What they're saying after the Giants' win over Washington
The Giants defeated the Washington Football Team 20-19 in Week 6 for the team's first win of the season.
Here is what is being said after the Giants' first win.
View photos from the Week 6 matchup between the Giants and Washington at MetLife Stadium.
Joe Judge's Giants get first win in dramatic fashion
Who had Tae Crowder scoring the Giants' first game-winning touchdown of the Joe Judge era?
Almost certainly, nobody. Crowder, after all, is a rookie linebacker who was the 255th and last player selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. Not exactly a combination of credentials that would prompt thoughts of Crowder's name appearing in the same sentence as "end zone."
But on Sunday afternoon in MetLife Stadium, this year's Mr. Irrelevant was anything but. An alert Crowder scooped up a fumble by Washington quarterback Kyle Allen and sprinted 43 yards to the…end zone. Crowder, who started his second consecutive game, scored the go-ahead points in what became a 20-19 victory against the Washington Football Team that gave the Giants their first victory after five straight losses.
"I wanted to dive on it bad," Crowder said. "One of my goals was to help the team and I know if I could scoop it up and get in the end zone, it would help the team, and it was something we needed at the moment."
Many players at the end of the seventh round soon recede into oblivion. But Crowder took pride in his status and with his title.
"I took it as motivation," he said. "I love the name, I just wanted to get here, get to work with my team. One of my goals for this year was to help the team in any way I can."
And that he did. The score was tied 13-13 and Washington faced a third-and-nine at the Giants' 45 when Kyler Fackrell sacked Allen for an eight-yard loss and forced the ball out of his hands and to the ground. When Crowder first bent down to pick it up, he kicked it forward a few yards before securing it and starting his sprint to the goal line.
"I have to say big ups to my teammate Kyler Fackrell for making a big play, a strip-sack on the quarterback," Crowder said. "I was in the right place at the right time."
"I wish Tae would've bent his knees a little better and taken it cleaner off, but I'm glad the second time through he got it and finished it on out," Judge said. "But it was a nice job of the guys putting pressure on it. We've been preaching for a while to keep the pressure on the quarterback and turnovers will come. They did today and Tae did a good job of finishing the play. We've just got to make sure we don't kick that thing initially and give him an opportunity to get on that ball."
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Notes and statistics from the Giants' 20-19 victory over the Washington Football Team:
*The victory was the Giants' first under coach Joe Judge and ended their six-game losing streak dating back to last season. Both teams are 1-5.
*Three of the Giants' last four victories have been against Washington and they have beaten their NFC East rivals four consecutive times. The teams meet again in FedExField on Nov. 8.
*The one-point victory was the Giants' first since they defeated Tampa Bay, 32-31, in Daniel Jones' first NFL start on Sept. 22, 2019.
*Rookie linebacker Tae Crowder, who was selected 255th and last in the 2020 NFL Draft, scored the game-winning points on a 43-yard return of a Kyle Allen fumble with 3:29 remaining in the fourth quarter. Kyler Fackrell forced Allen's fumble on an eight-yard sack.
*It was the Giants' first go-ahead defensive touchdown in the last four minutes of a fourth quarter or overtime since Oct. 31, 1999, when Michael Strahan scored on a 44-yard interception return in overtime to beat the Eagles in Philadelphia.
*Crowder is the first Giants rookie to score a defensive touchdown since cornerback Bruce Johnson's 34-yard interception return at Dallas on Sept. 20, 2009.
*The defensive touchdown was the Giants' second in as many weeks. Last week in Dallas, Fackrell returned an interception 46 yards for a score.
*It was the Giants' first fumble return touchdown since Markus Golden's 42-yard score on Oct. 10, 2019, at New England and the team's longest fumble return touchdown since Jason Pierre-Paul's 43-yarder at Cleveland on Nov. 27, 2016.
Highlights: New York Giants 20, Washington Football Team 19
Check out the video below to view full highlights from the New York Giants' 20-19 win over the Washington Football Team in Week 6.