12.30.2013 / Blog Posts Redskins
On Sunday, the Washington Redskins squared off against the New York Giants with the opportunity to end a frustrating season on a high note. Slow out of the gates, the Redskins failed to score a touchdown and fell victim to enemy onslaught for the eighth straight time by the final score of 20-6.
One season after registering off seven straight victories on an improbable run to an NFC East championship and home playoff game, the Redskins posted their first three-win campaign since 1999.
It was also the first time the burgundy and gold failed to win a divisional game since 2009.
From the get-go the sloppy conditions at MetLife Stadium rendered both offenses incapable of their normal output. In the first quarter, both teams failed to put any points on the board.
In the second frame, though, kicker Kai Forbath nailed two field goals right between the pipes to include a 49 yarder just moments before the halftime whistle blew.
The Giants, however, led at half 10-6 after quarterback Eli Manning found wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan on a 24-yard touchdown connection and kicker Josh Brown rebounded from an early miss by finding the space between the uprights on a 34-yard attempt.
Second-year quarterback Kirk Cousins made his third start of the season, but unlike the first two appearances, failed to put the Redskins in position to keep it close.
Cousins connected on only 19 of his 49 attempts, all of which were short passes. The downfield threat was washed out by rainy weather and a Giants secondary focused on ending the season on a high note.
With game time accumulations somewhere around the one inch mark, the sophomore said the sloppy conditions played a factor in a performance that will help him grow in the future but also steered clear of making it an excuse for his three turnover day.
“The elements were tough,” he explained to the media. “It never let up [and] at one point later in the game I was shaking. I was having a hard time staying warm, staying dry, all those things, and there’s only so much you can do.
“The ball kept getting heavier and heavier as the game went on and my cleats were full of water. I felt like I was walking in a puddle the whole game.
“That was a challenge to deal with, that’s part of the game.”
Wide receiver Pierre Garcon added to his reception total one week after setting the franchise record for most catches in a season. With 6 receptions for 56 yards, Garcon became only the second player in NFL history to notch at least five receptions in every game.
He finished 2013 with a league-high 113 receptions.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Redskins used the emotion of linebacker London Fletcher’s last game as a catalyst for their best performance of the season.
Forcing three turnovers on the day, the defense didn’t allow the Giants to get into a rhythm in front of a home crowd.
On Monday, head coach Mike Shanahan was relieved of his duties with the team after four seasons at the helm.
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