Given that the New York Giants were once 0-6 with injuries mounting, it's quite the feat that they're not the first team to be eliminated from playoff contention in the NFC East.
The Giants are soldiering on with postseason hopes alive in December, having won five of six, while the Washington Redskins are officially going nowhere.
New York rallied from an early two-touchdown deficit to beat Washington 24-17 Sunday night, keeping the Giants (5-7) two games behind division leaders Dallas and Philadelphia with four to play.
"We're almost accustomed to putting ourselves in bad situations," said Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, who had four sacks in the second half.
On the offensive side, Eli Manning, who completed 22 of 28 passes, and Victor Cruz, who caught 6 of them for 80 yards, led New York.
As for the Redskins (3-9), they won't be repeating their NFC East title. They've lost four straight and won't be in the playoffs for the 17th time in 21 years. The NFL gave them five prime-time games this season; they lost all five.
"When you're out of it, yeah, it's very disappointing. ... You don't like to play for pride," Washington coach Mike Shanahan said, "but sometimes that's the card that's dealt, and that's where we're at right now.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.