Who would’ve thought that the Washington Football Team and New York Giants would be entangled in a high-scoring affair on Thursday night?
After looking toothless in Week 1, both offenses caught lightning in a bottle and were trading scores from the first quarter.
As far as Washington is concerned, Taylor Heinicke was largely excellent in the game, and he saved his best for crunch time.
Fast forward to less than five minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Giants had just gone up by six points on a 55-yard field goal from Graham Gano.
On the ensuing possession, Heinicke hit JD McKissic for a big gain up the sidelines that set Washington up in field goal range.
Impressive right? Indeed, though we hoped you didn’t go back into the kitchen for a snack after Mckissic ran out of bounds.
Just seconds later, Heinicke fired an absolute rocket and connected with Ricky Seals-Jones in the corner of the end zone to give the WFT the lead. Absolutely pandemonium ensued at FedEx Field, which was rocking all game long.
That’s just a highlight-reel play all around. Credit to Heinicke for putting it only where Seals-Jones could catch it and huge credit to the fifth-year tight end for plucking it out of the air and having the awareness to get his feet down in bounds.
If you can believe it, the Football Team’s defense came up with a big stop after New York got the ball back. It marked one of the few moments in the game where Washington was able to keep momentum for an extended period of time.
However, it didn’t last very long. On the ensuing possession, an apparent miscommunication between Heinicke and Terry McLaurin led to a James Bradberry interception. Pretty unfitting, given McLaurin got the better of Bradberry all night.
Regardless, it set the Giants up with a chance to ice the game.
It’s clear Heinicke didn’t expect McLaurin to settle in the zone coverage. However, he was looking McLaurin’s way the moment he dropped back to pass and Bradberry, to his credit, jumped the route and made a play. ‘
However — yeah, it was that kind of a game — Washington’s defense came up with another stop and limited the Giants to another field goal, Gano’s fifth of the night. How would Heinicke and the offense rebound?
Superbly, but not without putting fans through an absolute rollercoaster of emotions. After a series of completions from Heinicke, Hopkins lined up for a game-winning 48-yard field goal as time expired…and put it wide right.
HOWEVER, the Giants jumped offside, gifting Hopkins another chance from five yards closer…and he delivered.
What. A. Win. Thanks, Giants!
1-1 looks a lot better than 0-2 heading into a tough Week 3 game on the road against Buffalo, but we’ll cross that bridge when the time comes. For now, we’re gonna use whatever energy we have left to celebrate this victory.