Washington scored with 36 seconds left after Kyle Allen found Cam Sims in the back-left corner of the end zone, putting them down one. Head coach Ron Rivera made the controversial call to go for two, which failed after Allen rolled left and was pressured by Dexter Lawrence with no open receivers.
Daniel Jones is 3-0 in his career against Washington.
Washington opened the game on offense and put together a solid 12-play drive, highlighted by a J.D. McKissic 14-yard run — his longest of the game. The drive ended with a missed 47-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins.
The Giants scored on the opening drive for the second week in a row. The first two plays were a connection from Daniel Jones to Evan Engram for 21 yards and a Devonta Freeman 14-yard carry. Freeman finished with 18 carries for 64 yards.
After getting to the Washington 13-yard line, the Giants had two negative plays and settled for a 33-yard field goal from Graham Gano.
The next Washington drive saw the Giants defense force their third-consecutive first-quarter turnover. James Bradberry read a ball intended for Terry McLaurin, intercepted it, and returned it 19 yards to the Washington 27.
Three plays later, Daniel Jones hit Darius Slayton, who gained separation from Fabian Moreau for six. The Giants led 10-0 at the end of the first quarter, but wouldn’t score another touchdown until the fourth.
Kyle Allen settled down and went 5-of-6 for 68 yards. On 3rd-and-24, forced by a sack from Leonard Williams, Allen found McLaurin with a 20-yard screen to create a field goal opportunity for Hopkins, who converted from 35 yards.
On the subsequent Giants drive, Daniel Jones had his longest career run, as he went 49 yards and put New York in Washington territory. The drive ended after Jones, who again tried to use his legs on 3rd-and-goal, was stopped at the two-yard line after gaining nine. New York went up 13-3 after Gano hit a 20-yard chip shot.
With six minutes left in the first half, Washington went to work. After converting a third down to enter Giants territory, Washington was stopped on the next third down to force a 4th-and-9.
Tress Way punted the ball away, but Austin Johnson, who had a sack in Week 4, ran into the kicker to create a 4th-and-5. Washington elected to go for it, even though the punt pinned New York at the one.
Allen found Dontrelle Inman for 15 yards to move the chains, and five plays later, Logan Thomas dragged his feet inbounds in the back corner of the end zone to make it a three-point game with 13 seconds left.
The second half began with both teams punting the ball for the first time in the contest.
The Giants started their next drive at their own 20 and went 74 yards in 13 plays, with not one resulting in a loss of yards. After a Kyle Fuller pass interference call on 3rd-and-2, New York had 1st-and-goal at the Washington 7-yard line.
Facing pressure from Chase Young off the edge, Jones attempted to throw the ball out of the back of the end zone. Instead, Fuller intercepted it, and after a review in which his foot may have grazed the white line, the call was upheld.
Washington, who could have been down two possessions, found themselves only needing a touchdown to take the lead.
Allen converted two third downs; one with his legs and one with his arm, both six-yard gains. The third go-around, this time in the red zone, a ball intended for rookie Isiah Wright was poked away by Logan Ryan.
Hopkins knocked in his second field goal from 28 yards out to knot up the score at 13 with 8:56 remaining.
New York’s next drive only lasted six plays and featured four incompletions.
Washington began on offense at their own 25, with under seven minutes left. On the seventh play of their drive, facing a 3rd-and-9, Allen was sacked for the third time by Kyler Fackrell, who jarred the ball loose. It was picked up by rookie Tae Crowder who scooped it up and returned it.
Mr. Irrelevant became a focal point for the Giants’ first win.
Washington needing seven points to extend the game, went down in only 10 plays for 75 yards and Allen threw his second touchdown.
When asked after the game why he went for two, Ron Rivera said, “The only way to learn to win is to play to win.”
Daniel Jones went 12-of-19 for 112 yards with one TD and one INT. Jones led the Giants in rushing with 74 yards. Blake Martinez led the Giants with 14 tackles.
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