|Jerrel Jernigan celebrates a touchdown. (AP photo)|
The Giants now hobble into the offseason, as injuries knocked Eli Manning, Will Beatty, Hakeem Nicks, Rueben Randle and James Brewer all out of the game Sunday. Beatty's injury is the most serious, as he broke his right leg. While all injuries are terrible, it allowed young players to step up and audition for bigger roles with the team next season, led by wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan.
Here's our closer look at the Giants victory over the Redskins and who deserves Game Balls for the final time this season. We'll spare the Game Falls this time around, as the injuries are bad enough.
Jerrel Jernigan: Perhaps no player on the Giants this season had a bigger emergence than Jernigan. He caught six passes for 90 yards and a touchdown against Washington. He also added two rushes for 57 yards, including a 49-yard scoring run on the final play of the third quarter. That score put the Giants up 17-6. Jernigan has benefited the most of injuries to Victor Cruz, earlier against Seattle, and Nicks and Randle Sunday. He had six catches for 80 yards and a touchdown against Detroit last week and had seven receptions for 67 yards against the Seahawks before that. Jernigan could be the team's third receiver next season, behind Cruz and Randle.
Justin Tuck: If this was Tuck's final season in New York, he certainly went out with a bang. Tuck had two more sacks against Washington Sunday, bringing his season total to 11. Tuck has six sacks alone against the Redskins this season. The defensive end wants to return next season, but he's a free agent and the Giants could decide to go younger on the defensive line. Considering Tuck shouldn't break the bank, it would make sense to bring him back, especially since he wants to play for the Giants.
Giants Cornerbacks: Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was 19-of-49 in the game, throwing a whopping 30 incompletions. Giants cornerbacks Terrell Thomas, Prince Amukamara and Trumaine McBride had a huge day in the defensive backfield, combining for 11 pass defenses. McBride had six, Thomas had three and Amukamara added two. As a team, the Giants had 17 total pass breakups, a huge number. Pierre Garcon was held to six catches for 56 yards. Aldrick Robinson caught three passes for 33 yards and Santana Moss had two grabs for 12 yards. The three receivers were targeted a combined 28 times.
Jon Beason: In his possible last game as as Giant, Beason again led the team in tackles, totaling nine, including eight solo. Beason returning will be one of the toughest decisions this offseason for the Giants.
Jacquian Williams: The linebacker had seven tackles against Washington and added three pass defenses to the swat party. Williams had a very good season.