NY Giants vs. Washington: Will Big Blue end 0-11 prime time skid? Live updates, prediction

NY Giants vs. Washington: Will Big Blue end 0-11 prime time skid? Live updates, prediction

Art Stapleton
 

NFL writer

LANDOVER, Md. – You have to go back to Pat Shurmur’s first of two seasons as head coach of the New York Giants to find the last time the franchise won a game in prime time.

That night in Santa Clara, Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes – two to Odell Beckham Jr. – and the game-winner to Sterling Shepard with 53 seconds left to snap a five-game losing streak in a 27-23 triumph over the 49ers. Saquon Barkley was a rookie, and his 23-yard catch brought possession into the red zone, allowing Manning to connect with Shepard on third down to give the Giants the win.

A lot has changed since then, of course. Daniel Jones took over for Manning at quarterback the following year, Shurmur’s last with the Giants, and then there was Joe Judge’s two-year reign as head coach leading into this season with Brian Daboll at the helm, and general manager Joe Schoen running the front office.

The Giants (7-5-1) have lost 11 consecutive prime time games in advance of Sunday night’s rematch against the Washington Commanders (7-5-1), with whom they tied two weeks ago. Both teams would be in the playoffs if the season ended today, but it does not, setting up a potential playoff elimination game between the NFC East rivals.

Keep checking back for live updates and everything you need to know from FedEx Field throughout the day.

Here’s a walk down memory lane to relive each of the past 11 losses in prime time for the Giants, and how they got to this point, including nine starts for Jones as they look to end the skid on the biggest stage of Daboll’s first year:

Tom Brady had two touchdown runs and moved ahead of Peyton Manning for second place on the NFL’s all-time passing yards list as New England pulled away for a blowout win in Foxborough, Mass.

The reigning Super Bowl champion Patriots also returned a blocked punt for a touchdown and forced four turnovers, including a fumble return for a score, to move to 6-0 for the first time since time since 2015.

It was the 19th straight victory against a first or second-year quarterback, the longest such streak in NFL history, as Jones took his lumps against the Patriots.

2. Monday, Nov. 4, 2019: Cowboys 37, Giants 18

Dak Prescott threw an interception on his first pass, but the momentum in the Giants’ favor didn’t last long. The Cowboys’ quarterback bounced back and threw for three touchdowns, Dallas turned three Daniel Jones turnovers into 13 points on their way to a rout that was briefly delayed in the second quarter when a black cat ran across the field inside MetLife Stadium.

The Giants led 12-3 with 2:50 left in the first half, but the Cowboys scored 10 points in the final 52 seconds of the half to take a 13-12 lead.

3. Monday, Dec. 9, 2019: Eagles 23, Giants 17 (OT)

Eli Manning got the start in place of Daniel Jones, who suffered a high ankle sprain the previous week. And the two-time Super Bowl MVP had some early magic, firing a pair of first-half TD passes to Darius Slayton in his first game since Week 2. The Giants jumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead, but the Eagles had the last laugh, rallying to send Big Blue to its ninth straight loss, tying a franchise record set in 1976.

4. Monday, Sept. 14, 2020: Steelers 26, Giants 16

Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdowns in an empty MetLife Stadium due to the pandemic in Joe Judge’s debut as head coach. Saquon Barkley rushed for just six yards on 15 carries, and he wound up tearing his ACL the following week in Chicago.

Trailing 16-10, the Giants marched 87 yards on 19 plays in the third quarter. That’s when Bud Dupree pressured Jones as he rolled left from the 4-yard line. His pass was deflected – Jones was trying to throw the ball out of bounds – and defensive tackle Cam Heyward caught the ball in the end zone for a back-breaking interception.

5. Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020: Eagles 22, Giants 21

It was a perfect throw from Daniel Jones, and should have sealed the victory. Instead, the pass went through Evan Engram’s fingers, breathing life into an eventual Eagles’ rally that crushed the Giants in Philadelphia, which is par for the course.

Jones tried to take the heat off Engram by saying he could’ve put the football in a better spot on the third-and-7 from the Giants’ 47, and it was an admirable attempt at protecting a teammate. But that was about as good of a throw from Jones as you can make in that situation.

This game is also remembered in part for Jones’ gaffe at the end of an eye-popping 80-yard run when, looking back over his shoulder to see if the Eagles were gaining on him, he tried to find another gear just shy of the 15-yard line and stumbled.

Jones went tumbling to the ground, not a defender between him and the end zone, and quickly he became a symbol for the joke the Giants had become in the standings.

Boston Scott ended up punctuating the Eagles’ comeback – of course he did.

6. Monday, Nov. 2, 2020: Bucs 25, Giants 23

The Giants had the eventual Super Bowl champs and Tom Brady beat.

