LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Eli Manning and Robert Griffin III put on quite the show in the first half.
Then the two quarterbacks and their teams — both with not-ready-for-prime-time records — showed how they’ve become the bottom-feeders of the NFC East.
Yet one team had to win, and it was the New York Giants who took advantage of the latest Washington Redskins special teams error to set up the go-ahead touchdown.
Andre Brown had a pair of touchdown runs Sunday night, and Justin Tuck had four sacks — more than doubling his total from the season — as the Giants beat the Redskins 24-17 to stay on the fringes of the playoff race.
The win keeps the Giants (5-7) two games behind division leaders Dallas and Philadelphia with four to play, while the Redskins (3-9) were eliminated from the postseason for the 17th time in 21 years and finished the season 0-5 in prime time.
“After last week’s loss we were probably going to have to win five in a row, and this is the first one,” Manning said. “You can’t win five in a row unless you win the first one. Now that we have done that we have to keep going.”
Safety Will Hill sewed up the victory when he wrestled the ball from Pierre Garcon after the receiver made a catch near midfield with 1:21 remaining as the Redskins were driving for a possible tying score.
The turnover came two plays after a confusing moment in which Washington apparently thought it had a first down — the sideline down marker was at “1’’ — when it was actually third-and-1.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan vented at officials over the miscue.
Manning and Griffin were a combined 26 for 29 for 250 yards at halftime — before the same troubles that have beset both teams resurfaced in droves.