After the Washington Football Team stopped the New York Giants on fourth down on their first possession, they gave it right back to Big Blue. Kyle Allen completed a 21-yard pass to running back Antonio Gibson, who fumbled the football (knocked out by Logan Ryan). Jabrill Peppers recovered the fumble at the NYG 19 yard line.
Daniel Jones started off the comeback drive with a 50-yard pass play to undrafted wide receiver Austin Mack, setting up the Giants in Washington territory. Graham Gano finished off the drive with a 38-yard field goal, making the score 3-0 New York.
Washington later turned it over once again in the first quarter. Isaiah Wright muffed a punt and Giants’ defensive back Madre Harper recovered the fumble. This put the Giants at the Washington 19 yard line. Big Blue capitalized with a one-yard rushing touchdown for Wayne Gallman. With an extra point made, the Giants took the lead 10-0.
On a revenge drive, lightning struck Washington in the worst play possible. After being tripped by Antonio Gibson on a blitz pickup, Jabrill Peppers tripped and sacked Kyle Allen. Allen dislocated his ankle on the play and veteran Alex Smith replaced him.
Still, on the same drive with a different quarterback, the Washington Football Team went into Giants’ territory. Penalties killed the offensive momentum, as the Football Team only scored a field goal. Washington trailed by a touchdown with the score at 10-3.
With some nifty short-yardage runs and a 21-yard pass to Sterling Shepard, Daniel Jones once again led the Giants into Washington territory. Graham Gano finished the drive with another field goal, making the deficit two scores (13-3).
Veteran running back and former Washington Team member Alfred Morris, who replaced Devonta Freeman this week, started the drive with two hearty runs for 19 and 11 yards. The drive ended in a passing touchdown from Jones to tight end Evan Engram, making up for an earlier drop that nearly turned into an interception. The Giants boosted the score to 20-3.
Two short passing plays to tight end Logan Thomas started the drive for Washington, hoping to pick up a score before halftime. Cam Sims picked up a 32-yard reception to propel the Football Team in NYG territory. The drive ended in a costly mistake for Alex Smith, as he threw an interception to Giants’ linebacker Blake Martinez.
The Washington Football Team came running out of the locker room, poised with the mission of getting back into the game. A 45-yard pass played a big part in the first drive of the half for Washington. Three runs by J.D. McKissic and Antonio Gibson put the Football Team at the one-yard line. Antonio Gibson found the end zone a play later. With an extra point, the score altered to 20-10, New York.
Wayne Gallman rushed for 15 yards on the first two runs of the Giants’ next drive. A couple of short passes to Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, and Austin Mack moved the Giants downfield. An Andrew Thomas holding penalty and a Tim Settle sack of Daniel Jones held Big Blue to a field goal. The score changed to 23-10, New York.
Cam Sims continued to torment the Giants’ secondary with a 33-yard reception. Isaiah Wright also had a 15-yard chunk reception, attempting to move Washington downfield. Leonard Williams finished the drive with a sack of Alex Smith, his fifth on the season.
The Washington Football Team finished the drive with a Dustin Hopkins field goal, making the score 23-13.
Two drives later, Terry McLaurin caught a 68-yard passing touchdown from Alex Smith. McLaurin broke tackles from Isaac Yiadom and Logan Ryan on the play. With the extra point successful, the Football Team was down by a field goal. (23-20, New York)
The main goal for Big Blue on the next drive was to milk the clock and leave Washington as little time as possible and score. Things got tough once the offense traveled into opposing territory. Evan Engram was charged with offensive pass interference, backing up the offense ten yards. Two plays later, Daniel Jones got sacked and fumbled the football. Jones recovered his own fumble. Riley Dixon put a conclusion to the drive with a punt, giving Washington over five minutes to score.
Short passes and check-downs to Logan Thomas, J.D. McKissic, Terry McLaurin, and Isaiah Wright started the momentum for the offense. Under heavy pressure on a third down, Smith made another costly mistake throwing a short pass intended for J.D. McKissic, which Jabrill Peppers intercepted.
Luckily, the New York Giants did not do much on the drive, giving Washington more time and one timeout. Two plays in, Smith threw an interception to Giants’ safety Logan Ryan, which sealed the game. The Giants won 23-20 to the Washington Football Team and sweep Washington for the second year in a row.
The New York Giants move to 2-7, as the Washington Football Team falls to 2-6. The Football Team plays the Detroit Lions at Ford Field next week, as the Giants host the Philadelphia Eagles at Metlife Stadium. Big Blue needs the Dallas Cowboys to lose this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and next week they need a win against the Eagles with a Football Team loss to the Lions to keep Big Blue in the divisional race before the Week 11 bye.