Defense Leads Giants to First Win of Season

The New York Giants won its first game of the season after defeating the Washington Football Team 20-19 on Sunday.

Head coach Joe Judge tried something different this week on the offensive line. Rookie tackles Andrew Thomas and Matt Peart both saw playing time at left tackle in this game.

New York got out to an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter. Following a James Bradberry inteception, Daniel Jones connected with Darius Slayton for a 23-yard touchdown. It was the first passing touchdown for Jones since week one.

Later in the second quarter, Jones took a designed run play 49-yards to the Washington 26-yard line. The drive resulted in a field goal giving New York a 13-3 lead. Washington added a touchdown with just 17 seconds left when Kyle Allen found Logan Thomas for a 5-yard score. The Giants led the game 13-10 at the half.

In the third quarter, Giants wide receiver, CJ Board left the game after he hit the ground hard on an incomplete pass. The injury was said to be a sprained neck and a concussion. Later in the quarter, the Giants had the ball at the Washington seven-yard line. Jones was then intercepted in the back of the end zone by Kendall Fuller. Washington tied the game with a 28-yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins on the following drive.

With just under four minutes left in the fourth, Kyler Fackrell sacked Allen, resulting in a fumble. Rookie linebacker Tae Crowder took the loose ball for 43 yards for the touchdown and, as a result, the Giants had a 20-13 lead. With 46 seconds left, Allen found Cam Sims for a 22-yard touchdown. Washington failed to convert the two-point attempt. The Giants recovered the onside kick to secure the win.

Jones finished the day 12/19 for 112 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He ran the ball for 74 yards. Devonta Freeman ran the ball for 61 yards on 18 carries. Kyler Fackrell, Logan Ryan and Leonard Williams all had one sack on the day.

The Giants (1-5) will have a quick turnaround as New York will head to Philadelphia on Thursday night to take on the Eagles (1-4-1).

(Photo: John Minchillo/Associated Press)

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