EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Antonio Gibson ran for a career-high 146 yards, scored a touchdown and capped his first 1,000-yard rushing season by leading Washington to a 22-7 victory over New York on Sunday in what would have could have been Dave Gettleman’s final game as Giants general manager.
Bobby McCain returned the first of his two 30-yard interceptions for a touchdown, and Joey Slye scored three field goals as Washington (7-10) finished a season in which he rose from division winner a year ago also ran.
Third string Jake Fromm threw a 22-yard fourth-quarter touchdown at Darius Slayton as the Giants (4-13) finished a miserable second season under Joe Judge with a six-game losing streak.
Gettleman’s four-year tenure as general manager is likely over after a fourth consecutive season of double-digit losses. He was marked by injuries, including one that sidelined quarterback Daniel Jones in the past six weeks.
The judge’s status depends on what co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch want. He has a group that plays hard, but just doesn’t have enough talent, especially on the offensive line.
Washington never lagged as Slye scored 23 and 43 yards in the first half for a 6-0 lead. McCain’s interception of a pass from Fromm and a jaunt into the end zone in the third quarter made it 12-0. Washington failed on a 2-point try.
Fromm’s first pass in the NFL TD put New York at 12-7 early in the fourth quarter, but Washington came back just behind its running game (226 yards). Gibson marked his day with an 18-yard run down center for his touchdown.
Slye added his latest placement after Fromm fumbled as he tried to pass.
A year after winning the NFC East with a 7-9 record, Washington’s biggest problems during the offseason will be deciding whether to sign a quarterback or stay with Taylor Heinicke (9 of 18 for 120 yards) and to hope defensive lineman Chase Young recovers from his ACL injury.
The Giants, who last made the playoffs in 2016, have a lot of changes coming up.
The Giants’ offense was so inept the unit’s biggest cheers were when referee Adrian Hill announced backup tackle Korey Cunningham was declared eligible. It’s happened a dozen times, and Hill has announced it a couple of times, which rocked the fans each time. New York finished with 177 yards on total offense.
NO SECURITY THIS WEEK
With their offense doing nothing for the second week in a row, Judge had no plans to give up a safety for the second week in a row. The Bears got one last week, facing Devontae Booker on a transfer near the goal line.
Faced with a second and 11 of their own 2 in the second quarter, Judge asked Fromm to throw back-to-back quarterbacks, the last on the third and 9 of 4. This gave Riley Dixon the opportunity to strike and dodge a other security.
Washington: S Kamren Curl started in the third quarter with a knee injury.
Giants: RG Will Hernandez aggravated an ankle injury in the first quarter and did not return.
Washington: Finally gets a new nickname on February 2.
Giants: The face changes after a fifth consecutive losing season. They have made the playoffs once since winning the Super Bowl in February 2012.