The 174th meeting of the two historic franchises is one for the ages. These Washington Redskins and New York Giants provided their fans with a hard-fought game that needed overtime, and a career day by two Giants players, to determine a winner.
The Giants move into Washington territory behind the arm of quarterback, Daniel Jones, and the legs of, Saquon Barkley. Two completions and a 32 yard run by Barkley has the ball at the Washington Redskin’s 24-yard line. Two plays later, Daniel Jones, connects with wide receiver, Sterling Shepard for a 23-yard touchdown pass. The Giants lead 7-0, early in the first quarter.
Not to be outdone Washington quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, marches down the field. Haskins looked sharp with crisp passes to wide receivers, Steven Sims Jr., Kelvin Harmon, and Terry McLaurin covering 57 yards and quickly getting Washington in Giants territory. After a few short runs, Dwayne Haskins, hit wide receiver, Steven Sims Jr., for a ten-yard touchdown pass, tying the game 7-7.
However, the New York Giants quickly retake the lead when running back Saquon Barkley rumbles for a 67-yard touchdown. New York now leads, 14-7.
The Washington Redskins respond by, methodically, moving the ball down the field. The quarter ends with a short run by Adrian Peterson.
Dwayne Haskins starts the second quarter by completing a 6-yard pass to tight end, Hale Hentges, for a touchdown. That is the tight ends first career touchdown and ties the game at 14 apiece.
The New York Giants take their next possession straight down the field. Unable to get off the field on third down, The Washington defense, finally gives up a long touchdown pass. Giants quarterback, Daniel Jones, hits running back, Saquon Barkley, on a wide-open 33-yard pass. The score is now 21-14. This game has produced five touchdowns on five combined possessions.
After picking up a few first downs, and a 17-yard run by Adrian Peterson, Washington stops the touchdown run and is forced to punt.
Finally, both defenses force a couple of punts by both teams.
Two Minute Drill
A roughing the passer gives the Giants a free 15-yards. Immediately after the penalty, Daniel Jones connects with wide receiver Golden Tate for 31-yards. Three plays later, Daniel Jones finds another receiver, Cody Latimer, for a ten-yard touchdown reception. Daniels Jones’s third touchdown pass of the day. New York leads 28-14 at the half.
The third quarter starts with a sack of Dwayne Haskins. Linebackers, Lorenzo Carter and Markus Golden combine for the takedown. Because of the low hit, which wasn’t flagged, Dwayne Haskins suffers an injury. Haskins is carted off the field, unable to return to the game. Back-up quarterback, Case Keenum, immediately hits, running back, Chris Thompson, out of the backfield to move the chains. However, the Redskins lose another starter, when offensive lineman, Morgan Moses, goes down with a leg injury. Unable to sustain their drive, Washington has to punt.
Washington forces a punt on the Giants’ next possession.
Washington’s next drive is a mix of short runs and nice passes from Case Keenum. Keenum connects with receiver, Terry McLaurin, for nine yards then follows with a 22-yard strike to Kelvin Harmon. And a smooth route run by receiver, Steven Sims Jr., allows Case Keenum to complete a seven-yard touchdown pass. Washington now trails, 28-21.
Again, the New York Giants, answer. A screen pass to Saquon Barkley exploits the Redskins defense for 51 yards. This is quickly followed by another touchdown pass from Daniel Jones covering 14-yards to tight end, Kaden Smith. Because of the Redskins’ inability to cover the tight end, they now trail 35-21.
Following a sack by Giants lineman, BJ Hill, Adrian Peterson scampers for 17 yards. However, Case Keenum misses a wide-open Steven Sims Jr. Keenum’s errant throw forces Washington to punt. The quarter ends with the Giants facing third down.
Following a defensive stop, Washington’s special teams deliver a blocked punt. Linebacker, Nate Orchard makes the huge play, setting the Redskins up in excellent field position.
The Redskins get some help from a pass interference call and quickly have a first and goal at the one-yard line. Claiming sole possession of fourth place on the all-time rushing touchdown list, Adrian Peterson plunges in from the one. As a result of this run, Adrian Peterson now has 111 rushing touchdowns. Washington now trails, 35-28.
As a result of poor tackling by Washington, Saquon Barkley gains 20 yards, moving the ball into Redskin territory. However, Washington’s defense stiffens, forcing a 53-yard field goal that hooks wide left.
The teams then exchanged punts. However, because of good special teams play, the Redskins are pinned at the one-yard line.
99 Yards ain’t a Problem
Starting from the one, the Redskins somehow convert a third and nine. As a result of a beautiful pass by Case Keenum to Steven Sims Jr., the Redskins gain 32 yards. Redskin quarterback, Case Keenum, while scrambling and stumbling, finds tight end, Hale Hentges for 22 yards. Because of pass interference called on the Giants on fourth down, the Redskins have a first and goal. On first down, quarterback, Case Keenum rolls right and scrambles into the end zone. Even though he fumbles, the review shows that the ball breaks the plain. The Washington Redskins, behind a 99-yard drive, have tied the score at 35.
Unable to stop the Giants on a crucial third down, Washington gives up a 23-yard pass. After three straight runs by Saquon Barkley, the Giants are at the 14-yard line. As a result of a 12-yard run by Barkley, the Giants have a first and goal. The Washington Redskins defense forces a third down. However, third downs and tight ends have been the Redskins Achilles heel all year. Giants quarterback, Daniel Jones, ends the game with a 3-yard pass to tight end, Kaden Smith.
Final score, 41-35, Giants.
It was a barn burner with both offenses moving up and down the field. Twice the Washington Redskins clawed their way back from 14 point deficit. However, career days from Jones and Barkley proved too much for a decimated defense to overcome.
The Washington Redskins lead the league with over 60 rookie starts. However, the rookies have grown and will continue to get better. A loss is a loss, but there is a lot to take away from this. The refusal to quit and the desire to keep playing hard are good signs. With a few tweaks and a few more impact players, this team is ready to turn things around next season. As for now, on to Dallas. Let’s close the season with a win! HTTR!
Offense: New York Giants quarterback, Daniel Jones: 28/42 for 352 yards and 5 touchdowns. New York Giants running back, Saquon Barkley: 22 rushes for 189 yards and one touchdown. 4 receptions for 90 yards and one touchdown.
Defense: Nobody on either defense deserves a game 🏈! Bah-humbug!
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