EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Giants and their first-year coach Joe Choose have lastly gained, they usually 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 Group 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 go from Kyle Allen to Cam Sims with 0:36 left within the fourth quarter to cap a 10-play, 75-yard drive.
As a substitute of enjoying for extra time by having his kicker strive 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 go below stress.
It 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.
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 top zone — to the applause of teammates in a spectator-less stadium.
Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who wasted an extended third-quarter drive with an interception, threw a 23-yard landing go to Darius Slayton and Graham Gano kicked two area objectives.
Allen threw a 5-yard landing go to Logan Thomas, and Dustin Hopkins, who missed from 47 yards on the opening drive, hit two shorter area objectives.
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 behind the top 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-Three late within the second quarter, Rivera made a gutsy name on fourth-and-Four 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 vast receiver C.J. Board was carted off the sector early within the third quarter after taking a giant hit from Washington security Deshazor Everett whereas attempting to catch a low go. He was identified with a concussion and a neck damage 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 damage on the second play from scrimmage and didn’t return. Huge receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden left with a hamstring damage.
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 the same quantity through the staff’s first two house 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.