Trent Murphy and the Washington Redskins were playing for their playoff lives Sunday against their NFC East rival New York Giants, but their bid for the postseason came up just short.
D.C. was facing a win-or-go-home scenario but came up short, falling 19-10 at FedEx Field.
“Anytime you end your season after the seventeenth week, there’s got a lot of work to do,” said coach Jay Gruden. “It’s not good enough. The standards are set high around here, and we didn’t reach any of them. Other than getting a winning season was one of our goals that we wanted, other than that, we failed on a lot of accounts. We’ve got to coach better and play better, and turn the page and try to do some better things.”
The Giants outscored the Redskins 10-0 in the first half on a Robbie Gould field goal and a Rashad Jennings rushing touchdown. The Redskins got on the board in third quarter following an 11-play, 76- yard drive culminating in a 32-yard Dustin Hopkins field goal. TM made a big play on the preceding drive, taking down Jennings on third down to force a punt.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Trent teamed up with Will Compton for a key tackle on running back Paul Perkins on 2nd-and-3 to force a 3rd-and-2. The Washington defense stopped Perkins once again on the following play, forcing a punt. That set the stage for Washington to tie the game on a Jordan Reed touchdown catch on the ensuing drive, knotting the game at 10.
Despite the late rally, the Redskins couldn’t secure a victory. Robbie Gould connected on the game-deciding 40-yard field goal with just over two minutes left in the game. Kirk Cousins was leading the D.C. offense into New York territory on the following drive, but Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie intercepted the Redskins’ QB all-but sealing Washington’s fate.
The Redskins had one final shot down 13-10, but as they pitched the ball around the field, hoping for a miracle, it was scooped up and returned for the game-ending touchdown by the New York defense.
Trent finished with four total tackles and two solos, bringing his season totals to 47 total tackles, nine sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He finished eighth on the team with 675 defensive snaps for the season.
While the loss is certainly not in the Redskins’ hopes, the franchise has to be thrilled with the big strides taken by the Arizona native this season. He posted career-high numbers across the board, proving himself as a top-end talent worthy of his second-round draft selection.
“Just like that, your season’s over,” said Gruden. “You just got to say goodbye. Hopefully see y’all next year. I appreciate your hard work, because they all did work hard. Played hard, we just weren’t good enough, didn’t get it done today.”