The Washington Football Team, led by backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke, got their first win of the season Thursday night, 30-29 over the Giants.
Washington’s Dustin Hopkins kicked a 43-yard field goal with no time remaining, on his second attempt at a game-winning kick. He missed from 48 but the Giants’ Dexter Lawrence was flagged for offside. Hopkins then converted on the second chance.
Giants quarterback Daniel Jones had quite the game. He set a franchise record with 95 rushing yards, and he also threw for 249 yards and touchdown. He had a 58-yard TD run in the second quarter nullified by a holding penalty. The holding call, Lawrence’s penalty and a dropped pass in the end zone by Darius Slayton all contributed greatly to the loss.
The Giants (0-2) took the early lead and then kept answering Washington (1-1). They could have gone up by a touchdown after forcing the game’s only turnover, an interception, with 2:22 remaining, but the drive resulted only in a Graham Gano field goal and a two-point lead.
The victory was Heinicke’s first as an NFL QB.
Sporting News tracked live updates and highlights from the Giants vs. WFT game on Thursday. Below are the key moments from the Week 2 matchup.
Giants vs. Washington score
Giants vs. Washington live updates, highlights from ‘Thursday Night Football’
(All times Eastern)
Final: Washington 30, Giants 29
11:41 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, WFT. The field goal attempt is now from 43 yards. Hopkins’ kick is good this time, and Washington gets its first win of the season at the last second.
11:40 p.m. — Hopkins comes out for a 48-yard field goal attempt. The kick is no good, but a flag is thrown for offside on the Giants’ defense. Hopkins gets a second attempt.
11:38 p.m. — McLaurin makes a catch for 6 yards, but the play goes under review. The completion is confirmed with nine seconds remaining.
11:37 p.m. — Humphries advances 7 yards on a reception and then goes out of bounds. Washington is now in field goal range after the first down.
11:36 p.m. — The Giants call their final timeout to avoid a penalty for too many men on the the field.
11:35 p.m. — Washington uses its final timeout. It’s third-and-5 with 28 seconds left.
11:34 p.m. — Giants call their second timeout with 39 seconds remaining.
11:32 p.m. — A flag is thrown for a neutral zone infraction on the Giants’ Lorenzo Carter. First down for Washington, which is now about 3 yards away from field goal territory.
11:31 p.m. — McKissic is short by a yard on third down as Washington quickly drives for the go-ahead score. McKissic redeems himself with a first down on the ensuing fourth-down play.
Giants 29, Washington 27
11:27 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, GIANTS. Pass incomplete to Shepard on third down. The Giants’ field goal crew comes out for a 35-yard attempt. The kick is good and the Giants have now hit on 35 consecutive field goal attempts. Two minutes remain, lots of time for Washington.
11:24 p.m. — The first turnover of the game finally comes. Bradberry intercepts Heinicke’s throw to McLaurin at the Washington 25. This is exactly what the Giants were looking for.
11:23 p.m. — The Giants take their first timeout of the second half with 2:22 remaining.
11:22 p.m. — The Washington crowd is excited. Gibson completes a first down for 11 yards with 3:13 remaining.
11:20 p.m. — An incomplete pass on third down for Slayton as he caught the ball out of bounds. The punt unit comes out as the Giants were unable to get to the field goal range.
11:18 p.m. — Rudolph catches for a 13-yard gain and a first down for New York. The Giants are feeling the pressure as the Washington crowd gets louder.
Washington 27, Giants 26
11:14 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, WFT. Ricky Seals-Jones catches Heinicke’s throw in the end zone for a 19-yard touchdown. It’s Seals-Jones’ first catch of the season. The extra point is good, and Washington takes the lead with 4:33 remaining.
11:14 p.m. — The first play for this Washington drive is a 56-yard gain by McKissic to the New York 19.
Giants 26, Washington 20
11:09 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, GIANTS. Jones attempts to rush for a first down but is taken down at the 37. Gano’s field goal try from 55 yards is good.
Daniel Jones has more rushing yards tonight (82) than Eli Manning ever had in a season with the Giants. Manning’s highest rushing total in a season was 80 in 2005.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 17, 2021
11:08 p.m. — A false start by the Giants. The extra 5 yards make it third-and-10. That’s followed by a second false start by the Giants, and another 5 yards are marked off. New York’s sideline looked agitated.
11:06 p.m. — Jones throws the ball to Slayton in the end zone, but Slayton cannot complete the catch. That could’ve almost sealed the deal for the Giants.
Oh my. Darius Slayton was as wide open as a receiver can get. Nobody covered him. And Daniel Jones’ 43-yard pass to him went right off his right hand in the end zone.
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) September 17, 2021
11:06 p.m. — Penny rushes 1 yard for a Giants first down and then limps to the sideline.
