If the first four weeks were any indication, Washington Football Team fans genuinely might not survive the season. It’s just not healthy from a mental (sometimes physical) standpoint for every game to come down to the final minute.
That’s exactly what happened in Week 4, as Taylor Heinicke once again had to bail out Washington’s bottom-barrel defense out in crunch time. Much like Week 2 against the Giants, Heinicke led two scoring drives in the final five minutes to will his teammates to a season-saving victory.
In one of the highlights of the NFL season, the 28-year-old went through every possible progression before he located JD McKissic, who leaked out behind the line of scrimmage almost by design after Heinicke drifted to the left side of the pocket to try and find an open receiver downfield.
The rest is history. McKissic eluded one tackle, raced to the pylon and pulled off an epic end zone leap. After a brief review, McKissic was given the touchdown to put Washington up 34-30 with 33 seconds remaining.
It was a fairytale ending to what was an extremely difficult game to watch, thanks to the defense. However, we’ve stumbled across just the thing that makes the play even more satisfying. Yes, it’s possible!.
Check out this fan’s view of the touchdown from the end zone at Mercedes Benz Stadium.
The end zone view of JD McKissic’s game-winning touchdown for Washington in Week 4 is perfect.
It really doesn’t get much better than that.
Thank heavens for McKissic, too, because Heinicke was completely out of options before the 5-foot-10 running back found himself in acres of space. It looked like a perfectly-executed delayed screen, but if you read Heinicke’s body language, he was unable to find an open receiver (McLaurin must’ve been triple-teamed).
Make no mistake. A lot of top-tier quarterbacks would have thrown the ball way or ran out of bounds to avoid taking a sack, which would’ve been a doomsday scenario in that situation. Not Heinicke, though. The Old Dominion product is as cool as they come when games are on the line. This was the latest example.
As for McKissic, well, what more can be said about the veteran RB? He’s emerged as Heinicke’s security blanket when McLaurin is draped in coverage. After Sunday’s game-winning score, McKissic has been on the receiving end of two of Washington’s biggest plays this season.
In Week 2, he caught the 43-yarder that preluded Heinicke’s 19-yard strike to Ricky Seals-Jones that gave Washington a 27-26 lead over the Giants. If not for McKissic, you really have to wonder if the Football Team is winless entering Week 5. The same can be said for Heinicke, but you get the point.
If you couldn’t already tell, we’re still riding on the high from Sunday’s win. If you need us, we’ll be watching this end zone view of McKissic’s improbable touchdown on loop until kickoff against the Saints this weekend.