The Giants needed a win over the Redskins and a Packers loss to make the playoffs. They got the win but so did Green Bay. At least New York will be watching the post-season just like the Skins who had plenty of chances but also 4 turnovers in the 17-14 loss. Rex Grossman was pressured all day, but again looked solid with 336 yards and 2 touchdowns. This game may have earned Grossman the starting job next season for Mike Shanahan. Unfortunately, they couldn’t protect the ball and that’s what ultimately cost them a victory. The Skins finish the 2011 season with a 6-10 record and plenty of work to do this off-season.
Positives – A lot of young players made an impact Sunday. On offense, Anthony Armstrong’s 64-yard touchdown cut the Giant lead to 3 late in the 4th quarter. Fred Davis added another touchdown and provided some good run blocking at times. On defense, Kevin Barnes (playing free safety instead of corner) seemed to always be around the ball. He broke up 3 passes and prevented Brandon Jacobs from scoring a touchdown in the 1st quarter with a saving tackle. Adam Carriker also held his own against a good Giants offensive line. And of course there was Brandon Banks and his long returns giving the Skins good field position at key times.
Negatives – The turnovers were obviously a problem. Credit the Giants for knocking the ball out of Grossman’s and Santana Moss’ hands 3 times. The interception, though, was Grossman’s fault as he underthrew the pass along the sideline. The Skins were again bad on 3rd down, converting only 3 of 12 attempts. They finish the season as the worst 3rd down offense in the league, which is inexcusable. Finally, Graham Gano may need to be removed from the kicker position. His miss on a 30-yard field goal attempt could not be blamed on bad weather, a bad snap, or a bad holder. That makes 11 misses for Gano this season. At the very least, some competition is needed for both kicking positions next year.