan: 5 catches, 68 yards

Kevin Boss: 2 catches, 29 yards

Ware: 1 catch, 16 yards

Manningham: 3 catches, 9 yards

Clayton: 1 catch, 5 yards

Tynes: 1-for-1 on FGs; 1-for-1 on XPs

Pierre-Paul: fumble recovery

Umenyiora: sack, forced fumble

Thomas: 5 tackles


Grossman: 10-of-15 for 120 yards, TD, lost fumble

Torain: 10 carries, 48 yards; 1 catch, 9 yards

Moss: 3 catches, 24 yards

Keiland Williams: 1 catch, 23 yards

Anthony Armstrong: 1 catch, 20 yards

Davis: 2 catches, 20 yards, TD

Cooley: 1 catch, 16 yards

Mike Sellers: 1 catch, 9 yards

Gano: 0-for-1 on FGs; 1-for-1 on XPs

Buchanon: INT, 5 tackles

*The Giants had an 18:41-11:15 advantage in time of possession. Also, Eli was not sacked in the first half.


End of the 2nd Quarter: Giants 10, Redskins 7

Giants' second scoring drive: 9 plays, 69 yards, 4:54

Scoring play: Jacobs 2-yard run (Tynes kick) ... it was his ninth TD of the season.

Key play: Two Hagan catches on third-and-long (more below).

Redskins' first scoring drive: 7 plays, 80 yars, 2:44

Scoring play: Fred Davis 1-yard pass from Grossman (Gano kick) ... it was Davis' third TD catch of the season and Grossman's sixth TD pass.

Key play: Chris Cooley 16-yard pass from Grossman on second-and-10 from their own 20. It started a streak of four straight completions that netted 76 yards.

Players who impressed for the Giants:

-On third-and-5 from the Giants' 20, Osi Umenyiora stripped Grossman and Jason Pierre-Paul recovered it on the Giants' 25. It was Osi's 11th sack of the season and ninth forced fumble.

-Hagan caught a pass along the right sideline for nine yards to convert a third-and-7 from his own 28. Later, on the scoring drive, he caught a 12-yard pass over the middle to convert a third-and-11 from his own 46 and then snagged a 15-yard pass along the right sideline to convert a third-and-9 from the Washington 41. Nice job by Hagan, who has five catches for 68 yards.

-Michael Clayton caught his first pass as a Giant, but it only went for a five-yard gain on a third-and-7. 

-Little used (except in garbage time generally) D.J. Ware caught a screen pass and took it 16 yards on the first play of their touchdown drive.

-Bernard tackled Torain in the backfield for a loss of a yard.

-Ross returned a punt 14 yards to his own 31-yard line.

Players who struggled:

-Dodge's second punt netted only 18 yards after it bounced into the end zone for a touchback.

-On the last drive of the half, the Giants' defense allowed four straight completions that went for 76 yards down to the 4-yard line. Washington scored two plays later.

What to watch for in the second half: Can the Giants' defense rebound after that poor showing on the final drive of the half? The Redskins get the ball to start the second half.

*Bears/Packers update*: Chicago leads 3-0 at the half. The Bears had a third-and-goal from the 4, but Jay Cutler was sacked to bring up the field-goal attempt.


End of the 1st Quarter: Giants 3, Redskins 0

Giants' first scoring drive: 11 plays, 78 yards, 5:58

Scoring play: Lawrence Tynes 20-yard FG ... it was his 19th made field goal in 22 attempts.

Key play: Manning 14-yard scramble on third-and-11 from the Washington 20 (more below); Also, Jacobs 27-yard run around right end on second-and-1 from the 39 (more below). 

Players who impressed for the Giants:

-The Giants ran a full-house backfield on the first play (Bear Pascoe lined up as a fullback) and Bradshaw gained four yards.

-Aaron Ross stopped Torain in the backfield for a loss of a yard.

-Barry Cofield batted down a Grossman pass to bring up a third-and-long. Terrell Thomas stopped Moss for a gain of only a yard on the next play to force a punt.

-Manning took off on a scramble up the middle and dove headfirst for the first down on a third-and-11. He took a hard shot, but got up O.K. 

