The 5-10 Giants are still somehow still breathing in NFC East with one week left.
The NFC East matches played late on Sunday shattered the giants’ true path To keep their division title hopes alive. Prone to change Dwayne Haskins was put on the bench as Washington squandered an opportunity to snatch East with an ugly 20-13 loss at home to Carolina.
The Giants also needed the Cowboys to defeat the Eagles, and Dallas beat an early pit 14-3 to claim a 37-17 victory at AT&T Stadium.
The Giants must defeat Dallas (6-9) in Week 17 and Philadelphia (4-10-1) over Washington (6-9) next Sunday night to create a 3-0 draw. In this scenario, the Giants would win the tiebreak based on a 4-2 record. Washington continues to win its first League title since 2015 by beating the forfeited Eagles.
Washington squandered its first chance to win on Sunday at FedEx Field against another eliminated opponent, as Teddy Bridgewater and the Panthers (5-10) snatched a 20-0 lead in the first half and were not abandoned.
“The disappointing thing is that we haven’t played tournament football,” said Washington coach Ron Rivera. “We still control our fate. That is the truth of the matter.
“We have another game to play, and it’s a very important game.”
Haskins, who was sentenced to a $ 40,000 fine last week for his unmasked party in violation of COVID-19 protocols, was a mess at his second straight start in place of Alex Smith (the calf).
Washington’s selection for the first round of 2019 was contested twice, faltering once and finishing 14 to 28 for 154 yards before veering in favor of fourth-placed Taylor Heinek with Washington trailing 20-6 in the fourth quarter.
“We just weren’t hitting. Very disappointing, Haskins said,” He described the last week as “the hardest” of his life. “I wish I could go back and change something, but it’s now over.”
Heinicke, an Old Dominion producer who appeared in six (one start) matches for Carolina in 2018, directed Washington in a 20-13 period with a 29-yard pass to JD McKissic with 1:50 remaining, but the onside kick was recovered by the Panthers.
Meanwhile, the loser in the Philadelphia / Dallas match faced elimination, which turned out to be the Eagles (4-10-1).
The Eagles snatched a fast lead 14-3, but Andy Dalton (377 yards) tied twice with Michael Gallop and once with rookie CeeDee Lamb for a drop to gain a 27-13 turning advantage in the third quarter.
Hortes, who finished 342 yards 69 to the ground, was intercepted at the Dallas goal line by Anthony Brown with 6:42 remaining – his first two picks in the fourth quarter. He also lost a confusion in the Cowboys area with 3:54 minutes remaining.
Lamb scored again at 19 yards before 1:53 left to clinch Dallas’ third straight win and set up Sunday’s clash against the Giants at MetLife Stadium.
Ezekiel Elliott said, “If you gave up five or six weeks ago, we wouldn’t even want you to stand by our side.” “We are competitors. The whole team. We are not out of it. I have to win next week and I need a little help from the players that we just played with.”