11:04 p.m. — The Giants make a big statement after getting the ball back. Shepard hauls in a 21-yard pass for a first down.
Giants 23, Washington 20
11:00 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, WFT. Washington answers with a field goal, making it a three-point game again.
10:57 p.m. — McLaurin is on fire this quarter. He completes another first down with a 10-yard gain. This was his 10th catch of the game, tying a career high.
10:56 p.m. — Heinicke attempts to run for the first down, but he trips and then fumbles. The Giants are called for defensive holding, so Washington gets out of that mess.
10:54 p.m. — Two plays later, McLaurin completes another first down with a 9-yard gain to New York’s 45. Now 12:15 remaining.
10:53 p.m. — Washington is in need of a scoring drive. McLaurin starts out strong with an 18-yard gain to Washington’s 43.
Giants 23, Washington 17
10:49 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, GIANTS. Gano hits from 52 yards and New York adds to its lead early in the quarter.
Graham Gano DRILLS a 52-yarder, Daniel Jones is standing tall, slinging the rock, and winning this game for the Giants.
He looks GREAT tonight, really nice to see him bounce back after last week. A clean pocket for most of the game has helped too!
— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilsonESM) September 17, 2021
10:48 p.m. — The final quarter starts with Jones being sacked by Kendall Fuller for a loss of 6 on third down. There has yet to be a turnover in this game.
End of third quarter: Giants 20, Washington 17
10:44 p.m. — Giants center Billy Price is penalized for being ineligible downfield.
10:43 p.m. — The Giants follow up with another first down, this one on a 21-yard gain to Washington’s 41.
10:42 p.m. — Slayton gains 13 yards for a first down as the Giants take over.
Giants 20, Washington 17
10:37 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, WFT. The field goal unit comes on after Heinicke’s third-down rush is unsuccessful. Hopkins’ 49-yard kick is right down the middle with 1:30 left in the quarter.
10:36 p.m. — Cosmi gets another flag for holding, resulting in a third-and-17 for Washington.
10:34 p.m. — Gibson picks up 14 yards for another Washington first down.
10:33 p.m. — James Bradberry is flagged for pass interference. Automatic first down for Washington. Giants coach Joe Judge appears upset on the sideline.
Giants 20, Washington 14
10:28 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, GIANTS. Darius Slayton makes his first big play of the game, a 33-yard TD reception. The extra point is good.
10:26 p.m. — Shepard makes up for the loss with a first down. He gets 19 on a third-and-7. New York moves to Washington’s 33.
10:25 p.m. — Shepard is tackled for a 9-yard loss on first down.
10:24 p.m. — Washington’s Kendall Fuller is flagged for pass interference. The Giants receive an automatic first down.
10:19 p.m. — Washington punts after a three-and-out.
10:16 p.m. — Washington’s John Bates is flagged for an illegal double-team block on the ensuing kickoff. The penalty pushes Washington back to its 10.
Washington 14, Giants 13
10:12 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, GIANTS. The Giants fail to get another first down so they bring out their field goal unit for a 47-yard attempt. The kick is good.
10:10 p.m. — The Giants receive an automatic first down after Washington’s Landon Collins is flagged for defensive holding.
10:08 p.m. — Jones runs again for 9 yards. Jones has now rushed for 82 yards; the Giants have 216 yards of total offense. Not a bad start for the quarterback.
10:07 p.m. — Chase Young is flagged for neutral zone infraction, giving the Giants 5 free yards.
10:06 p.m. — The first play of the second half is a 17-yard reception by Shepard for a first down to the Giants’ 42.
10:05 p.m. — The second half kicks off with the Giants receiving.
End of first half: Washington 14, Giants 10
9:48 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN. McKissic runs it in for Washington’s second touchdown of the game. This one comes with 21 seconds remaining in the half. Extra point is good.
9:47 p.m. — Giants call their third and final timeout with Washington facing a third-and-goal on the New York 2.
9:44 p.m. — McLaurin catches the ball for a 10-yard gain to the Giants’ 11 with 39 seconds remaining in the half.
9:44 p.m. — Washington has a successful first yard drive attempt as they inch closer to the redzone.
9:43 p.m. — McKissic was ruled a yard short. Washington is on third down on the New York 29-yard line.
9:42 p.m. — Washington’s J.D. McKissic trips around the first-down line. The play is under review.
9:38 p.m. — As the clock ticks towards the two-minute warning, Adam Humphries advances 12 more yards for Washington as it enters New York territory.
9:37 p.m. — Logan Thomas makes his first big catch of the night, a 24-yard gain to the 50.
9:36 p.m. — Antonio Gibson’s reception is good for a first down at the Washington 26.
Giants 10, Washington 7
9:34 p.m. — FIELD GOAL, GIANTS. Graham Gano’s 23-yard attempt is good.
9:33 p.m. — Shepard advances 6 yards, but that isn’t enough. New York brings out the field goal unit.
