For the fifth straight season, the New York Giants are 0-2 after falling to the Washington Football Team 30-29 on Thursday night at FedExField.
This was a game the Giants should have won.
New York was on the verge of winning after Washington’s Dustin Hopkins missed a 48-yard field goal with no time left on the clock. However, Giants DT Dexter Lawrence went offsides, and Hopkins got another chance and connected from 43 yards.
On Friday, Lawrence discussed what went wrong.
“That’s on me,” he said. “I’ve got to be more disciplined in that time at the end of the game like that in a critical situation. That’s why I’m on the field. It was unfortunate to have it happen then, and he missed it, but I’ve just got to do better….
“I hold myself to a high standard. I don’t play for myself; I play for my brothers on the field with me. For things like that, it is part of the game, but at the same time, for me, I can’t make that mistake. I don’t want to let my brothers down. I don’t want to let my family down. It’s just an unfortunate turn of events. The frustration is there on myself, not because of the call or anything like that.”
Lawrence was not the only one that let the Giants down on Thursday night. With the Giants up 23-20 in the fourth, wide receiver Darius Slayton dropped a wide-open pass in the end zone. If Slayton makes that catch, the Giants probably win.
Slayton described what happened on the play.
“Tried to run it down, probably should have dove,” Slayton, who had three catches for 54 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown reception, said on Friday. “Didn’t quite make the play…
“It’s a play that I 100 percent expect to make. Like I said, (I) tried to run it down; I should have ran it down. I’ve ran down a lot of balls in my life. At the end of the day, it’s a four-quarter game, and the game was far from over at that point. Had to move on quick and today is a new day; next week is a new week. Move on quick and make it back in the future.”
New York wasted a very good performance from quarterback Daniel Jones, who threw for 249 yards and one touchdown. Jones also ran for 95 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Most importantly, Jones had no turnovers. In addition, wide receiver Sterling Shepard had nine grabs for 94 yards, and Graham Gano made five field goals(35 straight made field goals).
The Giants host the Falcons next Sunday.