Washington was unable to win the long-awaited victory over New York Giants without every second of his effort.
After a penalty negated Hopkins' miss seconds earlier, Hopkins scored a 43 yard field goal and Washington defeated New York 30-29 on Thursday night. This snapped a five-game winning streak for the Giants.
Heinicke also had another moment in the sun, after Washington lost him dearly with a late intercept. Heinicke, 28, was making his second regular season start and first since 2018. His team lost to Tampa Bay and Washington made him a big star.
Heinicke stated, "It's incredible." "The first time I started was in Carolina two or three years ago. I threw three picks and tore my tricep. That was my last start against Tampa. I came to Tampa last year and had a great game but lost. Finally, you get your first win.
Heinicke was forced to play due to Ryan Fitzpatrick's injury. He threw for 336 yard and two touchdowns. Graham Gano scored the Giants' fifth field goal with 2:27 remaining. His interception gave rise to Graham Gano's fifth touchdown. Heinicke guided Washington into the field goal range.
He is able to throw the ball and make all the throws. Coach Ron Rivera stated, "We've seen it." He's very confident."
Hopkins failed to win his first attempt, but Dexter Lawrence flagged Hopkins for being offside. Washington (1-1) won his next attempt, which was a successful one.
Hopkins stated, "Somebody needs to check on my mom." Hopkins said, "She's likely had a heart attack."
Giants (0-2), Daniel Jones threw 249 yards and one touchdown. He ran 95 yards and scored a touchdown.
Washington's defense, which was highly praised, didn't pull its weight for most of the game. New York scored on four of its first possessions in the second half. But after the Giants had gone up 26-20, Heinicke only needed 17 seconds to get Washington ahead.
After that, the Giants had to put the ball down. However, Washington was trying to clock out, so James Bradberry intercepted a Heinicke pass, giving the Giants control of the ball at Washington 20.
Washington's defense forced Heinicke to concede a field goal. Hopkins got an extra chance when he was penalized for Lawrence's error.
Joe Judge, Giants coach, said that it was going to be a difficult lesson. "I won't put this on Dexter."
Washington's defense was once again unable to stop Justin Herbert and his Chargers team last weekend. New York ran 79 yards in just 11 plays its first time it got the ball. Jones' 6-yard run gave New York a 7-0 lead.
Washington tied the score on Heinicke’s 11-yard scoring pass from Terry McLaurin. Jones ran a 58 yard touchdown run. The Giants settled for a field goal after that play was cut short by a holding penalty.
Washington led 14-10 after McKissic's 2-yard touchdown run in the last minute of the second half.
Jones found Darius Slayton, a 33-yard touchdown pass from Jones in the third quarter. This put New York up by 20 points.
Washington's worst defensive error was not punished. Slayton was left alone behind defense with the Giants leading 23-20 at the end of the fourth quarter. However, the pass bounced off his hands.
During their long break between games, the Giants will be haunted by that play and the penalties for Jones' long run and final field goal.
It's a tough job. Sterling Shepard, Giants receiver, said that you give your all and fight until the end. "See the first one fail and you'll see those flags, it's not fun at all."
For 81 yards, the Giants received 11 penalties. Washington had nine penalties for 80 yards -- some of which were expensive.
Gano now has 35 consecutive field goals, which is the longest streak of active field goals in the NFL. He kicked five field goals on Thursday, including kicks from 47 yards, 52 yards and 55 yards.
Giants: OL Nick Gates, Giants, was taken off the field with a fractured leg in the first quarter. Gates, a normal center, was guarded by New York after Shane Lemieux was placed on injured reserve.
Washington: DT Matt Ioannidis, who suffered a knee injury in the first quarter, left the game but was able to return to the action.
Giants: New York will face Atlanta Falcons in New York on Sept. 26.
Washington: Washington has two straight road games, the first against the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 26.