8:20 PM Giants at Washington
win over Washington 20-12
Giants didn't look good on their first two possessions, and Washington had used
up most of the first quarter on their two turns. They were controlling the ball,
and had one field goal to show for it. The Giants defense decided they had enough
of this, and after the Giants punted, a few plays into the second quarter, Kayvon
Thibodeaux knocked the ball out of Taylor Heinicke's hand, recovered it, and scored
The lifeless Giants were suddenly up 7-3. The defense was right
back there on the field, and this time the Commanders got midfield before they
punted. The Giants offense had made less than ten plays up to this point, and
I didn't have much hope that they would go far starting off from their own 3-yard
line. Well, they decided to flex their muscles as well.
Daniel Jones got the
team down to the Washington 35-yard line, and the Giants went for it on a 4th-and-9.
Jones hit Richie James for 11 yards, and then Isaiah Hodgins took the next pass
19 yards down to the Washington 5-yard line. Jones ran for 2 yards, and Saquon
Barkley took a direct snap and rushed the ball into the endzone for a touchdown.
was an impressive drive that lasted over eight and a half minutes, past the two
minute warning. The Commanders didn't go far on their next drive and after they
punted the Giants took a knee. I knew it was going to be a tough game, and it
was encouraging to see the Giants up 14-3 at the half.
The Giants didn't look
as impressive starting off the third quarter, and that went for the defense as
well, letting the Commanders drive 91 yards for a touchdown, making one first
down after another. Every play was a big one except for the extra point kick and
now the score was 14-9. The Giants offense got back on track and their drive ended
with a 50 yard Graham Gano field goal.
It was still a one score game, and
Washington moved closer when they later added a field goal. Their next drive was
set to put them ahead when they got down to the Giants 5-yard line, but Heinicke
was sacked by Dexter Lawrence and Azeez Ojulari, and Leonard Williams recovered
the football. The Giants offense came in and stayed on the move, using time until
the two minute warning when Gano came in and kicked a 50 yard field goal.
Giants were up by eight points, and Washington came up with a good punt return.
They soon had a third down at the Giants 1-yard line, and ran the ball in for
a touchdown, but wait! It was called back. Washington had drawn an illegal formation
penalty. Then on fourth down, Heinicke's six yard pass to the endzone was broken
up by cornerback Darnay Holmes. The Giants needed to kneel down twice to wrap
up the game. This big 20-12 win puts the Giants up over the Commanders in the
division, and that goes a long way in improving their chances to make it into
Washington fans probably liked the way things were going at the start of this
game. The Commanders were moving the ball well, and their defense twice had the
Giants off the field fairly fast. The Commanders were up 3-0 on their third possession,
when rookie linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux had a one yard fumble recovery touchdown
after he stripped the ball out of quarterback Taylor Heinicke’s hand.
Giants then stopped the Commanders next efforts, and mounted an 18 play 93 yard
drive that ended with a three yard touchdown run by Saquon Barkley. They made
seven first downs including one pass on a fourth down to Richie James, on what
may have been their longest drive of the season. When the half ended, the Giants
were up 14-3.
If you look at the numbers, the Commanders running backs, Brian
Robinson Jr. and Antonio Gibson had averaged 6.8 and 5 yards a carry on the 12
times they'd run with the ball for a total of 74 yards. Barkley had just 13 yards
on 7 carries, but 2 went for first downs, and another was a touchdown. Barkley
also caught all 3 passes Jones tossed to him, and one was a first down.
had thrown for 104 yards, missing on only 4 of his 16 passes, and was averaging
6.5 yards a pass. Heinicke had completed 7 of his 13 passes for 43 yards, and
had taken 2 sacks.
Washington knew they would have to stop Darius Slayton,
and he was 0-2 on the passes Jones threw to him on the Giants first drive, and
no more went his way. Isaiah Hodgins and Richie James did all the damage, combining
for 7 catches on seven passes, and they became Washington's main focus in the
second half. Hodgins had no more catches and James just one. The Giants adjusted
as well, and Slayton caught the next 5 passes that came his way.
able to break through more, and 11 carries totaled 74 yards, giving him a 4.8
average on the day. Washington kept it close, scoring a touchdown on their first
drive of the second half, but later in the fourth quarter, a sack fumble on Heinicke
at the Giants 5-yard line killed their drive. Head Coach Brian Daboll had to throw
the challenge flag to make the refs realize the ball was fumbled.
had made two costly turnovers and then near the end of the game, had a touchdown
run from the Giants 1-yard line called back because of the way one of their receivers
had lined up. The Giants hung on in this one, and finished with a 20-12 win. The
Giants edged up a notch on the Commanders, but they're still not there yet. We'll
see where their playoff chances end up next Saturday when they travel to Minnesota
to take on the Vikings."
| First Quarter
Slye 41 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 47 yards, 4:52
| Second Quarter
Kayvon Thibodeaux 1 Yd Fumble Return (Graham Gano Kick)
Drive info: 2 plays,
-17 yards, 0:58
Saquon Barkley 3 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick)
Drive info: 18 plays, 97 yards,
Third Quarter |
Jahan Dotson 19 Yd pass from Taylor Heinicke
Drive info: 6 plays, 91 yards,
Gano 50 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 43 yards, 5:27
| Fourth Quarter
Slye 51 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 25 yards, 2:51
Gano 50 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 54 yards, 4:11
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