Ron Rivera and his team knew they didn’t have to worry about losing starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for 6-8 weeks due to a hip injury as they had special backup waiting for them in the backstage at Heinicke. He completed 34 of 46 passes for 336 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in his second start of the regular season.
Daniel Jones suffered his first career loss to Washington on Thursday, but it certainly wasn’t his fault. The former No. 6 overall pick played really well and completed 22 of 32 passes for 249 yards and one touchdown, and also led the Giants on the ground with 95 yards and one scoring.
Who Said Thursday Night Football Is Boring? We’ve now had two amazing midweek games to start the 2021 regular season. Let’s recap everything that happened here in week 2.
Why Washington won
Heinicke’s resilience won this match. Overall, he had a top-down performance. At one point, it looked like he was going to be the hero of the game. Five minutes later, it looked like he would take most of the blame for a loss. Fast forward five minutes and he had solidified his legendary status in Washington.
It’s hard to believe, but it was Heinicke’s second start for Washington – the first being the incredible playoff loss to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There is clearly something special about this kid. He’s not polite, but he’s not afraid to take a big shot on the field and made some elite shots that surprised everyone. He took his action to an all-time high on Thursday night.
After throwing what appeared to be the decisive interception, Heinicke had another chance. He was able to operate with a short memory and lead his team 50 yards onto the field in 11 games. Not all starting quarterbacks can do this in this league. His leadership and competitiveness won out on Thursday evening.
Why the giants lost
The Giants lost through mistakes. Backbreaking mistakes that ultimately decided the outcome of this competition. I don’t think it’s fair to blame a loss on one play. But I think it’s fair to blame a loss on a few plays.
Darius Slayton’s fall in the fourth quarter will be hard to forget. Jones looked deep with six minutes left in the fourth quarter and saw his gap spread on his own – the recipient of a blown blanket. While the pass was perfect, Slayton somehow couldn’t bring it back.
It was a touchdown that would have allowed the Giants to gain 10 points. Instead, they scored a basket to take the lead to six.
A few drives later after Washington scored a touchdown to regain the lead, James Bradberry intercepted Heinicke in the shadow of his own goal post. The Giants then decided offensively to try running a bit and hitting what would have been the game-winning basket instead of delivering the fatal blow. Saquon Barkley ran for 3 yards on two plays, then Jones missed Sterling Shepard in the third and -7. This opened the door for Washington to win on a field goal.
Finally, in the third and fourth with five seconds left, Hopkins lined up for a field goal of 48 yards. It was wide to the right, but there was yellow laundry on the ground. Somehow, Dexter Lawrence jumped offside, which gave Washington 5 more yards and Hopkins another shot at winning the game. This time, he did not fail.
Washington regained momentum late in the fourth quarter after holding the Giants to a field goal. Down six points with less than five minutes to go, Heinicke took over and led a 75-yard touchdown drive in two games that took just 17 seconds. JD McKissic caught a 56-yard pass to bring Washington down to the field, then Ricky Seals-Jones made play of the game – a 19-yard touchdown in the back corner of the end zone.
There were so many candidates for turning points in this game, so interesting was it until the very end. The moment we finally found out who was going to win this game came via a penalty flag, as Lawrence jumped offside and gave Hopkins another shot at the winning basket.
Another long run of Daniel Jones ruined
One of Jones’ career highlights – or weak spots – was when he ruined his own 80-yard touchdown in “Thursday Night Football” against the Philadelphia Eagles last season by tripping over the line. from 15 yards.
Jones had another long touchdown which was ruined in this edition of “Thursday Night Football” but this time he was ruined by a teammate’s detention penalty.
Even if it didn’t matter, it was still a great race. Jones is certainly an underrated scrambler who got Washington into trouble in Week 2. He also led the Giants on the rush in Week 1 with 27 yards and a touchdown in six carries.
“The guy is a ball player. You can’t say enough about # 4 ” — Terry McLaurin sur Heinicke
The Washington football team will travel to Buffalo to face Josh Allen and the Bills next Sunday. The Bills are preparing for a game against the Miami Dolphins this weekend. As for the Giants, they return to New York next Sunday to host the Atlanta Falcons. Matt Ryan & Co. lost their season opener to the Philadelphia Eagles and face the defending Super Bowl champions Buccaneers this weekend.