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The Giants are one step closer to punching their ticket to the postseason. New York moved to 8-5-1 on the season after defeating the Washington Commanders 20-12 in an NFC East prime-time showdown.

Washington got on the board first in this NFC East matchup, but a fumble by rookie Keivon Thibodeau that he recovered for a touchdown gave New York the lead in the opening minutes of the second quarter and they held on the rest. on the way.

Trailing 17-12 in the fourth quarter, Washington looked like it was going to hold on to the lead, especially after Taylor Heinicke connected with Jahan Dotson for a 61-yard catch that put them in New York territory. However, Heinicke fumbled just a few plays and the ball was recovered by New York. Saquon Barkley then drove the punt downfield and chewed up more than four minutes off the clock, eventually hitting a field goal to go up by eight.

That turnover not only eliminated a golden scoring opportunity for Washington, but it allowed the Giants to extend their lead to a touchdown, plus an extra point that came in the final minute when Washington threatened to score again when they got the ball. all the way to the Giants’ 1-yard line.

Daniel Jones finished 21 of 32 passing for 160 yards. Meanwhile, Barkley rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Heinicke was 17 of 29 passing for 249 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed three times for 33 yards.

While neither club is out of the current NFC playoff picture, the win moves New York up to 6th in the conference as the Commanders drop to 7th at 7-6-1. With these two clubs tied in Week 13, it’s worth noting that the Giants also clinched the rivalry tiebreaker with this win.

From here, the Giants will travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings on Christmas Eve. As for the Commanders, they will also be on the road next Saturday when they visit the Bay Area for a matchup with the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday 16th.


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