New York Giants (1-5) – Washington Football Team (1-5) : 20-19
Before the game started, Daniel Jones had a record of 3 wins against 14 losses in his first 17 NFL starts. Among these 3 successes, 2 came against Washington. And against his favorite opponent, Daniel Jones (12/19, 112 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; 7 races, 74 yards) did not have to do much to provide the first victory of the season in New York.
In a duel between the two worst attacks in the league, it was the defenses that shone the most in a close match but without much spectacle, and this despite a pass rush from Washington almost absent in view of the weapons present.
A first half dominated by Daniel Jones
The first drive of this match immediately sets the tone for the game. We multiply the small gains behind a Kyle Allen (31/42, 280 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT) who alternates the good and the less good but their efforts are rarely realized. Symptomatic of the game, Washington goes back only 39 yards in 12 games and 6 minutes, but kicker Dustin Hopkins misses the target by 49 yards.
Daniel Jones is back in his game and finds Evan Engram (2 receptions, 30 yards) for 21 yards while Devonta Freeman (18 runs, 61 yards) also finds its marks. The momentum of the G-Men is finally stopped by the only sack of the evening on the Washington side directed by Ryan Kerrigan (1 tackle, 1 sack). Graham Gano therefore marks the first field goal of the evening for the Giants. (3-0)
Kyle Allen loses his receiver and is intercepted by James Bradberry (3 tackles, 1 INT) and Daniel Jones immediately punishes Washington by connecting with Darius Slayton (2 receptions, 41 yards, 1 TD) for 23 yards. (10-0)
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Washington snatches a field goal on the following series thanks to a large reception of 20 yards from McLaurin (7 receptions, 74 yards) (10-3). But Daniel Jones, decidedly in shape, responds with a 49-yard run before the Giants are stopped at the gates of the end zone after a 9-yard run from the same Daniel Jones. New York chooses to settle for a 20-yard field goal from Graham Gano (13-3)
Finally, Kyle Allen manages to achieve a long series of Washington by finding Logan Thomas (3 receptions, 42 yards, 1 TD) for a 5-yard touchdown just before half-time. The two teams are almost back to back at the halfway point (13-10).
The wasted opportunities festival
Coming back from half-time, the Giants took matters into their own hands and developed a drive of 9 minutes16. 73 yards and 14 games before being intercepted in the end zone on a jump ball between Darius Slayton and Kendall Fuller won by the defender.
A series of almost 7 minutes later led by Dontrelle Inman (5 receptions, 45 yards) and Antonio Gibson (9 races, 30 yards; 4 receptions, 25 yards) allows Washington to equalize on a 28-yard field goal (13 -13).
When the reds and yellows find the ball with less than 7 minutes to go, we think of a last marathon series to end the match. But Kyle Allen is sacked by Kyler Fackrell and loses the ball. Tae Crowder (10 tackles, 1 covered fumble, 1 TD) returns him 43 yards away for the touchdown (20-13).
If Washington manages to score thanks to a super McKissic and a Kyle Allen who sends a jewel in the corner of the end zone for Cam Sims with a touchdown of 22 yards, Ron Rivera refuses to send this game in overtime and chooses to call a two-point conversion. With no open receiver, Kyle Allen does not convert the opportunity and Washington falls by 1 small point (20-19).
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