9:29 p.m. — Jones runs 58 yards to the end zone, but the touchdown is called back because of holding downfield by receiver C.J. Board. The Giants end up on Washington’s 22 after the penalty. Jones is credited with a 36-yard rush.
9:28 p.m. — Elijhaa Penny completes his first drive of 2021 resulting in a Giants first down. This is the first Giants first down this quarter.
9:27 p.m. — Giants call their second timeout before their third-and-1 play.
9:22 p.m. — Cosmi’s penalty eventually leads to a Washington punt.
9:20 p.m. — Washington’s Sam Cosmi is flagged for unncessary roughness. The 15-yard penalty results in a first-and-22 for Washington.
9:16 p.m. — Jonathan Allen gets his second sack of the night, taking down Jones on third down. The Giants punt after a three-and-out.
Giants 7, Washington 7
9:10 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, WFT. McLaurin makes a first down and then catches an 11-yard throw from Heinicke to get Washington on the board.
9:07 p.m. — Washington follows it up with another first down by Antonio Gibson.
9:06 p.m. — Washington opens the second quarter with a failed third-and-1, but it then converts on fourth down.
End of first quarter: Giants 7, Washington 0
9:02 p.m. — Terry McLaurin catches for a gain of 12 yards and another Washington first down.
9 p.m. — Washington makes its first first down of the game. Dyami Brown makes a 22-yard catch.
8:55 p.m. — Down goes Jones on third down as Chase Young assists on the sack. The Giants punt after getting pushed out of field goal range.
8:53 p.m. — Giants call their first timeout of the game.
8:51 p.m. — Barkley rushes 41 yards for a first down. This is the confidence the Giants needed.
8:47 p.m. — Gates is carted off the field with a lower leg injury. He received a round of applause from the crowd. This is a big loss for the Giants.
Giants OL Nick Gates has a lower-leg fracture, according to the team. He’s obviously out for this game. That looked like he’s going to be out for the season, too.
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) September 17, 2021
8:45 p.m. — Play pauses as Giants guard Nick Gates looks hurt on the field.
8:40 p.m. — Washington has another unsuccessful possession. Three plays and it’s done.
Giants 7, Washington 0
8:34 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, GIANTS. Jones rushes 6 yards for the first touchdown of the game. The Giants drove 71 yards in 11 plays.
8:33 p.m. — Washington’s Chase Young is flagged for roughing the passer, an automatic first down for the Giants.
8:32 p.m. — Jones takes matters into his own hands and runs for a 15-yard gain and first down. The Giants land on Washington’s 14.
8:30 p.m. — Jones’ sack is followed by a 12-yard pass to Sterling Shepard for a first down. The Giants are now in field goal range.
8:30 p.m. — And, already a Giants sack. Jonathan Allen takes down Jones for a loss of 2.
8:29 p.m. — Kenny Golladay advances 17 more yards for another Giants first down, as New York enters Washington territory.
8:28 p.m. — Kyle Rudolph catches Daniel Jones’ 12-yard throw for a Giants first down, the first first down of the game.
8:27 p.m. — Saquon Barkley gets the first rush of the game, advancing 5 yards to the Giants’ 26.
8:25 p.m. — Azeez Ojulari sacks Heinicke and Washington is forced to punt.
8:24 p.m. — Taylor Heinicke’s first throw of the night is incomplete to Logan Thomas and almost picked off by the Giants.
8:23 p.m. — The second week of the NFL season kicks off. DeAndre Carter returns 22 yards for Washington.
How to watch Giants vs. Washington
- Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
- TV channels: NFL Network
- Live stream: NFL Network, fuboTV
The Giants vs. Washington kickoff will be at 8:20 p.m. ET. Pregame coverage will be on the local NBC affiliates in New York and Washington starting at 7 p.m. ET.
Thursday night’s game will be played at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
‘Thursday Night Football’ schedule 2021
|3||Sept. 23||Houston Texans vs. Carolina Panthers||NFL Network|
|4||Sept. 30||Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jacksonville Jaguars||NFL Network|
|5||Oct. 7||Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|6||Oct. 14||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers||NFL Network|
|7||Oct. 21||Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|8||Oct. 28||Arizona Cardinals vs. Green Bay Packers||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|9||Nov. 4||Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Jets||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|10||Nov. 11||Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|11||Nov. 18||Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|12||Nov. 25||New Orleans Saints vs. Buffalo Bills||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|13||Dec. 2||New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|14||Dec. 9||Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|15||Dec. 16||Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|16||Dec. 23||Tennessee Titans vs. San Francisco 49ers||NFL Network|
|16||Dec. 25 (Sat.)||Green Bay Packers vs. Cleveland Browns||Fox, NFLN, Amazon|
|16||Dec. 25 (Sat.)||Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts||NFL Network|