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Giants overlooked Washington, and paid for it

New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa

New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) is upended by Washington Redskins strong safety Kyshoen Jarrett (30) during the first half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. Photo Credit: AP / Patrick Semansky

Did the Giants overlook Washington?

It certainly looked and felt that way when the two teams played on Nov. 29 at FedEx Field. That was the game Tom Coughlin said the Giants “slept-walked” through the first three quarters before closing the gap with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, but the defense ultimately could not get the ball back and Washington won, 20-14. The Giants were coming off a bye, having just barely lost to the then unbeaten Patriots, and had watched both the Eagles and Cowboys lose on Thanksgiving Day. It also turned out to be the last time the Giants went into a game in sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

But while Washington clinched the division title last weekend, the Giants’ overlooking of them may have begun very early this season.

In his weekly talk with, Tom Coughlin spoke about facing the Eagles and the significance of the game despite both teams being eliminated. He said the meetings with the team on Wednesday began with an “absolute breakdown of what we talked about in the very beginning of the year, which was, at that time, there were two teams, Dallas and Philadelphia, we needed to go through to get to where we wanted to go.”

Not Washington?Not Washington.

That, obviously, turned out to be a miscalculation.

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