Dustin Hopkins took advantage of a second chance offered by the New York Giants, scoring a field-winning goal as time ticked by as the Washington soccer team triumphed 30-29 in an entertaining game of the NFL Thursday night.
New York’s Dexter Lawrence was called up for offside in Hopkins’ original – unsuccessful – field goal attempt, giving the Giants kicker another five-yard shot closer.
Lawrence’s mistake was one of many mistakes the Giants made – starting with a call on hold that canceled a Daniel Jones touchdown.
Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke, replacing injured Ryan Fitzpatrick and making only his second regular-season start, drove the clutch drive that ultimately took the win, but not without some drama.
The Giants appeared to have escaped the win when Hopkins’ attempt at 48 yards failed, but Lawrence’s offense gave him another shot from 43 yards and there was no error.
It was just the last corner of a back-and-forth battle that saw five leader changes – three of them in the fourth quarter.
Heinicke, an undrafted fourth-year player, teamed up with Ricky Seals-Jones to give Washington a 27-26 lead with less than five minutes remaining.
He then threw an interception for Washington cornerback James Bradberry who set the stage for a Giants field goal that brought the score to 29-27 in New York with two minutes remaining.
The Giants quarterback Jones threw for 249 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 95 yards.
His 58-yard touchdown run was recalled due to his handling, but his 11-yard flurry set up Graham Gano’s 55-yard basket with less than five minutes to play, which put New York in front of 26. -20 – a lead the Giants wouldn’t be able to maintain.
The Giants also saw offensive lineman Nick Gates leave the field early with a nasty lower leg injury, later reported by the team as a broken bone.
Gates was injured when he mingled with Washington defensive tackle Jonathan Allen with 5:57 left in the first quarter and left him on the court in pain.
Coach Joe Judge comforted the player as medics treated him, placing his leg in a cast before he was taken off the pitch, giving fans a wave.