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And the Redskins hold tiebreakers over Tampa Bay and Minnesota by virtue of head-to-head victories. They also hold the tiebreaker with Seattle by virtue of their superior record against NFC opponents.

Washington’s outlook improved even more during the late afternoon. New Orleans, which entered Sunday having won five of its last six, lost to San Francisco to drop into a tie with Washington at 5-6.

The Redskins moved ahead of New Orleans in the conference standings by virtue of their head-to-head victory over the Saints in Week 1.

All of that means the Redskins have a chance. Despite major injury problems and missed opportunities during the first half of the season, they could make the playoffs if they keep winning.

That begins with Monday’s game against New York. The Redskins have rallied using a one-game-at-a-time approach, and even though their course from ashes to the postseason is coming into focus, they are determined not to stray from the mindset that got them here.

“Our guys have stepped up the last couple weeks,” Shanahan said. “Our backs were against the wall. Hopefully, we continue to do that. I think we have the focus to go week by week and try to play our best game because it will take that type of effort to beat the Giants.

“I like our football team, where we’re at and how hard players are working. It’s not a finished product, by no means, but we’re on the right track.”