Giants vs Washington live score highlights: Thursday night football


The Washington Football Team defeated the New York Giants on Thursday night, winning their first game of the season after Dustin Hopkins' 43-yard field goal attempt went through the goalposts with no time remaining on the clock. On both sides of the ball, a lot occurred in Washington's 30-29 victory.

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Taylor Heinicke is capable of performing the following roles: Taylor Heinicke, who was making his third career NFL start, including a playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, looked like a QB1 for most of the night, threw a costly interception in the fourth quarter that seemed to seal the game's outcome, but then drove Washington 50 yards with one timeout in the final two minutes to set up Hopkins' game-winning field goal.

Daniel Jones had a 4-0 record versus Washington before Thursday's game, making him one of five quarterbacks with at least four career starts against the burgundy and gold who had yet to lose to them. Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan, Steve Young, and Matt Cassel are still members of that group, but the sixth overall selection in the 2019 NFL draft is no longer among them.

Jones, who is 8-19 versus all other teams, put up a strong performance. On New York's first drive, he went 4 for 4 on an 11-play, 79-yard march that ended with his six-yard touchdown run on a quarterback pull. In the second quarter, the former Duke star looked to have a second touchdown run, but a holding call on wide receiver C.J. Board converted his 58-yard score into a 46-yard gain. 

A field goal would have to suffice for the Giants. Jones threw for 249 yards and a score on 22 of 32 passing. If Darius Slayton had caught a touchdown pass on a botched coverage in the fourth quarter that bounced off his fingertips in the end zone, he would have likely advanced to 5-0.

If Dexter Lawrence hadn't jumped offsides on Hopkins's failed attempt as time expired, Jones would have stayed flawless.

Coach Ron Rivera wasn't ready to lower expectations for his much-hyped defense after Sunday's flop against the Chargers, but he might have to reconsider after Thursday's performance against a Giants in Last season, the offense ranked 31st in scoring and looked just as bad in a Week 1 defeat to the Broncos. At the very least, before next week's trip to Buffalo, Jack Del Rio's team has to make some changes.

Washington recorded four sacks Against the Giants, two more than in last week's defeat. However, New York was already missing left guard Shane Lemieux, and his replacement, center Nick Gates, was carried off the field in the first quarter with a severe lower leg injury. 

The defense failed to force a turnover, allowing Jones to run for 95 yards on nine attempts, committing costly penalties, and allowing wide receivers to go open in the red zone. The team should be commended for holding the Giants to four of twelve third-down conversions and forcing them to settle for field goals throughout the game.

Terry McLaurin burns the Giants once more: In Washington's two losses against the Giants last season, McLaurin was one of the few bright spots, catching 14 passes for 189 yards and a score. Despite the fact that Bradberry had the game's lone turnover, McLaurin once again outplayed the Pro Bowl cornerback. With 11 receptions for 107 yards and a score, he established a new career-best.

Heinicke, who became the eighth different Washington quarterback to start a normal game since 2018, finished 34 of 46 for 336 yards after a sluggish start Thursday. When being pushed into action last week after Ryan Fitzpatrick sustained a hip injury against the Los Angeles Chargers, he threw two touchdowns and an interception. 

That doesn't need a master's degree in mathematics, which the former Old Dominion standout was pursuing at the time he was added to Washington's practice squad in December.

On a two-play drive in the fourth quarter, Heinicke produced a pair of flawless passes, one a 19-yard laser to the corner of the end zone that only 6-foot-5 backup tight end Ricky Seals-Jones could grab. On Washington's following drive, he threw a terrible interception to James Bradberry as the Redskins tried to run out the time, but after New York reclaimed the lead with a field goal, he calmly guided a two-minute drill to set up Hopkins' game-winning kick.

Heinicke called No. 17's number on the second play of the game and targeted him 13 more times during the game, unlike the previous week, when Ryan Fitzpatrick barely glanced McLaurin's way in the first half. By halftime, McLaurin had six receptions for 60 yards. 

Washington's offensive line allowed a sack on the first series but not again for the rest of the game, allowing Heinicke time to target his receivers downfield, particularly McLaurin.

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