It will be a very special Thanksgiving night for the New York Giants as they go on the road to face the Washington Redskins.
The Giants weren’t expected to beat the AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs at home yesterday, but they still hung around, played as tough as they possibly can and eked out a 12-9 overtime win. Meanwhile for the Redskins, they are still struggling to keep up in the wild card hunt and in the NFC East, as they blew a 15-point fourth quarter lead on the road to the New Orleans Saints.
With the constant rough patches that the Giants and the Redskins have faced this season, it’s easy to see this upcoming matchup as the least exciting of the three Thanksgiving matchups. But just like any other matchup between two NFC East teams, there will definitely be lots of high drama involved. And whenever there’s a primetime game involved between two NFC East teams, the stakes in order to succeed will be higher and higher.
So in honor of the upcoming Giants-Redskins showdown, here’s a look at some recent top-five moments that have benefitted the Giants:
5. Eli Manning rushing touchdown, 2014 @ FedEx Field
Manning is not a dual-threat quarterback by any means, but his one-yard scramble to the endzone was still pretty cool. The Giants were leading 31-14 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, and Manning already had an amazing game by throwing four touchdown passes. Three of those touchdown passes came in the first half, and all three of those touchdowns were hauled in by tight end Larry Donnell. Thanks to Manning’s performance, the Giants easily routed the Redskins, 45-14.
4. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie two-interception game, 2016 @ FedEx Field
To put the icing on the cake on an already-dominant season for the defense, DRC picked off Kirk Cousins twice in the final regular season game, eliminating any trace of hope the Redskins had in advancing to the postseason. Even though the Giants already clinched a playoff spot a week earlier, many of the starters were still in action, and DRC became one of the most impactful players in the 19-10 win.
3. Victor Cruz 77-yard touchdown, 2012 @ MetLife Stadium
If there was one lowlight in Robert Griffin III‘s banner rookie season, it would be the go-ahead touchdown that was hauled in by Cruz. Just fifteen seconds before Cruz’s touchdown, RGII hit Santana Moss for what looked like to be a go-ahead 30-yard touchdown for the Redskins. However, the Manning-to-Cruz connection from the previous season was on fire once again, and the Giants went on to win a third straight game and their fifth one of the year.
2. Odell Beckham Jr. diving touchdown reception, 2015 @ FedEx Field
Yes, the Giants ended up losing this game 20-14, but Beckham’s one-handed diving touchdown reception in the fourth quarter quickly found itself as another highlight for the star wide receiver’s highlight reel. The Giants struggled mightly for most of that game, but Beckham’s big play provided a much-needed spark for an otherwise lackluster performance. Even the color commentator for the game, Daryl Johnston, couldn’t contain his excitement over what Beckham had just done. “This guy does this on almost a weekly basis!” Johnston exclaimed after watching the play.
1. Giants defense goal line stand, 2007 @ FedEx Field
As Michael Strahan once said in “America’s Game,” the goal line stand against the Redskins in the third game of the season was truly the epitome of their championship season. This goal line stand by the Giants defense led to six straight wins and so much more. After the Giants defense gave up 80 points in their first two games of that season and 17 points in the first half to the Redskins, they definitely had their backs against the wall. But the Giants defense prevailed tremendously in the second half, and the rest is history.
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