Giants hold off Football Team for first victory of season
Photo: Al Bello

The New York Giants have picked up their first win under new coach Joe Judge, holding off a rally by the Washington Football Team to win 20-19. Both teams' records stand at 1-5.

New York never trailed in the game and after breaking a 13-13 tie with a defensive touchdown, the Giants watched as Washington themselves scored with coach Ron Rivera opting to go for two, but the Football team failed to convert.

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones had 186 total yards (112 passing, 74 rushing) with a touchdown pass and an interception. He was New York's leading rusher with Devonta Freeman chipping in 61 yards on the ground.

Judge picks up first win as NFL head coach, Giants edge Football Team

Kyle Allen was 31 of 42 for 280 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The Football Team did little damage on the ground, rushing for just 86 yards. Terry McLaurin caught seven passes for 74 yards.

Washington took the opening drive of the game down to the New York 29 and after 12 plays, which included a fourth-and-one conversion by Peyton Barber that took up over six minutes of the first quarter clock, Dustin Hopkins missed a 47-yard field goal to the right.

The Giants drove into the Football Team red zone, but Jones was sacked on third and eight, forcing New York to settle for a 33-yard field goal by Graham Gano to go in front 3-0. Allen was intercepted by James Bradberry and Jones connected with Darius Slayton for a 23-yard touchdown to make it 10-0.

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As the second quarter began, Washington was looking at a third and four, which they converted thanks to an eight-yard reception by McLaurin. A 14-yard sack on first down bogged down the drive and Hopkins connected on a 35-yard field goal to cut the lead to 10-3.

Gano's second field goal of the game, from 20 yards, a drive aided by a roughing the passer penalty on Tim Settle, restored the Giants ten-point lead until a 13-play drive, which featured another fourth down conversion, culminated in a five-yard pass from Allen to Logan Thomas to trim the lead to 13-10.

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New York looked to be heading to another score until Jones was picked off by Kendall Fuller. A 14-play drive that started with 51 seconds left in the third and ended with 8:56 left in the game saw Hopkins tie the game with a 28 yard field goal.

It looked to be going Washington's way after forcing the Giants to punt, but disaster struck as Kyler Fackrell sacked Allen and forced him to fumble, Tae Crowder picking it up and returning it 43 yards for a touchdown.

The Football Team had one last drive and they came through after ten plays with Allen connecting with Cam Sims for a 22 yard touchdown to make it 20-19. Rivera opted to go for two and the win rather than send the game into overtime with the extra point, but Allen's pass fell incomplete.

Up next

The Football Team will return home to host Dallas next Sunday at 1pm while the Giants will be on a short week, next in action on Thursday in Philadelphia to face the Eagles at 8:20pm.