Kirk Cousins throws one of his two touchdown passes Thursday night. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

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The Redskins sustained their playoff hopes with their fifth win of the season, beating a depleting New York Giants team, 20-10, in a game that will be called anything but pretty.

Still the victory has Washington at 5-6 and tied with the Dallas Cowboys, whom the Redskins will play next Thursday night in Texas.

Dig into the big win with all of The Post’s reporting and analysis off the game.

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Game analysis

Fuller seals it with a pick | Redskins 20, Giants 10

Kendall Fuller finished off the final Giants drive with a game-sealing interception, sending the Redskins to their fifth win of the season and keeping their slim playoff hopes alive for another week.

Redskins extend the lead | Redskins 20, Giants 10

After the Giants turned the ball over on downs inside their own territory, the Redskins added another Nick Rose field goal to make it a two-score game.

Perine productive

In the midst of this ugly game, Samaje Perine was able to churn out yet another productive performance as the lead back. He has gained 96 yards on 21 carries, averaging 4.6 yards per carry so far.

Perine left the game in the third quarter because of a finger injury, but it didn’t impact his ability to gain positive yardage against this Giants defense, which ranked 30th against the run entering the game.

He has stepped up in a significant way with Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson landing on injured reserve with strong performances in consecutive weeks to give Washington a reliable running game, even with three backup offensive linemen in starting roles.

Redskins reclaim the lead | Redskins 17, Giants 10

Kirk Cousins found wide receiver Josh Doctson along the left sideline of the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown pass to retake the lead.


In one of the worst sequences you’ll see on a football field, the Redskins failed to attempt a play on a fourth-and-1 situation at the Giants’ 45 during the fourth quarter. Washington initially brought out the punt, but called a timeout to bring the offense back out on the field. The Redskins couldn’t get the right personnel on the field, however, as they broke the huddle with six seconds left on the play clock. Kirk Cousins attempted to burn another timeout, but the play clock expired and resulted in a delay of game. Washington was forced to punt. It’s been that kind of night for this team. — Master Tesfatsion

It’s a punt … no, the Redskins are going for it … no, it’s a delay of game

In a series of events that must be infuriating to Redskins fans, yet perfectly fits the theme of this putrid game, the Redskins first elected to punt on a fourth-and-1 from the Giants’ 45-yard line. Then the Redskins called time out to revisit the decision and opted to send the offense back on the field … only they didn’t send a play with them. The play clock expired without the ball ever being snapped. After a five-yard delay of game penalty, the Redskins punted, giving the ball back to the Giants with a little over 10 minutes remaining in a 10-10 game.

Kirk Cousins sacked for sixth time

Coming into the game, the Washington patchwork offensive line was a focal point against they typically strong New York pass rush. It has not held up well to this point.

Redskins reeling, but get Moses back

Just when the Redskins had an opportunity to take control of the game, the Giants snag a pick-six. Kirk Cousins’s pass pinged off the outstretched hands of Byron Marshall and right to Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who returned it for the touchdown.

As if the score wasn’t bad enough, right tackle Morgan Moses was slow to get up after the play. One the first plays of the ensuing possession, Moses went down again suffering a knee injury. He missed four plays, but returned to the game at the start of the fourth quarter.

Washington is already down three starting offensive linemen — using backups at left tackle, left guard and center — which has resulted in five sacks through three quarters. — Master Tesfatsion

Morgan Moses leaves game

Redskins right tackle Morgan Moses left the game after a Giants defender rolled onto his left leg late in the third quarter.

Tyler Catalina replaced him at right tackle. The Washington offensive line now has one remaining starter from the group that began the season.

Pick-six swings momentum to Giants | Redskins 10, Giants 10

Janoris Jenkins snared a pass tipped into the air by running back Byron Marshall and returned it 52-yards for a touchdown to knot the score at 10 with 2:52 remaining in the third quarter.

The Giants got the interception just when it seemed the Redskins were starting to get their offense in order. Now the momentum swings back to New York.

Perine returns to game after brief exit

The Redskins were already short on running backs entering the night and it had another scare in the third quarter. Samaje Perine was on the injury report with a finger injury coming into the game and left in the third quarter due to the same injury. He returned late in the third, however.

Crowder is coming on

It took nearly 39 minutes, but we finally have a touchdown. Kirk Cousins connected with Jamison Crowder for the 15-yard touchdown to give the Redskins their first lead of the game with 6:40 left in the third quarter. Crowder has been arguably the lone bright spot in this game, producing explosive plays for Washington’s stagnant offense.

