LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Given that the New York Giants were once 0-6 with injuries mounting, it's quite the feat that they're not the first team to be eliminated from playoff contention in the NFC East.
The Giants are soldiering on with postseason hopes alive in December, having won five of six, while the Washington Redskins are officially going nowhere.
New York rallied from an early two-touchdown deficit to beat Washington 24-17 Sunday night, keeping the Giants (5-7) two games behind division leaders Dallas and Philadelphia with four to play.
"We're almost accustomed to putting ourselves in bad situations," said Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, who had four sacks in the second half.
The Redskins (3-9) won't be repeating their NFC East title. They've lost four straight and won't be in the playoffs for the 17th time in 21 years. The NFL gave them five prime-time games this season; they lost all five.
"When you're out of it, yeah, it's very disappointing. ... You don't like to play for pride," Washington coach Mike Shanahan said, "but sometimes that's the card that's dealt, and that's where we're at right now."
Here are five morsels from the game that separated hope from no-hope:
STREAKY ELI: Eli Manning had a streak of 10 completions, including a 22-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Myers in the second quarter that tied the game at the half. He also a high throw tipped for his 18th interception and remains on course to have more interceptions than touchdown passes for the first time since his rookie season. The Redskins had three sacks, which means Manning has been brought down a career-high 31 times this season.
But Manning's final numbers weren't too shabby — 22 for 28 for 235 yards — and it's hard to ignore the back-to-back clutch throws to Myers (18 yards) and Victor Cruz (19) that set up Andre Brown's 1-yard touchdown run that put the Giants ahead for good early in the fourth quarter.