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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – 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.

*The Giants finished with 108 net passing yards, their lowest total since they threw for 86 yards on Nov. 23, 2017, at Washington. It was their lowest net passing yardage total in a victory since Dec. 23, 2007, when they for 94 yards in a 38-21 triumph in Buffalo.

*Jones completed 12 of 19 passes for 112 yards, one touchdown and one interception for a passer rating of 74.9. The attempts, completions and yards were all Jones' lowest totals in his 18 career starts.

*Jones threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Darius Slayton with 1:36 remaining in the first quarter. It was Jones' and the Giants' first touchdown pass since Jones and Slayton hooked up twice in the season opener vs. Pittsburgh on Sept. 14. Jones threw 145 passes between scores.

*All three of Jones' 2020 touchdown passes have been to Slayton.

*Jones led the Giants with seven carries for 74 yards, the highest rushing total by a Giants quarterback since Jeff Hostetler ran for 82 yards at New England on Dec. 30, 1990.

*Jones gained 49 yards on a run around the left end in the second quarter. It was the longest run by a Giants quarterback in the Super Bowl era. The previous long was a 47-yarder by Hostetler at Phoenix on Nov. 10, 1991. The 49-yarder was the second-longest run by a quarterback this season (after a 50-yard touchdown by Baltimore's Lamar Jackson two weeks ago, also against Washington). Jones' previous career high was 49 rushing yards vs. San Francisco on Sept. 27.

*Jones was sacked once, for a four-yard loss by Ryan Kerrigan, whose 12.5 sacks against the Giants are the highest total for an active player.

View photos from the Week 6 matchup between the Giants and Washington at MetLife Stadium.

*Devonta Freeman led the Giants' running backs with 61 rushing yards on 18 carries.

*Tight end Kaden Smith led the Giants with three receptions for 15 yards. Slayton (41 yards) and tight end Evan Engram (30 yards) each caught two passes.

*Rookie wide receiver Austin Mack made his NFL debut with one catch for one yard.

*Third-round draft choice Matt Peart made his first career start at left tackle in place of first-round selection Andrew Thomas, who started each of the first five games. Thomas returned to action in the first series of the second quarter. Peart played the first and third quarters and Thomas played in the second and fourth quarters.

Thomas and Judge each said the change in the starting lineup was made for disciplinary reasons.

"I was late for our meeting last night," Thomas said. "Coach Judge always talks about actions have consequences, and I take responsibility for my actions and the consequences. It won't happen again."

"I want to make clear, this wasn't performance based at all," Judge said. "I'm not going to go too far into detail, but what I will say is Andrew violated team policy. There was nothing disobedient, disrespectful or malicious in what he did, but he made a mistake and there's consequences for mistakes. We've got to make sure that we go ahead and we handle that the right way. That being said, I thought that Andrew did a really good job of accepting it, staying ready, performing when he got in the game.

"Matt – you know, we always preach 'be ready to play' – his number was called, he was ready to go early and right away. Thought both guys fought and played well when they were in the game. I'll look at the tape for the specifics on different things that came up, but that's all that was right there. In terms of how we're playing everybody going forward, I say it all the time and it's not just something I say, but we plan on playing everybody we take to the game every week, so that's the linemen, that's the skill players, that's everyone across the board right there. Everyone has some kind of role going into the game. I'm glad Matt was ready and I'm proud of how Andrew responded to it, he was very mature about it, came in early and competed well. Again, I'll emphasize it's important that everyone understands he didn't do anything disrespectful, anything malicious or disobedient, but he made a mistake and mistakes have consequences."

*Thomas and Peart are the first pair of offensive linemen to start as rookies for the Giants – and the first to start at the same position – since Chad Wheeler and Adam Bisnowaty both started at right tackle in 2017.

*Cornerback James Bradberry picked up his team-leading second interception of the season when he grabbed an Allen pass intended for Terry McLaurin and returned it 19 yards to the Washington 27-yard line. Three plays later, Jones threw the touchdown pass to Slayton. The interception was the 10th of Bradberry's career and first since Sept. 20 in Chicago.

*Leonard Williams, Logan Ryan and Fackrell each had sacks. Williams and Fackrell share the team lead with 3.0 sacks apiece. Ryan's sack was his first with the Giants. He had 4.5 sacks last season with the Tennessee Titans.

*Blake Martinez led the Giants with 14 tackles (eight solo).

*With outside linebackers Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines both sidelined by injuries, Markus Golden made his first start of the season and knocked down an Allen pass on Washington's final possession.

*Rookie sixth-round draft choice Cam Brown played on defense for the first time and had one assisted tackle. Brown also threw a block for Crowder on the game-winning touchdown.

*Linebacker David Mayo, activated off injured reserve on Friday, had one solo tackle on defense and one assist on special teams in his season debut.

*When nickel corner Darnay Holmes left the game with a neck injury, Logan Ryan moved from free safety to the slot and Julian Love took over at safety. Love seemed to be good position on Logan Thomas in the end zone, but the Washington tight end caught the ball and acrobatically kept his feet inbounds for a five-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds remaining in the first half.

*Linebacker Trent Harris, activated off the practice squad yesterday, was in uniform but did not play.

*Graham Gano kicked field goals of 33 and 20 yards and has made 15 of 16 attempts this season.

*Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins kicked field goals of 35 and 28 yards but was wide right on a 47-yard try on the game's opening possession, a miss that proved to be critical in a one-point game.

*The Giants' inactive players were linebackers TJ Brunson and Lorenzo Carter (who underwent surgery last week to repair a torn Achilles tendon), safety Adrian Colbert, defensive tackle RJ McIntosh, tight end Eric Tomlinson and tackle Jackson Barton.

*After the officials ruled that Allen was stopped short on a third-and-six run with 13:01 remaining in the first quarter, Washington coach Ron Rivera challenged the ruling. After review, referee Brad Allen announced Allen had advanced the ball to the Giants' 38-yard line, good for six yards and a first down. It was the first coach's challenge in a Giants game this season.

*Washington was the second Giants opponent to miss a two-point conversion attempt this season – and the first when intentionally trying to score two points. On Sept. 27, a poor snap on an extra point try forced San Francisco punter/holder Mitch Wishnowsky to throw an errant pass.

*Giants wide receiver C.J. Board was immobilized and carted off the field for what the team later announced was a sprained neck and a concussion. Board was transported to a hospital for further examination.

Judge said the initial news he received about Board was "pretty positive," which he called, "a relief."

"The one thing I can say good news-wise, even on the field he was moving, he was conscious, he was responding, he had feeling, he had movement in all of his extremities," Judge said. "They obviously had to have some precautions with what they were doing. I'll let the doctors diagnose exactly what it is, but the feedback I was given just now was pretty positive overall, so that was a relief."


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