2. Darius Slayton separation on dropped touchdown
The defining moment of the game came with 6:55 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Giants held a 23-20 lead and had a chance to put Washington on the ropes with a touchdown. For a second, it looked as New York did just that, as wideout Darius Slayton found himself in acres of space beyond the secondary.
However, Jones led his receiver a little too much and the pigskin fell harmlessly to the turf after deflecting off Slayton’s fingertips. Based on the reaction from Giants Twitter, though, Slayton probably should’ve reeled that one in.
What made the drop all the more shocking was that there wasn’t a Washington defender in the vicinity. William Jackson clearly thought he’d get help over the top from a safety and Slayton blew past him as a result.
By the time the ball arrived, Slayton had created 13.2 yards of separation from Jackson. Think about how crazy that is! The Giants settled for a 55-yard field goal from Graham Gano and the rest, as they say, is history.
After reading that doozy, we wish there was a stat on the conversion rate of passes where the wide receiver generated over 10 yards of separation from his defender. It has to be at least 90%, if not higher, right?
13.2 yards of separation resulted in just three points on the scoreboard for the Giants. You can’t make this stuff up. As far as defining stats are concerned, this would’ve taken the cake in almost every other week.
However, there was only one player/stat deserving of the top spot.