3 instant over-reactions as Washington falls short vs. Giants originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
In a matchup of two bad NFC East teams with a wild finish, it came down to which team made the last mistake to crown a winner.
Unfortunately, the last mistake came from Washington quarterback Kyle Allen.
Late in the fourth quarter with the score tied and Washington on the move for a go-ahead score, Allen fumbled, and the Giants scooped the ball up and ran it back for the game-winning touchdown.
Then in classic gunslinger fashion, Allen brought Washington back for another touchdown. All the team needed was a two-point conversion for the win. Riverboat Ron Rivera went for two, Allen didn't get it, and that ended the game.
Washington drops to 1-5 and the Giants get their first win of the year. They share last place in the NFC East.
- He is what we though he was - The scouting report on Kyle Allen was pretty simple - he can be an effective quarterback running a quick pass system, has good mobility, but turns the ball over too much. On Sunday that was completely true. Allen finished with more than 280 yards passing with the TDs but an interception and a fumble crushed Washington's chances for a win in the Meadowlands. There was the wild comeback late in the game, but that came up one point short in the 20-19 loss.
- House of Payne/Pain - Daron Payne might have played his best game as a professional. He was everywhere at the line of scrimmage, but still Washington's defense gave up too many big plays. Giants QB Daniel Jones busted a 49-yard run in the first half, which marked the ninth 40-yard play this year that Washington gave up. That's the worst in the NFL.
- No pop for Hop - Dustin Hopkins missed an early field goal, and while it was a small deal at the time, Washington ended up losing by one point. If Hopkins makes that kick, does Washington win?