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Washington drops 5th straight; falls to Giants

Washington coach Ron Rivera rolled the dice and went for the win with a 2—point conversion. It failed and they lost 20-19.
Credit: AP
New York Giants defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (97) and Blake Martinez (54) rush Washington Football Team quarterback Kyle Allen (8) during a point after try in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. The point after try was unsuccessful. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Joe Judge won’t have a lot of time to enjoy his first win as New York Giants coach. In fact, the 38-year-old Judge barely had time to celebrate as the Giants rode a wild final four minutes, a decisive play by Mr. Irrelevant and a game-saving late stop by the defense on a 2-point conversion to a 20-19 victory over Washington on Sunday.

After the final whistle, Judge hugged people on the sideline and then immediately starting thinking about playing the Eagles in Philadelphia on Thursday night.

“The emotional sideline was just joy for players,” Judge said. “To see them smile and see them rewarded for hard work, that’s really why you play.”

The Giants, who blew a 10-point lead, gave Judge a game ball and doused him with liquid from bottles in the locker room after the game, which was decided on two big plays in the final 3:28.

Rookie linebacker Tae Crowder, the last player taken in the NFL draft — Mr. Irrelevant — scooped up a fumble and ran 43 yards for a touchdown to give New York a 20-13.

Washington (1-5) came right back and got within a point on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Allen to Cam Sims with :36 left in regulation to cap a 10-play, 75-yard march.

Washington coach Ron Rivera rolled the dice and went for the win with a 2—point conversion. Allen found no one open, scrambled to his left and had his pass under pressure fall incomplete, giving New York (1-5) a W.

“I told them in the locker room I play to win,” Rivera said to reporters. “I told you guys that’s part of my philosophy. The only way to learn to win is to play to win. That’s what I want those guys to understand.”

The stop allowed the Giants to avoid a second 0-6 start since 2013. “It was win or lose at that point,” said cornerback James Bradberry, whose interception set up a 23-yard touchdown pass by Daniel Jones to Darius Slayton in the first half.

Allen said he looked around after the snap and didn’t see much open. “You want to give our guys a chance to make a play,” said Allen, who finished 31 of 42 for 280 yards . “Glad we went for 2. Wish we would have gotten it.”

Washington rallied from a 10-point deficit to tie the game midway before a rare Giants quarterback pressure turned the game around. On a third-and-9 from the Giants 45, linebacker Kyler Fackrell strip-sacked Allen for an 8-yard loss. Crowder chased down the bouncing ball, gained possession and ran untouched to the end zone — to the applause of teammates. No fans were allowed at the game at MetLife Stadium. “I was just in the right spot at the right time,” Crowder said.

Graham Gano added two field goals for New York. Allen threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Logan Thomas, and Dustin Hopkins, who missed from 47 yards on the opening drive, hit two shorter field goals.

Jones, who rushed for a team-high 74 yards, was 12 of 19 for 112 yards and an interception by Kendall Fuller in the back of the end zone that ended a nine-minute-plus drive. “We have battled these first five weeks and haven’t gotten the results we all hoped for,” Jones said. “To get it was thrilling, and coach’s first win, it was a lot of fun to do that.”