Washington wins a thriller over the Giants, captures first victory of the season (9-17-21)

By: Joe Dillard Jr.

Headline Photo Credit:Emilee Fails, Karlee Sell, and Joe Noyes/Washington Football Team

Joe Dillard Jr.-LMS Network Columnist and Host of “Commonwealth Sports Talk”

With a beautiful night for football the New York Giants travel beltway to face the Washington Football team in an NFC East showdown with both teams trying to avoid an 0-2 start. As Washington started with the ball the offense again did not get any points on the first drive of the night. As Tress Way boots off a bomb, it only gave more room for the Giants to march right down the field on the first drive capped by Daniel Jones with a 6-yard keeper on an 11-play drive for 71 yards taking 6:05 off the clock. With a couple of stalled drives, Heinicke drove down deep into the Giant territory at the end of the first quarter. With 11:22 into the second, Terry McLaurin caught an 11-yard slant for a touchdown. Heinicke went 6 for 6, 68 yards on a long 90-yard scoring drive to tie the game up at 7. As the Giants started to march, Daniel Jones draws up a perfect read option to keep it and scatted for a 58-yard touchdown run that was called back for holding where the giants had to settle for 3 points.

Photos by Emilee Fails, Karlee Sell, and Joe Noyes/Washington Football Team

With Washington’s offense coming alive as J.D. McKissic scored on a 2-yard touchdown run as Washington started the drive at their 16-yard line. 12 plays later and Washington went into halftime with a 14-10 lead. With both offenses heating up, the Giants scored 3 points and then came right back and scored on the next possession with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Darius Slayton to give them a lead 20-14. After multiple field goals between both teams New York led Washington 26-20. With 6:30 in the fourth on first down, Darius Slayton misses an easy touchdown catch which allows Washington to force a field goal instead of giving up 7. With 4:50 left in the fourth quarter, Taylor delivered a strike to J.D. Mckissic up the sideline for a 58-yard gain. On the following play, Heinicke finds Ricky Seals-Jones for his first catch with Washington as it gives Washington the lead 27-26. After Washington stops New York’s offense and forces them to punt Washington on a crucial 3rd down throws an interception which allowed the Giants to take the lead with a field goal by Graham Gano to give the Giants the lead with 2:06 left. Heinicke methodically inches his way into field position for a 48-yard attempt for Dustin Hopkins.

Photos by Emilee Fails, Karlee Sell, and Joe Noyes/Washington Football Team

As he attempts it sails right however with the giants getting an offsides penalty it gives Washington another chance from 43 this time. Hopkins drills the kick as Washington goes to 1-1 as they win 30-29 against division rival the New York Giants. Jonathan Allen is continuing to prove why Washington backed the truck up for him registering 2 sacks. Terry McLaurin grabbed 11 balls for 107 and a touchdown. McKissic had 9 touches for 93 yards and a touchdown. Heinicke who was the game MVP was 34 for 46 throwing for 336 yards and 2 touchdowns. That one interception almost seemed like it was needed for him to learn and have the ball last as each team was scoring on each possession. Washington will ask for a favor traveling to Bills Mafia mLand as they take on Buffalo at 1pm.