Week 9 Review: New York Giants Defeat the Washington Football Team

The New York Giants won their second one-possession game this season against the Washington Football Team, 23-20.

The game saw five turnovers, all five from Washington. It was the first start of Daniel Jones’ career without a giveaway.

The Giants sealed the game after Logan Ryan intercepted Alex Smith with 1:24 to go.

The Giants first drive saw two grabs from Sterling Shepard, with the second setting up a 4th-and-1 at Washington’s 35. The fourth-down play was not converted after Dion Lewis was stopped for no gain.

Washington’s first play was an underneath throw from Kyle Allen to Antonio Gibson for 21 yards but was punched out by Logan Ryan and recovered by Jabrill Peppers after a mad scramble.

New York’s offense second drive started with a bang as well after Jones found Austin Mack for 50 yards down the right sideline. Though after three incompletions at the Washington 20, the Giants settled for three.

The next drives from each team resulted in a punt, though the Giants punt was fumbled by Isaiah Wright, forced out by Cam Brown, and recovered by Madre Harper at the Washington 16.

The Giants scored seven off this turnover after Wayne Gallman punched it in from two yards out.

On the sixth play of the next Washington drive, Kyle Allen was sacked by Peppers. Allen went down after an apparent leg injury. Alex Smith was brought in as Allen was carted off.

The drive culminated two minutes into the second quarter with a field goal after an illegal use of hands penalty on Morgan Moses that placed Washington in a 3rd-and-long scenario.

The Giants’ following drive saw another reception for Sterling Shepard, an 18-yard gain to enter Washington territory. The possession stalled after Jones found Lewis short of the first down marker on 3rd-and-10.

The Giants added another three to recapture a 10-point advantage.

After a Washington three-and-out, the Giants went back to work at their 23-yard line. Alfred Morris had three carries for 35 yards to help cross midfield.

Daniel Jones connected with Evan Engram to put the Giants up 17 before the two-minute warning. It was Engram’s first touchdown of the season.

Washington cobbled some first downs together after Smith completed 4-of-5 for 59 yards. But on first down at the Giants 18, J.D. McKissic fell, and Blake Martinez caught the ball below the waist.

The Giants entered the locker room up 20-3, but would only score three in the second half.

The first drive of the second half was quick for Washington after Smith found Cam Sims for 45 yards, his second 30+ yard catch in this game. It was finished off by Antonio Gibson, who found pay dirt from a yard out.

The Giants offense responded with another field goal, as Jones was sacked for the first time at the Washington 32 to create a third-and-long.

Down 13, Washington incrementally marched down the field with short throws, but after a Leonard Williams sack, Washington faced a 3rd-and-14, only gained six, and settled for three on the first play of the fourth quarter.

The next drive saw the Giants enter their opponent’s side of the field in four plays. The fifth play saw an Evan Engram drop that would have given the Giants a first down; instead, the Giants had to punt two plays later.

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Washington had another quick drive this one only three plays after Smith found Terry McLaurin, who broke an Isaac Yiadom tackle and went 67 yards for a score to pull Washington within three.

The Giants took the field with over ten minutes left, and only gained nine yards. Engram committed a pass interference that negated a Shepard catch and Jones fumbled the ball while eluding the pass rush but jumped on it.

Washington got the ball with 5:12 remaining, and gained four first downs, and reached the Giants 40. After two incompletions, the second being Peppers poking the ball free from Logan Thomas hands.

On third down, Alex Smith was pressured, rolled right, and then off his back foot threw in McKissic’s direction but instead found Jabrill Peppers.

The Giants’ next drive saw Washington use two timeouts and a key sack on third down to get the ball back.

Washington’s final drive saw their fifth and final turnover.

Joe Judge said postgame that the message from him and his staff to the players was to “finish;” the Giants did so and are now 2-7.

Daniel Jones went 23-of-34 for 212 yards and 1 TD. Austin Mack had four receptions and 72 yards.

Alex Smith completed 24-of-32 for 325 yards, 1 TD, and 3 INTs. Terry McLaurin caught seven receptions for 115 yards.

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