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Experts analyze Giants after Sunday win

By eliminating the Washington Redskins from playoff contention with a 24-17 victory, the Giants stayed alive to fight another week in a trying season for the franchise.

After starting 0-6, the Giants have won five of their last six games and sit two games in back of Dallas and Philadelphia for the NFC East lead. With a winning season still in the picture for the Giants, here is a taste of what they're saying around the league about Big Blue:

"Defensive Players of the Week: Justin Tuck, defensive end. Entering play Sunday night with 2.5 sacks, he trapped Robert Griffin III four times and had five tackles. The impressive part of his sacks: Two came from interior rushes, where he beat/overpowered guards, and two came from the edge. On one of them, Tuck sprinted and caught Griffin from behind. On nights like this Tuck still looks like one of the best defensive linemen in football."

"Tuck's time to get the sacks was Sunday. With fellow defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul out with a shoulder injury, Tuck and [Mathias] Kiwanuka weren't coming off the field against the Redskins, and they felt added responsibility to deliver in a big way. Tuck realized what he was doing was special as he was doing it, but he still managed to maintain the same mellow focus that has guided him through a 2013 season that hasn't been easy for him or the team."

"Andre Brown continues reinvigorating the running game in New York. Eli Manning can't stop making mistakes but he's making less of them? Probably too big a hole for New York in their division but the pass rush showed up and gave them a little hope."


Jim Corbett, USA TODAY Sports**](

"A night that began with such promise ended in the quiet sadness of a Washington Redskins locker room where an air of season-ending finality hung heavy. A half hour earlier, the New York Giants had found a way to rally from a two-touchdown deficit for a 24-17 victory that kept their faint playoff hopes alive while officially eliminating the 3-9 Redskins."

"The Giants charged back to tie the game by halftime. When they fell behind again in the third quarter, their response was to surge back yet again. The result was the Giants' fifth victory in their last six games, a 24-17 defeat of Washington in an uneven but conclusive game. The Redskins (3-9) are no doubt a substandard team, but the Giants, losing by 14 points on the road, nonetheless rallied to an improbable victory.

"The result keeps alive the Giants' exceedingly tenuous playoff hopes. It also means the Giants (5-7) can still finish the season with a winning record."

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