The Washington Commanders finished with their first tie since the 2016 season Sunday against the New York Giants.
It looked for a while that Washington was headed for a crushing defeat, but Taylor Heinicke led a nine-play, 80-yard touchdown drive to tie the game in the final two minutes. The clutch performance eared a rave review from Jonathan Allen, who applauded the quarterback’s performance in NSFW fashion.
While both teams understand it’s better than a loss, setting for a tie in a game of such magnitude was (understandably) tough for them stomach. With the longtime rivals in the midst of a jam-packed Wild Card race, neither squad wants to give an inch, and a tie means they didn’t improve their playoff chances.
You know what that means? The Week 15 rematch at FedEx Field just grew tenfold in significance. With two weeks to prepare for the game, Allen has one simple, yet deadly serious, request from fans: pack FedEx Field to the brim.
Allen’s even offering up free tickets for the game!
Jonathan Allen wants Commanders fans to pack FedEx Field for the Week 15 rematch against the NY Giants.
"“This game that we’re going to play in two weeks is double,” Allen said. “So we need Commanders fans to really show up. I’m going to provide as many free tickets as I can get – we need everybody there. This game could be the season. We need full support. We need the stadium rocking.”“I’m just gonna give away 100-200 tickets. However many tickets it takes to get that stadium sold out. We need the fans help on this one. This is a huge game, and our season’s on the line, so we need everybody’s help. “"
Did that interview send chills down anyone else’s spine?
Forget ownership. Forget the team’s recent track record of shortcomings. This Commanders team is different, and on course for the franchise’s first winning seasons since 2016. With the Eagles running away with the division and the Cowboys at 9-3, Week 15 could be the closest thing Washington has to a home playoff game since 2020 vs the Bucs.
Whether you’re lucky enough to cop one of Allen’s free tickets, you shouldn’t need a pep talk to buy tickets for a must-win game against the hated Giants. If you needed a little nudge, though, the game — which didn’t have a time or date as of Monday — just got flexed into Sunday Night Football by the NFL.
The game will replace Raiders vs Patriots (an admitted snoozer), so the entire country will be watching as Washington looks to end the Giants’ Cinderella run. With the Seahawks avoiding a scare against the injury-ravaged Rams on Sunday, Allen isn’t crazy for saying Week 15 could be the Commanders season.
What better time to turn FedEx Field into a playoff atmosphere?