Dustin Hopkins 43-yard field goal lifts WFT to 30-29 victory over Giants

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Dustin Hopkins missed a 48-yard field goal wide right as time expired only for an offside penalty on Dexter Lawrence gave Hopkins a second chance at a game-winner.

Hopkins’ 43-yard kick did not miss and the Washington Football Team earned a wild 30-29 victory over the New York Giants on Thursday night.

The lead changed three times in the fourth quarter and all three came in the last five minutes of action.

A 55-yard field goal from Graham Gano extended the Giants lead to 26-20 with 4:50 left to play. J.D. McKissic beat Giants linebacker Tae Crowder up the sidelines for a 56-yard gain to move inside the New York red zone. Taylor Heinicke then delivered the go-ahead strike on a 19-yard touchdown to Ricky Seals-Jones in the back corner of the end zone as Washington took a 27-26 lead with 4:33 left to play.

After the Giants drive stalled and they had to punt, James Bradberry picked off Heinicke with just over two minutes left to play. Bradberry undercut a throw intended for Terry McLaurin that gave the Giants the ball back at the Washington 20-yard line. Gano delivered a 35-yard field goal to put the Giants back on top, 29-27, at the two-minute warrning.

Washington’s defense did force a three-and-out as the Giants were only able to take 16 seconds off the clock on the possession.

Heinicke led Washington down the field despite holding only one timeout to get the team into field goal range with seconds left to play. Hopkins’ 43-yard kick served as the walk-off score .

Outside of the interception, Heinicke played very well in place of injured starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. Heinicke completed 34 of 46 passes for 336 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

The Giants had missed opportunities as well.

Quarterback Daniel Jones broke free for a 58-yard touchdown run only to have the score negated due to a downfield holding penalty on C.J. Board. The drive would end with a 23-yard Gano field goal instead of a touchdown. In the fourth quarter,  Darius Slayton broke wide open on a busted coverage only for Jones’ pass to clank off his hands incomplete in the end zone. That drive ended with Gano’s 55-yard kick.

Jones finished the night with 22 completions on 32 attempts for 249 yards and a touchdown. He also led the team in rushing with 95 yards and a touchdown on nine attempts.

30 responses to “Dustin Hopkins 43-yard field goal lifts WFT to 30-29 victory over Giants

  1. It’s refreshing to finally catch a break against the Giants. In years past, the ball always seemed to bounce their way and Daniel Jones turns into Tom Brady against us. The G-men blew it but I’ll gladly take the W.

  2. Jeeze.
    The WFT and the Giants couldn’t get out of their own way.

    When 2 bad teams are on the field together, the clown car circles the field.
    A bunch of skilled players who couldn’t decide if they wanted to win.
    Stupid penalties. Interceptions.

  3. Heinicke may prove to be the starter we’ve been looking for…Next years free agency and draft needs to focus on O-line, more O-line, with another LB(Jamin Davis ain’t ready) and FS thrown in the mix…

  4. No horse in this race tonight, but that penalty was a bit iffy. The ball was moving on the snap, not sure that was called correctly at all.

  5. Drops from the Giants receivers and Heineke making clutch plays was the difference here. Washington found a decent QB without trying.

  6. Heinicke did not play well. He was spraying the ball all over the place. The receivers were working the Giant DBs. Same on the other side too. Both of these defenses have looked pedestrian to start the year when that was thought to be the strength of these teams.

  7. This comment is not directed at PFT or it’s commenters:

    I’ve seen and heard people compare Barkley to Ron Dayne. First, Dayne never had a season like 2019 Barkley. Next, Barkley is 2 games back from knee reconstruction.

    The play calling for Barkley seems more suited for him to work his way back into football shape than get him in space, off tackle working to his strengths. If anything, he’s played the equivalent of 2 preseason games. Booker barely played tonight, yet Barkley played almost every snap, only maybe had 15 touches. The play action facts are frustrating but they’re building him up, seeing how he responds to hits. He looked like he’d lost a step on the 40 yard run but he hasn’t, he’s trending up.

  8. Good God, the Giants are a hot mess! They need a total rebuild from top to bottom, including management and coaching.

  9. I had no dog in this fight, so this was a fun game to watch from a purely entertainment perspective. Both QB’s played well and fans of both teams should be encouraged. Once again, there is no frontrunner in the NFC East. That division is going to come down to the last couple of weeks, because we all know the overhyped Cowboys are gonna Cowboy in the end.

  10. Since Austin lost out on Buffalo maybe the Giants would make more sense. A fresh start in a football town may help the franchise reset and pick up a few W’s.

  11. Not much to like about Washington. That guy Heinicke I will pull for. All the work he has put in to finally get his chance is great. I hope he keeps the job and gets better every week.

  12. Here’s the funny thing. Why does Daniel Jones always get a pass from the media? They call him Danny Dimes and he gets pass after pass. Why? He’s a losing QB who can’t get over the hump. This dude has a pretty good stable of pass catchers with decent runners and a solid D and still can’t get it done. Yet there’s no trade talk or bust talk. Does winning not matter only fantasy points? I’m only asking Because Tua is 7-3 as a starter. And it’s not like he went to a stable organization. It’s the Fins in the 10th year of a rebuild yet he is constantly picked apart for being part of a winning football team. Weird stuff.

  13. Another vaunted Ron Rivera defense giving up nearly 400 yards to a weak team. People will eventually wake up to the fact that reputation doesn’t equal results, and there are definitely some smoke and mirrors in play. The WFT didn’t win this game. The Giants punted it with a combination of poor play and lack of creativity trying to protect a lead.

  14. “After the Giants drive stalled and they had to punt”

    Just a reminder that no one ever “has to” punt. They choose to. There are places where it’s more or less safe to go for it, but it’s always a choice. Especially with the game on the line in the final minutes.

    Same with “Washington’s defense did force a three-and-out as the Giants were only able to take 16 seconds off the clock on the possession”. Teams have four downs available, they just don’t choose to use them all the same way.

  15. realfootballfan says:
    September 17, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Heinicke did not play well. He was spraying the ball all over the place.


    Completing 74% of your passes for 336 yards is an interesting definition of “spraying the ball all over the place”.

  16. The more things change with the Giants, the more they stay the same. I’ll resist the temptation to write more about this latest debacle.

  17. kevpft,

    Good stats are different from actually playing well. I saw two mediocre QBs who played against two underwhelming defenses last night and racked up better stats because of that. Washington had wide open receivers all night, so I would hope an NFL QB hits those receivers at a high rate.

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