Redskins 6

(3-13, 1-7 away)

Giants 20

(7-9, 4-4 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, December 29, 2013

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 0 6 0 06
NYG 0 10 7 320

Top Performers

Passing: K. Cousins (WSH) - 169 YDS, 2 INT

Rushing: A. Morris (WSH) - 16 CAR, 62 YDS

Receiving: J. Jernigan (NYG) - 6 REC, 90 YDS, 1 TD

Redskins-Giants Preview

The only current NFC coaches who have won multiple Super Bowls are feeling positive about their futures despite poor 2013 seasons.

Tom Coughlin's New York Giants will try to hand Mike Shanahan's Washington Redskins an eighth straight defeat Sunday in the final game at MetLife Stadium before Super Bowl XLVIII.

These teams finished first and second in the NFC East last year, with Washington (3-12) capturing its first division title since 1999.

Now the Redskins will finish last for the fifth time in six seasons as they try to avoid their worst record since 1994. A loss Sunday would also give them their first eight-game losing streak in more than a half-century, since they dropped 17 straight over the 1960 and 1961 seasons.

Speculation is rampant that Shanahan's fourth season with the club will be his last, but the two-time Super Bowl winner with Denver insists he wants to stay on. He will meet with owner Dan Snyder.

"I love these guys," Shanahan said. "And we've been working extremely hard to put this thing together, and we've had a couple of bumps, which we all know with the salary cap, but I'm looking forward to building this football team. But, like I said, it's a situation where I'll get a chance to sit down with Dan at the end of the season and we'll go from there."

Coughlin's two Super Bowls have been more recent with New York (6-9), which won it all just two seasons ago. The Giants will finish with their first losing season since going 6-10 in his first year in 2004.

New York has won six of nine since an 0-6 start, and Coughlin said this week that he wants to return.

"Sure, absolutely," Coughlin said. "I mean, probably even more because there are a lot of those that are telling you that you didn't do very well and you're not a very good coach and you're not this and you're not that, so perhaps you have something to prove."

The Giants are clearly finishing stronger than the Redskins, winning 23-20 in overtime at Detroit last Sunday to eliminate the Lions from playoff contention.

That victory came after back-to-back 23-point defeats that called into question how New York would finish the season even though Coughlin has insisted that pride was enough of a motivating factor.

"From my standpoint is we've been in a couple of celebratory locker rooms after Super Bowls," Coughlin said. "Well, how's it going to look if some of these guys were with us in the good times and it's not so good right now? How are we going to act? What is our statement about who we are? And what kind of example are we for the young people? So I think pride is very important."

Eli Manning has set a career high with a league-worst 26 interceptions. He'll again be without top receiver Victor Cruz, who is sidelined with a knee injury.

The Giants also do not know who will play at running back. Rookie Michael Cox could make his second start since Andre Brown and Peyton Hillis are both being treated for concussions.

New York won 24-17 at Washington on Dec. 1, but won't face Robert Griffin III this time around. Kirk Cousins will make his third straight start, fourth of his career and first against the Giants.

Cousins threw for 381 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in a 27-26 loss at Atlanta on Dec. 15. He was less effective in last Sunday's 24-23 home loss to Dallas, completing 21 of 36 passes for 197 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

"I think I'm in a good spot right now," Cousins said. "Obviously, we would have liked those be wins but we're two points away from being 2-0 in this three-game stretch and hopefully we can get a win this week."

Cousins will no doubt be targeting Pierre Garcon, who has been thrown to a league-leading 172 times and leads the NFL with a Redskins-record 107 catches. Garcon had nine receptions for 61 yards in the first meeting.

The Redskins have done a good job of protecting Cousins, who has been sacked once in his starts. New York sacked Griffin five times earlier this month, with Justin Tuck recording a career-best four.

Tuck, who has 7 1/2 sacks over his last five games, is one of several Giants who could be playing their last game with New York.

"I'm looking ahead," Tuck said. "Anytime you go into a season like this, you always take time out at the end of the year to go over the goods, the bads and the ugly. I'm looking forward to getting back to the top of the heap."


Passing Leaders

K. Cousins61.81710109
R. Griffin68.7169446
E. Manning63.144103014
R. Nassib80.06000

Rushing Leaders

A. Morris26510744.18
R. Helu402165.41
A. Williams2177213.37
R. Jennings1676393.84

Receiving Leaders

D. Jackson56116920.96
P. Garcon6875211.13
O. Beckham Jr.91130514.312
R. Randle7193813.23

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

Total YardsWSH
Yards PassingWSH
Yards RushingWSH
Yards AllowedWSH
Pass Yds AllowedWSH
Rush Yds AllowedWSH

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

NY Giants leads 18-8
Dec 1, 2013WSH 17, NYG 24
Dec 3, 2012WSH 17, NYG 16
Oct 21, 2012WSH 23, @NYG 27
Dec 18, 2011WSH 23, @NYG 10
Sep 11, 2011WSH 28, NYG 14
Jan 2, 2011WSH 14, NYG 17
Dec 5, 2010WSH 7, @NYG 31
Dec 21, 2009WSH 12, NYG 45
Sep 13, 2009WSH 17, @NYG 23
Nov 30, 2008WSH 7, NYG 23
Sep 4, 2008WSH 7, @NYG 16
Dec 16, 2007WSH 22, @NYG 10
Sep 23, 2007WSH 17, NYG 24
Dec 30, 2006WSH 28, NYG 34
Oct 8, 2006WSH 3, @NYG 19
Dec 24, 2005WSH 35, NYG 20
Oct 30, 2005WSH 0, @NYG 36
Dec 5, 2004WSH 31, NYG 7
Sep 19, 2004WSH 14, @NYG 20
Dec 7, 2003WSH 20, @NYG 7
Sep 21, 2003WSH 21, NYG 24
Dec 8, 2002WSH 21, NYG 27
Nov 17, 2002WSH 17, @NYG 19
Oct 28, 2001WSH 35, NYG 21
Oct 7, 2001WSH 9, @NYG 23

Research Notes

The Redskins added -28.8 expected points to their net scoring margin in Sunday's 20-6 defeat, their worst offensive output in a game since 2006. The Redskins are the only team this season to finish in the bottom 10 in offensive, defensive and special teams EPA.
London Fletcher (retiring after this season) is playing in his 256th straight game Sunday, the 4th-longest streak in NFL history... It's the 2nd-longest streak by a defensive player, trailing only former Browns and Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall.

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