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Experts analyze Giants after season finale

Thanks to a big day from Jerrel Jernigan and another solid performance by the defense, the Giants capped the 2013 season with a 20-6 victory over the Washington Redskins.

With the Giants winning seven of their last 10 games to finish 7-9 overall, here is what they're saying around the league about Big Blue:

In a span of nine quarters, Jerrel Jernigan went from a draft bust to a potential viable receiving option for the New York Giants in 2014. Jernigan continued his hot play since Victor Cruz was lost for the season by torching the Redskins for 147 total yards and two touchdowns in the Giants' 20-6 win over Washington on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Jernigan caught six balls for 90 yards and a score, and rushed twice for 57 yards and a touchdown.

Tom Coughlin is probably coming back for one more season, and he should. He can still coach.

Eli Manning's first pass of the 2013 season was an interception. So was his last. It may seem too obvious to sum up the Giants' disastrous year with bookend turnovers by the player who is the face of the franchise, but it is hard to ignore the symmetry and the symbolism. If there was a play that exemplified the Giants on offense this season, it was the interception, usually one batted in the air. That was precisely how Manning's last pass was picked off Sunday afternoon. As an added affront in a season full of insult and injury, Manning, who has started 151 consecutive N.F.L. games, left after the first-half interception with a high ankle sprain.

Larry Hartstein,

Giants quarterback Eli Manning is not concerned about the ankle injury that knocked him out Week 17. "It's still sprained, but it should heal up pretty quickly," he said. Manning threw 18 touchdowns and a league-high 27 interceptions this season. He said the offense will benefit if everyone is able to participate in the offseason program and work on timing and fundamentals. Last year, receivers Victor Cruz (contract) and Hakeem Nicks (groin) did not attend the entire program.

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