The first half of the game was hard to watch, especially with the gruesome injury that took place. New York Giants offensive lineman Nick Gates broke his leg in the first quarter. Last week, he was the team’s starting center, and he was moved to left guard (LG) before this game on a short week to replace the previous LG, Shane Lemieux. Lemieux was sidelined by a knee injury in the game against the Broncos and has since been put on IR. Billy Price, the former Bengals 2018 first-round pick, started at center for this game. Needless to say, the team had to shuffle their offensive line once again with this new injury.
Following the trend of last week, the game score was 14–10 at halftime, with Washington taking the lead. Players were definitely limited in what they could do: RB Saquon Barkley only had five rushing attempts in the first half, while RB Antonio Gibson had seven. WR Kenny Golladay had one reception on three targets, while WR Darius Slayton didn’t even get targeted once. It was a slower half, to say the least.
On the other hand, the second half of the game became more interesting as the teams began to trade blows. This was a game where both teams continued to get the ball downfield but would then have their drives be stopped. Big plays (some over 10 yards), then deflating ones. At least it was livelier than the first half, as three of the four third-quarter drives resulted in points, making it nine out of 12 drives with points scored. Compare that to the first half, where there were scores on only four of the 10 drives.
It was a close game in the fourth quarter, with six out of eight drives resulting in either a TD (one) or a FG (five) for both sides. QB Taylor Heinicke made a huge mistake by throwing the ball into coverage, with CB James Bradberry intercepting the ball and putting the Giants on Washington’s 20-yard line. The game is now at 27–26, with Washington leading and a little more than two minutes left. This was something that we saw throughout the game, where he trusted his WR Terry McLaurin just a bit too much. Previous to this, many of the balls thrown were behind the WRs, but they (especially McLaurin) continued to make plays and catches when needed.
Prior to the interception, WR Darius Slayton had a wide-open reception that would have given the Giants the lead but it was an incomplete pass, unfortunately. Washington was able to force a three-and-out and the Giants had to punt the ball. Now, back to the action: the Giants are at the Washington 20-yard line with 2:16 left on the clock. Things did not go their way, however, as they were forced to kick a FG after another three-and-out, making it a 29–27 lead for them. They made the mistake of giving Washington the ball with two whole minutes left on the clock and a timeout.
Almost going three-and-out themselves, Washington was able to get themselves out of a jam. New York had two major penalties for 10 yards in the final minutes of the game that continued to give Washington yardage. In the final seconds of the game, K Dustin Hopkins missed the game-winning field goal, which seemed disappointing. However, New York had committed a costly penalty (their second one of the quarter) that gave Washington an additional five yards, a first down, and (most importantly) another try at a field goal. As the final attempt went up, it looked like it may go outside once again, but it curved back in. In a game that saw five lead changes (four in the fourth quarter alone), this is the wild, wild NFC East!
My WFT Key Player: WR Terry McLaurin– 11 receptions, 107 yards, one TD.
Beyond the stats, McLaurin continued to make plays on balls that would have otherwise been off, which is why he is my choice for WFT’s key player as well as the player of the game.
My Giants Key Player: QB Daniel Jones– 22 completions/32 attempts, 249 yards, one passing TD, nine rushes for 95 yards, one rushing TD.
Sure, these may not look like remarkable numbers, but Jones did have an all-around performance, which is why he is my key Giants player. He was five yards away from a 100-yard rushing game as a quarterback, and he did so on fewer rushes than his RB1 Saquon Barkley (13 rushes for 57 yards). Even if you take away Jones’ 46-yard rush, he had a respectable 49 yards on eight rushes.
Standings As of Now
Philadelphia Eagles (1–0)
Washington Football Team (1–1)
Dallas Cowboys (0–1)
New York Giants (0–2)
- Cover Photo: https://opoyi.com/new-york-giants-vs-washington-football-team-all-you-need-to-know-about-the-nfl-encounter
- Statistics: https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/new-york-giants-washington-football-team-20210916028/?section=stats
Edited By: Rupayan “Abs” Samanta.