There were two striking similarities between the Giants and Redskins coming into the NFC battle in December. The first similarity is that both teams are fighting to get into the playoffs with Washington having a much better chance than the Giants of playing in mid-January. The second commonality is both teams have injuries with Washington starting 3rd string quarterback Mark Sanchez and Big Blue was without two Pro Bowl players with safety Landon Collin and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. out. Even with their two playmakers inactive, there was a Giant onslaught in Washington as Big Blue won 40-16.
The first half of the game the Giants clicked in all facets of the game. The G-Men’s defense scored first when Curtis Riley returned a 9-yard interception for a touchdown, but that was set up by Big Blue’s special team downing the ball at the Washington 2. Saquon Barkley had a big run for 78 yards that ended in pay dirt. Eli Manning finished off two drives in the red zone with a 3-yard pass to Sterling Shepard and a 6-yard pass to Bennie Fowler. At the close of half if was 34-0 Giants.
The 2nd half both teams were playing like they both knew who was going to win the game. Washington still struggled on both sides of the ball and Eli had his 3rd touchdown of the game this time with Russell Shepard from 11 yards out.
It reached a point where Giant rookie signal caller Kyle Lauletta made his debut in mop-up time even though Lauletta went 0 for 5 with an interception. Washington did make the game respectable in the 4th quarter but the Giants and Washington continued their season going into different trajectories.