Even before the New York Giants fell to the Dallas Cowboys in heartbreaking fashion on Sunday afternoon, they had already cemented themselves in the NFC East basement for the second consecutive season.
However, by allowing another late lead to slip through their fingers, the Giants confirmed they were where they belonged to be, at least for now, in last place. Again.
Making matters worse, the rest of the NFC East ended the regular season on a high note — a very high note. Well, expect for the Washington Redskins, that is.
Here’s a quick look at the final NFC East standings of 2018.
With nothing to play for in Week 17, the playoff-bound Cowboys threw a bit of a mixed bag at the Giants, resting some of their starters, but playing most. In the end, that decision paid off in the form of a come-from-behind victory with roughly 1:00 remaining. The win will propel Dallas into a first-round matchup with the dangerous Seattle Seahawks.
Remarkably, once again led by Nick Foles, the Eagles were able to find a small gap in the NFL wall, which they powered through en route to the playoffs thanks to a little help from the Chicago Bears, who they will now play in the NFC wildcard game this coming weekend. And considering how far back Philadelphia appeared just recently, their second half surge will now provide them an opportunity to defend the Super Bowl title.
The Redskins completed their second half collapse in Week 17, falling to the aforementioned Eagles and dropping their record to 7-9 on the season (1-6 over their final seven games). It was a rapid fall from grace for Washington, who now face an offseason of uncertainty and almost assuredly some coaching changes even if Jay Gruden ultimately remains.
So close. The Giants were so close all season and just couldn’t get it done at the end of games. They feel like they’re on the cusp of something good if you take a moment to step back and really examine it, but that won’t change the critics and detractors from targeting them all offseason. But don’t expect too many changes. Odds are, the Giants will do some work to their offensive line and add some pieces on defense, but that will be about it.