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WFT Score Game-Winning FG Against NFC East Rival Giants, 30-29

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Thursday night’s NFC East matchup between the New York Giants and Washington Football Team became a tale of two 0-1 squads trading mishaps and costly errors until one team was forced to accept the win. Washington pulled away as the victor, 30-29 — sending the G-Men to 0-2, while WFT improved to .500 (1-1).

Taylor Heinicke played like a franchise quarterback for Washington, with some help from the Giants’ porous secondary. WFT offensive coordinator Scott Turner kept the quick releases coming for Heinicke, and the backup-turned-starter kept up with the tempo. He threw for 336 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Heinicke’s sole pick of the night came from Big Blue’s James Bradberry — whose performance matched the turbulence of the game flow. The corner faced a difficult assignment against WFT’s No. 1 receiver, Terry McLaurin, who totaled 11 catches for 107 yards. Frequent separation won by McLaurin diced up the Giants’ secondary. Antonio Gibson contributed on the ground with a team-high 69 rushing yards on 13 carries.

The throw of the night came from Heinicke finding a tight window to Ricky Seals-Jones in the right corner of the end zone — a score that put the team up 27-26 with four minutes left in the game.

Daniel Jones had a serviceable performance during the loss, but was tormented by two potential scores in the second quarter undone by team mishaps. Wideout Darius Slayton dropped a deep ball in the end zone, and a holding call negated a 58-yard run for a score by Jones. Jones completed 22-of-32 passes for 249 yards and two total touchdowns. He was sacked four times and gave up zero turnovers — an answered prayer for Giants fans.

Coaching miscues resulted in an offsides penalty by former first-round pick Dexter Lawrence, which gave WFT kicker Dustin Hopkins a second chance to win the game after the first attempt drifted wide right. Hopkins took the second opportunity and knocked the score in to run out the clock — giving Washington the win.

Jason Garrett and the Giants’ offense improved over their 13-point calamity against the Denver Broncos in Week One. Aside from ripping off a 41-yard run, Saquon Barkley added 12 more carries for 16 yards, extending Garrett’s run game woes. Daniel Jones was the day’s leading rusher with 95 yards off a number of successful boot runs.

The team also suffered a big loss on offense when offensive lineman and team captain Nick Gates suffered a gruesome knee injury and was carted off the field.

As for the Giants’ first-round rookie receiver Kadarius Toney, his team picture may need to land on the back of a milk carton. He’s been absent the past two weeks.

The Washington Football Team improves to 1-1, while the Giants sink to 0-2.

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Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Guided by Kevin Harlan on one shoulder, Eli Manning on the other, Alejandro joins the OutKick community with an authentic passion for sports, pop culture, America, and episodes of Jeopardy!

 

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