1:00 PM Washington at Giants
lose to Washington 22-7
the last game of the season is in the books. The stadium wasn't packed to see
the Giants play this one out. The Giants defense looked like swiss cheese, with
Washington easily moving the ball downfield until they got down to the 4-yard
line. The defense held, and Washington settled for an easy field goal and three
point lead. Jake Fromm was the starting quarterback in this game, and the offense
showed some life for a change, and thanks in part to Fromm scrambling for 18 yards
on a third down play, they ended up with a 4th-and-1 at Washington's 47-yard line.
They got a freebie when they were going for it, as one of Washington's players
was hit with a neutral zone infraction. The next time they faced a 4th-and-1,
they were down to the 32-yard line. I thought they would send Graham Gano out
for a long field goal to tie the game. Instead, they ran some ill conceived play,
having wide receiver Alex Bachman run with the ball and not Saquon Barkley. I
guess that was supposed to surprise the opposition, but our offensive line looked
to have been confused as well. Bachman was soon out in the open with no blocker,
and was easily tackled for a loss.
The defense almost intercepted Taylor Heinicke
on the next drive, and then both teams didn't get very far as the game moved towards
halftime. With less than six minutes left the Giants got stuck with poor field
position, after a punt had them starting at their 3-yard line. Fromm threw a poor
pass to Elijhaa Penny, and then Penny was hit with a false start penalty. The
Giants now had a 2nd-and-11 from their 2-yard line. I couldn't believe that their
next two plays were quarterback sneaks.
They gave up on trying to make a first
down, and those plays gained them just 3 more yards for a punt from the endzone.
I saw Joe Judge go for two fourth down plays earlier on, and now this? The risk
of a safety was there of course, but the score would have been 5-0 if that happened.
Anyway, the punt had Washington starting at the Giants 46-yard line, but the defense
got them 3-and-out after Lorenzo Carter sacked Heinicke for a 7-yard loss. The
Giants got the ball back with about two and a half minutes left.
I was hoping
they could just hang onto it until the end of the half, because Giants fans know
what they have been seeing all season long when they don't, and spoiler alert,
it happened again. The Giants went 3-and-out, and after the punt, Washington had
the ball at their own 31 yard line with a minute and a half left. Heinicke's first
pass went for a 40-yard completion. Even though Leonard Williams sacked Heinicke
for a 10-yard loss, his next two passes gained 14 yards, and Washington's 43-yard
field goal had them up 6-0 at the half.
I wasn't crazy about all that I had
seen, but this game wasn't out of reach. The third quarter started off with the
Giants committing a false start on their first play. They actually made a first
down after that, but soon had to punt. Washington had the ball at their own 9-yard
line, and the Giants defense played as poorly as they had at the start of the
game. Washington had another long drive, but this time they were stopped out of
field goal range.
The Giants had a first down after three plays, but then
Fromm threw an interception, and that was returned for the first touchdown of
the game. Washington's 2-point conversion attempt failed, and they were now leading
12-0. I wasn't expecting much when the Giants got the ball back, but they surprised
me. They made two fourth down coversions, and this nice long drive ended with
Fromm throwing a 22 yard touchdown pass to Darius Slayton.
It was the first
actual offensive touchdown of the game, and the Giants were in reach now, trailing
12-7. Washington took the field and maybe figured if the Giants could do it, why
not them, and they did. Five minutes later they scored a touchdown. One play later,
Fromm was sacked and fumbled the ball over, giving Washington the ball at the
Giants 12-yard line. The Giants held them to a field goal and a 22-7 lead with
less then five minutes left.
After another sack on Fromm, the Giants were 3-and-out.
The next time Fromm got the ball, there was less than two minutes left to this
game and to the season. Fromm's last pass on this drive was on a desperation 4th-and-3
with nine seconds left, and he was intercepted. Right now, I'm just happy that
it's all over and done. The Giants finished up the season with just four wins.
I don't know what the Giants plans are for next year, but things have to get better."
Giants knew Washington was much better stopping the run than the pass, so guess
what they did. In the first half there were 14 runs, and 7 passes. Admittedly,
the offense was non productive no matter what they attempted to do, and they ended
up with only one first down, just one, when quarterback Jake Fromm took off for
an 18 yard run.
During that first half, Saquon Barkley and Devontae Booker
combined for 10 carries for 20 yards. That's how bad things were on the offensive
side of the ball. Meanwhile, the defense held up and limited Washington to just
6 points, so the Giants were somehow still in this game, losing to Washington
with a manageable 6-0 score.
By default, the Giants had to pass more in the
second half, and by the end of the game, Fromm had thrown the ball 31 times, completing
15 for 103 yards and 1 touchdown. He threw 2 interceptions, with one being on
the last play of the game. Fromm also had another long run for 27 yards, and he
ended up being the lead rusher for the game with 5 carries for 53 yards. Barkley
and Booker's lack of production remained consistent, with them totaling 44 yards
on 19 carries.
On offense, too many things went wrong for the Giants this
year. To improve the passing game, they had signed wide receivers Kenny Golladay
and John Ross, and tight end Kyle Rudolph. The Giants also drafted Kadarius Toney
with their first selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. Add that to what they already
had, Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, and Evan Engram, and they looked set to
go. Saquon Barkley was returning following the ACL injury he suffered last season,
so all of the weapons were intact.
None of the players I mentioned played
the full season. Shepard missed 10 games, and Ross and Toney, each missed 7. With
that, only one player on the team had more first down catches than Toney, who
tied Engram's mark at 21. Golladay led the team with 27 first downs, and Shepard
was fourth on the list with 19. The Giants were wise to sign Devontae Booker to
back up Barkley, who clearly was not at full strength this year. Booker averaged
4.1 yards a carry to Barkley's 3.7, and both running backs finished up with each
having 593 rushing yards.
The neck injury Daniel Jones sustained in the game
with Philadelphia was of course a big setback for the Giants. The Giants were
3-2 in the last games Jones played, before losing the last six straight without
him. The defense was put in poor field position a number of times, and the Giants
lost those games by a combined score of 163-56. The offense turned the ball over
14 times, including two pick-sixes that added to that score, and the defense created
Next year Joe Judge will have to get with his trainers and
look into why the players are sustaining so many injuries, and that includes to
the offensive line. Andrew Thomas was the one bright spot there, and they need
to build from the next draft. Dave Gettleman will be retiring, and hopefully the
Giants will come up with a general manager who will do a better job than what
they have seen over the last few years."
| First Quarter
- FIELD GOAL
Joey Slye 23 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 76 yards, 5:57
Second Quarter |
- FIELD GOAL
Joey Slye 43 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 44 yards, 1:34
Third Quarter |
Bobby McCain 30 Yd Interception Return (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive info: 4 plays, 12 yards, 2:03
| Fourth Quarter
Darius Slayton 22 Yd pass from Jake Fromm (Graham Gano Kick)
Drive info: 14
plays, 69 yards, 7:17
Antonio Gibson 18 Yd Run (Joey Slye Kick)
Drive info: 8 plays, 72 yards, 4:56
- FIELD GOAL
Joey Slye 23 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 7 yards, 1:40
scored just two touchdowns on 46 offensive possessions in their final four games.
passed for less than 200 net yards in each of their last nine games.
lost their sixth consecutive game, their longest season-ending losing streak since
they lost their final eight games in 2003.Giants
have been outscored 79-0 in the last two minutes of the first half this season.
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