With 33 seconds left in the game, Jones threw a 19-yard touchdown pass over the middle to Golden Tate to make it 25-23. The Giants went for two, but were unable to convert. A defensive pass interference penalty was called on Tampa Bay’s Antoine Winfield, but the referees ultimately picked the flag up, ending the Giants’ chances.

Two Jones interceptions led to 10 points for Tampa Bay, which ultimately used that game as a springboard to bigger and better things, most notably a Super Bowl victory at season’s end.

7. Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020: Browns 20, Giants 6

Colt McCoy started for an injured Jones, and the Browns swarmed the Giants from the start. Because the Giants were still in the hunt in an inept NFC East, their game against Cleveland was flexed into “Sunday Night Football.” Unfortunately, an opportunity to see Odell Beckham Jr. against his old team was ruined when Beckham tore his ACL earlier that season in October. Saquon Barkley suffered a similar fate in Week 2.

8. Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021: Washington 30, Giants 29

The Giants spilled onto the field in jubilation after Dustin Hopkins pushed a 48-yard field-goal attempt wide right as time expired. However, the celebration at FedEx Field was short-lived when Dexter Lawrence was flagged for being offsides.

Given a second chance, Hopkins drilled the do-over from five yards closer and dealt the Giants a devastating loss.

Had the Giants closed the game out, the slide would have ended and Jones would be undefeated at FedEx in three starts.

9. Monday, Nov. 1, 2021: Chiefs 20, Giants 17

Oshane Ximines jumped offside to negate Darnay Holmes’ interception of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes with 4:29 left to play in the game. The Giants would have taken over deep in Kansas City territory and set up to pull off a mammoth upset at Arrowhead.

Early in the fourth quarter, Daniel Jones hit Evan Engram for a touchdown catch that gave the Giants a 17-14 lead.

Somehow, the Chiefs found a way to fight back into the game. They rallied behind two fourth-quarter field goals from Harrison Butker, including the go-ahead 34-yarder with 1:07 left.

10. Monday, Nov. 22, 2021: Bucs 30, Giants 10

By the end of this one, the outcome was humiliating. The Giants were blown out in the second half, and the fallout led to the dismissal of offensive coordinator Jason Garrett the following morning.

The Giants fumbled away any chance they had – not literally, of course, but figuratively. It was fourth-and-1 from the Buccaneers’ 25-yard line, and the Giants, trailing by seven points, went with an odd play call that had reserve players on the field rather than starters. The pass from Daniel Jones fell incomplete, and the Bucs scored 20 unanswered points.

11. Monday, Sept. 26, 2022: Cowboys 23, Giants 16

The Cowboys dominated the line of scrimmage for much of the game, making plays when it mattered. The Giants as they did the first two weeks en route to victories, hung in there and were scrappy in a great “White Out” atmosphere at MetLife Stadium.

This time, Saquon Barkley’s 36-yard touchdown run gave them life, and Jones refused to let their upset bid die without a fight. He completed 20-of-37 passes for 197 yards and an interception, but also rushed for 79 yards on nine carries, scrambling through and around constant duress.

Drops by Sterling Shepard and Kenny Golladay squelched a Giants’ rally on their second-to-last possession, and then David Sills’ slip led to a game-clinching interception.

Adding injury to insult on that final Giants’ offensive play, Shepard tore his ACL.

Now the Giants have another opportunity to show they belong on the big stage, and the stakes are incredibly high.

Giants 24, Commanders 20: This will ultimately be the defining moment of Brian Daboll’s first season as head coach. National television audience watching. The stakes are incredibly high. There is a feeling of unfinished business from their 20-20 tie from two weeks ago. The Commanders are coming off their bye, so the last time they were on the field was against the Giants. Meanwhile, Big Blue has to prove its mettle after getting blown out by the Eagles. Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones have played well at FedEx Field, and expect that to continue. The Giants need to attack more early on and see if they can catch Washington flat. Defensively, the pass rush needs to get after Washington QB Taylor Heinecke and not allow him to pick apart the Giants’ secondary, most notably with Terry McLaurin, because he will if they let him. Azeez Ojulari and Kayvon Thibodeaux both had sacks in the last meeting. Leonard Williams (neck) should play, and he and Dexter Lawrence must control the interior, especially against the run. Landon Collins was elevated from the practice squad and should have a role at linebacker in the run defense, which needs to improve. Washington star Chase Young will not play after being listed as questionable in recovery from his torn ACL, according to NFL Network. Defensive tackles Daron Payne and Jon Allen dominated the first meeting, and the Giants can’t let that happen as easily this time around. The Giants were a taunting penalty on Jon Feliciano from putting the game away in regulation last time. They play their best game since the bye and take a big step toward the playoffs with the upset, given they are 4.5-point underdogs, according to Tipico.

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