Down one with 36 seconds to go, Kyle Allen took the shotgun snap, rolled out to his left, back-peddled and threw a weak, wobbly, withering pass that fell incomplete in the end zone. Ron “Riverboat” Rivera’s decision to go for two remained on par with his aggressive style of nature.
Turnovers largely contributed to another slow start in which Washington saw themselves trailing by double-digits for the sixth straight game. On the opening drive of the game, Dustin Hopkins missed wide-right on a 47-yard field goal attempt. The Giants then connected on a kick of their own, as Graham Gano hit on a 33-yard field goal. On the ensuing possession, Allen took a deep shot to Terry McLaurin, but was picked off by James Bradberry. Washington immediately saw their deficit jump to 10, as Darius Slayton beat cornerback Fabian Moreau for a 23-yard touchdown.
After an exchange of field goals brought the score to 13-10, Allen soon took charge. He led Washington on a methodical 13-play, 70-yard drive that ended with a five-yard touchdown pass to TE Logan Thomas, which cut the deficit to 10-13 heading into the half.
Halfway through the third, “Danny Dimes” had his Giants knocking on the door with a 1st-and-goal from the 7. Chase Young and Kendall Fuller had other plans. With Young in his face, Jones tried to throw the ball out of the back of the end zone. However, he didn’t put enough on it and Fuller was able to make a diving interception on the ball.
Halfway through the fourth, Hopkins tied the game at 13 as he connected on a 28-yard field goal. With the game still tied and just under four minutes to go, Allen committed a costly mistake. “Mr. Irrelevant” Tae Crowder picked up an Allen fumble and returned it for six to put the Giants up 20-13.
Down seven with three minutes to play, Allen chipped away at the Giants defense. Washington gained yards on six straight plays and had the ball at the Giants 22-yard line. With 46 seconds on the clock, Allen found Cam Sims up the left sideline for a 22-yard score. However, Rivera wasn’t playing for overtime; he was playing to win. Unfortunately, Washington saw their potential win aimlessly flop to the ground, losing to the Giants, 20-19.
Allen put together the best performance we’ve seen from Washington’s QB carousel this year. He completed over 73 percent of his passes while throwing for two touchdowns. However, his one turnover was huge, as it allowed the Giants to take the lead at the end. Hopkins continued to struggle as he missed another kick, his third on the year. Washington’s defense played well considering they only gave up 13 points on the day. However, they surprisingly struggled to get pressure on Jones.
Washington continues to lose, but still remain just one game out of first place in a very weak NFC East. They’ll get their chance to end their five-game losing streak and jump all the way to first as they return home to take on the division-leading Dallas Cowboys this Sunday at 1:00 PM.
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