The Washington Redskins potentially saved its season Thursday night, though it wasn’t particularly pretty to watch.
In the team’s first-ever Thanksgiving home game, the Redskins defeated the New York Giants 20-10, keeping its faint playoff hopes alive after losing four of the previous five games.
Kirk Cousins was 19 of 32 for 242 yards and two touchdowns, including a 14-yard go-ahead score to Josh Doctson late in the fourth that proved to be the game-winner. Cousins also threw a third-quarter pick-six that cornerback Janoris Jenkins returned 53 yards for the Giants’ only touchdown.
Besides those two plays, it was generally a sloppy, uneventful affair between the NFC East foes, filled with sacks, missed assignments and a bizarre fourth-quarter chain of events in which the Redskins contemplated going for a fourth-and-one opportunity, but ended up punting after attempting to illegally call consecutive timeouts and drawing a delay-of-game penalty instead.
Offensively, Washington (5-6) struggled as a number of new players adjusted to their roles, particularly the injury-decimated offensive line.
However, there were some bright spots. Running back Samaje Perine rushed 24 times for 100 yards, 97 of those yards coming in the second half, and wide receiver Jamison Crowder caught seven passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.
The Redskins defense sacked Giants quarterback Eli Manning six times, held the Giants (2-9) to only two third-down conversions in 12 attempts and made a key interception late in the game.
“I thought our defense was outstanding,” said Redskins head coach Jay Gruden. “I was very impressed with the newcomers along with the veterans who carried the load. They had to.”
Washington will go on the road next to face arch rival Dallas (5-6) on Thursday, Nov. 30.