Washington’s Taylor Heinicke, Chase Young react to comeback win vs. Giants
The Washington Football Team pulled off a miracle against the New York Giants on Thursday night, driving down the field in the final minute and ultimately hitting a game-winning field goal as time expired to secure a 30-29 victory. Washington got help from a Dexter Lawrence offsides penalty, allowing kicker Dustin Hopkins a shot at redemption after initially missing the game-winning kick.
Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke was one of the heroes after nearly being a goat thanks to his awful late-game interception that set up New York’s go-ahead field goal. But he responded with poise on the game-winning drive. After the game, Heinicke got to hug his mom and then discussed overcoming his big gaffe.
“Don’t let it roll over in your head,” he said. “I had to get my composure about me.”
Washington star defensive end Chase Young tossed flowers in Heinicke’s direction:
“He’s a baller,” Young said. “We have all trust in [Heinicke]. He can throw the pill.”
Heinicke is filling in for Ryan Fitzpatrick after the veteran suffered a hip injury that will keep him out about half the season. While the late interception was bad, he had an otherwise pretty outstanding performance.
The Washington quarterback completed 34 out of 46 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns in addition to that one interception. Right before that pick, Heinicke drove Washington down the field for a touchdown drive to give them the lead.
If Washington gets this version of Taylor Heinicke in relief of Fitzpatrick, Washington should be just fine, though it would certainly help if the elite defense showed up. Perhaps Heinicke even takes the job full-time even when Fitzpatrick comes back healthy. He certainly showed that he has a little magic in him as well.