-Ross and Rocky Bernard stopped Torain for a loss of a yard on a third-and-1 from the Giants' 11, and Graham Gano missed a 30-yard field goal attempt wide left on the next play.

Players who struggled:

-Manning slipped when setting his feet on a second-down pass and it fell incomplete, and on the next play, Mario Manningham slipped after catching a screen pass for no gain.

-Matt Dodge's first punt netted only 22 yards after Brandon Banks returned it 17 yards to the Washington 45.

-Jacobs scampered 27 yards down the right sideline on a run from his own 39-yard line, but was tripped up with nobody between him and the end zone.

-Derek Hagan dropped a second-and-goal pass from the 6 in the front of the end zone.

-Torain gashed the Giants' defense for runs of 16, 14 and 8 yards on consecutive plays.

-Manningham had a third-and-5 pass from his own 25 knock off his hands into the air and Phillip Buchanon intercepted it. Buchanon returned it eight yards to the Giants' 25. It was Manning's league-leading 25th pick of the season and Buchanon's second.

What to watch for in the second quarter: Can the Giants continue to run the ball well? They have 58 yards on nine carries.

*Bears/Packers update*: They're scoreless after the first quarter, although the Packers are leading 90-57 in total yards. Green Bay failed to convert a pair of third-and-2s to force punting situations.

-Also, Seubert suffered a dislocated right kneecap and needed to be carted off. He will not return. Kevin Boothe, a guard and my classmate at Cornell, will play center for the first time in his career. 


*The Giants have won the toss and will receive.

Also, according to the announcers, the score of the Bears-Packers games will be shown at FedEx Field, so the Giants will know what's happening. But at Lambeau, the Giants-Redskins score will not be shown, leaving the Packers in the dark.


Good afternoon Giants enthusiasts! Welcome to Week 17 in the NFL!

I'm Chris Mascaro and I'll be bringing you all of today's live game action, as the Giants (9-6, 4-3 road) take on the Washington Redskins (6-9, 2-5 home) at FedEx Field in our nation's capital.

By now, I'm sure you know the drill. For the Giants to make the postseason, they have to win today and have Green Bay lose at home to Chicago. The Bears have already locked up at least the No. 2 seed.

Clearly, we'll keep you up-to-date on all the happenings in that game (which is also a 4:15 p.m. kickoff), but you can stay on top of all the Week 17 action here.

The other question surrounding the Giants is the job status of coach Tom Coughlin. If the Giants lose today, or even if they win and miss out on the postseason, will Coughlin be fired? As he ends his seventh season, Coughlin has a 64-47 regular-season record with a Super Bowl title in 2007. But will that be enough to keep his job?

Regardless of what happens, Coughlin wanted his team to know earlier this week that he cares deeply for them.

"This is my team, and I love these guys one way or the other," he said. "I told them two weeks ago that I was proud of them. They were shocked that I said that after the Philadelphia game."

But after all the fuzzy feelings subside, the fact remains the same — the Giants haven't played well the last two weeks. After giving up just 10 points in wins over these Redskins and the Vikings, the Giants have allowed 83 the last two weeks, including 73 in the last 67:28. Over a point a minute just doesn't get it done in the NFL.

The Redskins — led by quarterback Rex Grossman rather than the embattled Donovan McNabb — don't have the most dynamic offense by any stretch of the imagination, so this seems like a good matchup for the Giants' defense. But the boys in blue are beat up on the defensive side — Corey Webster is out with a rib injury and Chris Canty is hobbled by a neck injury (he will play though).

Justin Tuck was in a minor car accident on New Years Eve, but luckily for the Giants, didn't suffer any injuries.

Stopping the inept Washington offense will be one of the keys to the Giants' success, or lack thereof, this afternoon. Here are three more keys, and if you don't like them, there's always this stuff.

1. Win one for the Gipper? As we said earlier, Coughlin made it known to his team that he cares deeply for them. Do they feel the same way? It appears they do. Said guard Rich Seubert: "We've always had coach's back. "I wouldn't want to play for anybody else."

