LANDOVER, Md. — The sport was over. The Giants had gained. Dustin Hopkins had missed a 48-yard subject objective huge proper on the finish and Daniel Jones and the euphoric Giants rushed off their sideline to have fun.
Besides Dexter Lawrence had lined up offside.
When Hopkins nailed the 43-yard subject objective as time expired, the Washington Soccer Crew, the 30-29 winner, rushed the sector for the one celebration that mattered.
“I’m not gonna put this on Dexter Lawrence,” Joe Decide mentioned.
He might put it on nearly everybody besides Daniel Jones.
Jones had lofted a rainbow excessive and much, and the ball and the ballgame appeared destined to drop into the palms of Darius Slayton in the long run zone. And Darius Slayton dropped the ball.
The scoreboard clock confirmed 6:18 remaining. It ought to have been Giants 30, Washington Soccer Crew 20. It will be Giants 26, Washington Soccer Crew 20 as an alternative. It took Taylor Heinicke two passes — first one 56 yards, second one 19 yards — to make it WFT 27, Giants 26.
Jones had been heroic together with his legs within the first half (9-95, 1 TD general) and heroic together with his arm within the second half (23 of 32, 249 yards, 1 TD general).
“All the pieces you can ask of him he did tonight,” Sterling Shepard mentioned.
Now he wanted to be heroic once more.
Get Graham Gano into field-goal vary and save the night time. He couldn’t do it. Couldn’t make the form of championship drive that champions make. However simply because his protection didn’t have his again didn’t imply the soccer gods couldn’t attempt to assist. And James Bradberry darted in entrance of Terry McLaurin to intercept Taylor Heinicke on the WFT 20. Then the Giants went right into a conservative shell.
Gano’s 35-yard subject objective, his fifth of the night time, with two minutes left ought to have made Jones and the Giants 29-27 winners. The Dangerous Information Giants are 0-2 on advantage.
Jones had a lot to beat:
The lack of captain Nick Gates within the first quarter to a ugly decrease leg fracture which additional debilitated Jones’ ghastly offensive line.
His personal protection, which has gone backwards below Patrick Graham and was letting Heinicke have his means.
He had gashed the Washington Soccer Crew together with his legs — Danny Wheels on this night time, or Danny Lightning Bolt, or Loopy Legs Jones — and hadn’t misplaced a fumble, hadn’t been intercepted, and so he had managed to maintain the Giants within the struggle.
After which it was time for Danny Dimes.
He stood tall within the pocket. He delivered correct passes. He was a battlefield commander. He refused to blink. It was the third quarter when Jones had lastly tried a deep shot in the direction of the appropriate sideline however Kenny Golladay reached out for it with one hand when two would have been advisable, and it fell incomplete.
Then he tried one other one down the left sideline and this time he hit Slayton, who had overwhelmed William Jackson III off the road, completely in stride for the 33-yard TD that made it NYG 20, WFT 14.
The referendum on Daniel Jones gained’t be handed immediately, or tomorrow. He bought off the canvas and Put Up in his Put Up or Shut Up Yr 3. The 12 months when he has no excuses to not get his crew in the long run zone and win video games.
The Giants didn’t essentially draft Jones sixth general to be a gunslinger, though he confirmed flashes of 1 as a rookie. They’re asking him to be a degree guard who can distribute the ball effectively to the open man.
He did that on Thursday night time. And extra. And didn’t deserve Golladay shouting at him on the sideline.
“Me and Kenny have an ideal relationship,” Jones mentioned. “I respect his ardour and emotion.”
They cleared the air afterwards within the gut-punched locker room.
Jones had steamed down the left sideline on a read-option keeper within the second quarter, then he lower inside a block by C.J. Board to streak into the tip zone with what would have been a 58-yard TD run. It was a 46-yard run as a result of Board had been known as for holding Jackson III.
The scoreboard clock was exhibiting 5:52 left within the first quarter when one of many three Giants’ offensive captains crumpled to the bottom and was carted off with a decrease leg fracture. Your complete Giants sideline after a number of minutes walked onto the sector to console and hug their brother Gates.
Barkley’s 41-yard deja vu burst by an enormous gap on the appropriate aspect of the road positioned the Giants for a subject objective … however Jones was sacked out of field-goal vary on third down.
Jones, behind his reconfigured offensive line that noticed new middle Billy Worth transfer Gates over to left guard, had confirmed you all of the strikes on his opening possession: three completions and three runs, one a learn possibility for 15 yards, one a QB draw for a 6-yard TD.
“The wonderful thing about enjoying in our metropolis,” Decide mentioned, “is the truth that [fans] trip excessive and low each week with you.”
They’re using as little as you possibly can trip immediately.Da