They have faced extremely long odds for a number of weeks now, but with their 24-17 loss to the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins officially saw their playoff aspirations come to an end.
Now owners of a 3-9 record, the Redskins can finish no better than 7-9 on the season. Because the Dallas Cowboys won their game on Thursday, they improved to 7-5 on the year. Dallas holds tie-breaker advantages over the Redskins and also owns a 4-0 record in the NFC East.
By losing to the Giants, Washington was officially eliminated from NFC wild-card contention a year after going 10-6, winning the NFC East and hosting a playoff game.
Since the 1991 and 1992 seasons, when the Redskins won the Super Bowl and then returned to the playoffs the following year, Washington has only reached the playoffs four times. Not once in the past 21 years since has it made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.
“I’m disappointed we’re out of the playoffs,” wide receiver Pierre Garcon said. “You play this game to play in the playoffs. It’s disappointing.”
Four games remain on the schedule. Washington hosts Kansas City (9-3_ next Sunday, then travels to play at Atlanta (3-9). The Redskins then will host the Cowboys before playing the Giants in New York in the season finale.
“It’s extremely disappointing,” linebacker London Fletcher said. “We had our expectations as to what we thought our season would be coming into the year. Now, we’re just playing for pride. That doesn’t feel good on the first day of December.”
Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at email@example.com with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesdays.
● Mike Shanahan meets with reporters at 3 p.m.
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