No one wants to start their season off 0-1. They certainly don’t want to start it 0-2. That’s what was staring down both the Washington Football Team and the New York Giants on Thursday night. And unfortunately, for the Giants, that was the fate they were dealt with after they went down 30-29 having allowed a second chance at a late, game-winning field goal. Dustin Hopkins had missed the first opportunity to win it, but Dexter Lawrence was adjudged to have lined up offside, giving him another shot at it.
He would not miss from 43 yards on the second attempt. Hopkins was not the only one with a theme of redemption here. Washington QB Taylor Heincke, playing in place of Ryan Fitzpatrick, also saw that narrative play out before him. He threw for 336 yards total and had two touchdown tosses, but it was his interception thrown that set up the Giants’ lead with two minutes to go. He recovered, however, leading the drive down the field that ultimately culminated in Hopkins’ eventual winning field goal. NY QB Daniel Jones, often maligned, had over 300 yards all-purpose, including nine runs for 95 yards. He had a TD in the air and on the ground in the defeat. Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin was also a standout in the contest, catching 11 balls for 107 yards and a TD.