EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Giants and their first-year coach Joe Choose have lastly received, and so they have the rookie linebacker Tae Crowder and a dangerous gamble by Washington Coach Ron Rivera to thank.
Crowder, the final participant taken within the 2020 N.F.L. draft — a distinction often called Mr. Irrelevant — scooped up a fumble and ran 43 yards for a landing with three minutes and 29 seconds remaining. That gave the Giants a 20-19 victory over the Washington Soccer Staff on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in a battle of the 2 of the N.F.L.’s worst groups.
The sport wasn’t determined till Rivera rolled the cube after a 22-yard landing cross from Kyle Allen to Cam Sims with 0:36 left within the fourth quarter to cap a 10-play, 75-yard drive.
As an alternative of enjoying for additional time by having his kicker attempt for the additional level, Rivera had Washington (1-5) go for the win with a 2-point conversion in an try to get again within the race for the division lead within the mediocre N.F.C. East. Allen discovered nobody open, scrambled to his left and threw an incomplete cross below stress.
“I advised them within the locker room I play to win,” Rivera stated. “I advised you guys that’s a part of my philosophy. The one option to be taught to win is to play to win. That’s what I would like these guys to know.”
The cease gave Choose, 38, his first win as an N.F.L. head coach and allowed the Giants (1-5) to keep away from their second 0-6 begin since 2013.
“The emotional sideline was simply pleasure for gamers,” Choose stated. “To see them smile and see them rewarded for exhausting work, that’s actually why you play.”
Washington rallied from a 10-point deficit to tie the sport halfway by the fourth quarter. Then a uncommon Giants quarterback stress turned the sport round.
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 tip zone — to the applause of teammates in a spectator-less stadium.
Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who wasted a protracted third-quarter drive with an interception, threw a 23-yard landing cross to Darius Slayton and Graham Gano kicked two subject targets.
“We have now battled these first 5 weeks and haven’t gotten the outcomes all of us hoped for,” Jones stated. “To get it was thrilling, and coach’s first win, it was a variety of enjoyable to do this.”
Allen threw a 5-yard landing cross to Logan Thomas, and Dustin Hopkins, who missed from 47 yards on the opening drive, hit two shorter subject targets.
Jones, who rushed for a team-high 74 yards, was 12 of 19 for 112 yards passing and he threw an interception to Kendall Fuller at the back of the tip zone that ended a nine-minute-plus drive.
Allen was 31 of 42 for 280 yards and an interception by James Bradberry, which arrange the Slayton rating.
Washington used a pair of time-consuming 70-yard drives to tie the sport at 13 with 8:56 left within the fourth quarter.
Trailing 13-3 late within the second quarter, Rivera made a gutsy name on fourth-and-4 from the Giants’ 40. Allen hit Dontrelle Inman for 15 yards after scrambling away from stress. He capped the 13-play drive with a 5-yard rainbow toss to Thomas.
Giants huge receiver C.J. Board was carted off the sector early within the third quarter after taking an enormous hit from Washington security Deshazor Everett whereas making an attempt to catch a low cross. He was discovered to have a concussion and a neck harm and brought to a hospital for analysis. Cornerback Darney Holmes (neck) left within the first half; linebacker Blake Martinez and defensive sort out Dexter Lawrence have been evaluated for concussions and returned.
Washington’s beginning left guard Saahdiq Charles was harm on the second play from scrimmage and didn’t return. Huge receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden left with a hamstring harm.
Each groups have been on the sector for the nationwide anthem. Washington’s Tim Settle, Landon Collins and Montez Sweat raised fists. The Giants had roughly 15 gamers take a knee. They’d an analogous quantity throughout the workforce’s first two dwelling video games.
Each groups will play divisional opponents of their subsequent video games. Washington hosts Dallas subsequent Sunday. The Giants have a brief week and can play in Philadelphia on Thursday.