Crowder has five catches for 99 yards, including a 33-yard reception on the scoring drive to get Washington in the red zone. Crowder has been limited this season because of a lingering hamstring injury, but that’s now three straight productive games for the third-year wide receiver. — Master Tesfatsion

Washington finds the end zone | Redskins 10, Giants 3

Though it looked like the drive would ultimately end in a field goal, Kirk Cousins scrambled to buy some time for wide receiver Jamison Crowder to uncover in the end zone and haul in a 15-yard touchdown catch on third-and-goal with 6:32 remaining in the third quarter.

Redskins, Giants both fail to score on first possessions of third quarter

You were expecting something different?

Halftime analysis: Redskins 3, Giants 3

The Redskins and Giants went into the locker room at halftime tied at 3. Both teams have dealt with a number of injuries this season, and it showed in their first half performances. Neither team eclipsed 125 total yards in a game lacking productive drives.

New York’s field goal occurred on a 16-play drive that went 70 yards, averaging 4.37 yards per play before Aldrick Rosas connected on his 30-yard field goal attempt.

For Washington, it benefited from a 37-yard defensive pass interference penalty to get in the red zone for the first time, but the drive quickly stalled. Nick Rose connected from 28 yards out with 18 seconds left before halftime.

While it’s hard to see the second half being any worse than the first, both the Redskins and Giants are depending on backup offensive linemen in the trenches. It could be another mind-numbing half in a game, but Washington desperately needs to win to salvage whatever shot it still has at a playoff spot. — Master Tesfatsion

Redskins tie it up before halftime

With a minute remaining in the first half, Giants defensive back Ross Cockrell grabbed Josh Doctson and hauled him down at the 11-yard line, drawing a flag for pass interference and putting the Redskins in scoring range for the first time all game. Washington couldn’t do much more, however, settling for a 28-yard Nick Rose field goal to tie the game at three and striking fear into the hearts of many that this ugly game may become an longer, ugly overtime game.

Giants take 3-0 lead

It took over 20 minutes of game time, but the game is no longer a 0-0 tie. The Giants’ Aldrick Rosas kicked a 30-yard field goal to put New York out front with four minutes left in the second quarter. The kick capped a 16-play, 60-yard drive that took 8 minutes, 29 seconds off the clock.

First quarter ends, meaning time is not, in fact, standing still

It was a scoreless, and dreadful, first quarter that was anything but watchable. There were more punts, five, than first downs, four. Both teams combined to go 1-of-7 on third down. On the most productive drive, Josh Doctson went out of bounds, untouched, for 14 yards on a third-and-15. Washington went for it on fourth down, though the attempt was unsuccessful. The energy at the FedEx Field reflects that of a preseason game with the sloppy play from both teams reflective of an exhibition game. — Master Tesfatsion

No flow early

Yardage has been hard to come by for both offenses in the first quarter, so if you’re just turning on the game now, rest assured you’ve missed nothing.

Kerrigan in good company

With a sack on the Giants’ second series, Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan achieved an impressive milestone.

Special teams gaffe costs Redskins

After a Tress Way punt should have been downed inside the 15-yard line, Washington special-teamer Pete Robertson snapped it up and ran it into the end zone … which by rule results in a touchback. So instead of backing up the Giants up against the goal line, New York got the ball at the 20. It proved to matter little as the Washington defense again got the stop.

Three-and-out to start for the Redskins D

Although they were aided by a drop by Giants tight end Evan Engram, the Redskins defense forced the Giants off the field after just three plays, perhaps providing a little confidence after the disappointing finish last week against the Saints.

Ailing Redskins suit up for a must-win game without Trent Williams

It’s a must-win situations Thanksgiving night for Washington against a struggling Giants team that hasn’t quite rolled over yet. Complicating the matter for the Redskins, injuries continue to ravage the team, particularly the offensive line. The entire left side of the starting line is out Thursday night, while the team will use its third-string center, Tony Bergstrom.

Injury report and inactives

Injuries continue to plague Washington as the team’s injured reserve list now runs 15 names long. Additionally, tight end Jordan Reed, center Chase Roullier, defensive lineman Terrell McClain and safety Montae Nicholson already were ruled out before Thursday.

Then things got worse. Left tackle Trent Williams, still bothered by a right knee injury that will require surgery, was put on the inactive list prior to kickoff, along with inside linebacker Martrell Spaight.

Zach Vigil will start in place of Spaight, while Ty Nsekhe, who has battled a core muscle injury throughout the season, will replace Williams at left tackle.

You can read more on each injury coming into today’s game and potential impact here.

New York Giants (2-8) at Washington Redskins (4-6)
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET, FedEx Field
Radio: 980 AM; 92.7 and 94.3 FM
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Line: Redskins by 7.5, o/u 44.5
Box score: Updates every 60 seconds here
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