This isn't the first time the Coughlin has taken his team to Washington this last week of the season with his job on the line. In 2006, the Giants earned a 34-28 win behind Tiki Barber's 234 rushing yards and three touchdowns

Can the Giants come up with another win to save Coughlin's job today? And, if so, who will be the player(s) to step up today?

*The Giants got the job done for their coach today, and he'll get to keep his job for the 2011 season, but it wasn't enough to launch Big Blue into the postseason. The game ball has to go to Osi.

2. Run, run, run the ball, gently down the stream. Our own Bob Glauber feels the Giants' best plan of attack is to run the ball against a Washington defense that allows the most yards per carry in the NFL (4.8), and I agree.

Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw combined for 200 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries when the Giants bulldozed Washington 31-7 on Dec. 5, and would be wise 

Eli Manning's favorite target, Hakeem Nicks, is out with a broken toe, so putting the ball in the hands of the RBs instead of the league-leader in interceptions also seems smart.

*Interestingly, the Giants rushed for only 82 yards on 32 carries (2.41 ypc).  Jacobs scored a rushing touchdown from two yards out, and could have had another had he not been tripped up on a 27-yard scamper (the longest running play of the afternoon). Manning hit a pass of over 80 yards to Manningham for the second straight week.

3. Sack lunch. When Grossman was the starter in Chicago, he had a reputation for getting holding the ball too long and taking too many sacks. In his three games, he has been taken down seven times, including five in a loss to Dallas two weeks ago. The Giants had just one sack last week (from Tuck), so getting to the QB is a point of emphasis for them today

Doing so will also prevent Grossman from going deep for Santana Moss, who has 1,041 receiving yards and six TDs on the year.

*Osi was a monster of the line, and simply couldn't be contained by the Washington O-line. Not only did he get to Grossman, he stripped him once he got there.

Here are today's inactives for the Giants, courtesy of Mr. Tom Rock, who is live at FedEx Field. And here is the weather report from Washington, where there's a light rain falling and it's in the high 40s.

Finally, here are a few notes on today's game:

-The Redskins, who have lost four straight at home, finished 4-12 last season. They are 2-3 against NFC East opponents this year with wins over Dallas in Week 1 and the Eagles i Week 4. The Giants are also 2-3 against division foes this year. They beat Washington in Week 13 and Dallas in Week 7.

-The Giants enter the day fifth in the NFC in points scored with 377 (behind, in order, Philly, Dallas, Atlanta and Green Bay). They are just one point behind the Packers — last week's loss clearly didn't help in that department. The Giants have allowed 333 points, which is best in the NFC East, but just eighth best in the conference (behind Green Bay, Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, St. Louis and Minnesota).

-The Redskins have scored 288 points (11th in the NFC) and they've allowed only 360 (tied for 11th in NFC with Carolina).

-The Redskins are 14th in the league in turnover margin at -1 (27 giveaways, 26 takeaways). The Giants are second the NFL in takeaways (35, one behind New England) and lead the league with 41 giveaways (24 interceptions, 17 fumbles). The net result of a -6 turnover margin is 24th in the league.

-Grossman has completed only 53.9 percent of his 89 passes this season for 548 yards. The 30-year old, an eight-year veteran out of Florida, is averaging 6.16 yards per attempt. He has thrown five touchdowns and three interceptions in three games, and has a 77.4 passer rating.

-Ryan Torain rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in last week's win over Jacksonville. It was his first score since Week 6. Torain, who missed the game against the Giants with a hamstring injury, has 681 rushing yards on 146 carries (4.7 ypc) in nine games. 

-The Redskins have lost four of their last five, with the lone win coming in overtime last week in Jacksonville, 20-17. They have lost six of eight and have already clinched their second straight losing season and sixth since 2002.

-The Skins have played four overtime games this season (and should have had another against Tampa Bay, but a botched handoff on an extra point squashed that). They beat Green Bay, Tennessee and Jacksonville in an extra period, and lost to Houston.

-The Giants have beaten the Redskins the last five times they've played, and eight of the last nine.

Okay, that's all for now. But we've got plenty more to talk about today, so keep it locked here throughout the afternoon!

I'll be back after each quarter with updates.

We're about 15 minutes from football on FOX!

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