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Sunday, December 29, 2013
Rapid Reaction: New York Giants

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A few thoughts on the New York Giants' season-ending 20-6 victory over the Washington Redskins:

What it means: The game result couldn't possibly mean any less. But the injury toll in the Giants' finale was alarming. Quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks left in the second quarter with sprained ankles. Guard James Brewer and wide receiver Rueben Randle left earlier in the game with injuries. And left tackle Will Beatty had to be carted off the field in the third quarter with a broken right leg. The Giants have eight months before their next meaningful game, but obviously they'll hope none of those injuries is serious enough to affect the players' offseason preparations. You'd have to think Beatty's is, at least.

Stock watch: Justin Tuck and Jerrel Jernigan, UP. Tuck added two more sacks to give him six in two games against the Redskins this year and 11 total -- the third-highest single-season total of his career. Jernigan caught a first-half touchdown pass and ran 49 yards for a rushing touchdown in the third quarter, and his emergence as a legitimate weapon was one of the few feel-good stories of the latter part of the Giants' rotten season.

What's next: The Giants head into the offseason with a ton of questions on both sides of the ball. They have 24 unrestricted free agents and will pick somewhere in the No. 9-15 range in the first round of the draft in May. They need three starting offensive linemen (maybe four, depending on how bad Beatty's injury turns out to be), a wide receiver, a tight end, a running back, a cornerback and assorted linebackers and defensive linemen. Time to get to work.