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Sept 29, 1:00 PM Redskins at Giants
Game 4
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Giants win over Washington 24-3

"Two wins in a row. We have to keep this going! Am I a fool for being overly excited that my team now has a 2-2 record? Well ask anyone at MetLife Stadium how they feel. A loss today to the Redskins would have seemed more in line with what we fans have come to expect, and had experienced last year when the Giants went 5-11. On the other hand, the reward for that, is that they were able to grab Daniel Jones in the draft.
That wouldn't have felt so good today if the Giants had lost with Jones playing poorly, leaving us with the feeling that his game last week, where he had two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns, was just a fluke. Jones didn't do that this week. He threw for one touchdown and two interceptions in this game, and while he didn't run for a touchdown, his agility really showed up on one play that I won't soon forget.
In the third quarter Jones escaped from a collapsing pocket in a fashion that reminded me of Eli Manning's great escape in the Super Bowl game where he threw a long pass to David Tyree who made the 'helmet catch'. Jones didn't do that, but he broke free and ran 16 yards turning a 3rd-and-13 play into a first down. The Giants were already up 24-3, and that play put them at the Redskins 25-yard line.
Unfortunately this drive ended at the Washington 2-yard line when running back Jonathan Hilliman fumbled the ball away. Like everyone else, I was wishing that Wayne Gallman had been carrying the ball instead. Then we all had to rethink that, as Gallman fumbled the ball away a few drives later. Thanks to two follow up interceptions by the Giants defense, the score didn't change, and there wasn't enough time left in the game for Washington to do much.
Rookie Dwayne Haskins was seeing his first action of the season after replacing quarterback Case Keenum in the second quarter, and the defense intercepted him for the third time on his last drive. The Giants needed only one first down to run the clock, and after they did that the fans got to enjoy a home game win. That happened only twice all last year. I hope it continues next week when the Minnesota Vikings show up."

"The Giants defense came up big in this game. Aside from intercepting Case Keenum on Washington's first drive of the game, by the end of the half, they had held Washington to just four first downs, with three of them coming only after Dwayne Haskins took over in the second quarter. Keenum was largely ineffective, completing 6 of 11 passes for 37 yards, and throwing one interception.
Haskins came in after Daniel Jones had thrown his second interception, and the Redskins were at the Giants 37 yard line. His presence inspired Adrian Peterson, who took the ball and ran for 9 yards. Up till then, Peterson had been held to 9 yards on three carries. Haskins scramble for 14 yards gave his team a first-and-goal at the Giants 1-yard line. The Giants defense held on three plays, and already down 14-0, Jay Gruden opted for the easy field goal. The Giants came back with one of their own to end the half leading 17-3.
As for the Giants on offense, it all wasn't great. In the first half, Jones had thrown back to back interceptions. In the second half, both running backs fumbled the ball away. They were lucky that the Redskins were trying out Haskins, because each time the defense followed up with an interception on the following drive. Wayne Gallman's fumble gave the Redskins the ball in scoring position at the Giants 37-yard line.
Earlier Jonathan Hilliman had fumbled at the Washington 2-yard line, and Jabrill Peppers intercepted Haskins pass, and ran it back 32 yards for a touchdown. Thanks to sloppy play by the offense, those were the only points scored by the Giants in the whole second half.
Overall, and as expected, Jones is still in learning mode. In his first game he fumbled twice, took a number of hits, and was sacked five times. In this game he avoided sacks, but threw two interceptions. These mistakes are drive killers, and don't put points on the board. The Minnesota Vikings are up next, followed by the Patriots. Their defenses rank in the top five, limiting teams from scoring."

First Quarter

Play: Wayne Gallman 6 Yd pass from Daniel Jones (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 8 plays, 32 yards, 5:15
Giants 7-0

Second Quarter

Play: Wayne Gallman 1 Yd Run (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 13 plays, 94 yards, 6:59
Giants 14-0

Play: Dustin Hopkins 21 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 34 yards, 4:21
Giants 14-3

Play: Aldrick Rosas 30 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 63 yards, 2:14
Giants 17-3

Third Quarter

Play: Jabrill Peppers 32 Yd Interception Return (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 2 plays, 20 yards, 0:36
Giants 24-3

Fourth Quarter



Giants have scored on all their opening drives this season: 3 touchdowns, and 1 field goal.

Giants held an opponent to three points for the first time since 2012.

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