Giants Defense Saves The Day In Win Over Washington, 23-20

After blowing double-digit leads in each of their last three losses, the New York Giants forced two turnovers late in the fourth quarter and five in the game Sunday to avoid squandering a 17-point lead and seal a 23-20 victory against the Washington Football Team.

It looked like the win was secure just before the two-minute warning when Jabrill Peppers intercepted a third-down pass with Washington on the edge of field-goal range. But the offense took only 18 seconds off the clock — quarterback Daniel Jones critically held onto the ball on a blind-side sack — before punting.

Logan Ryan baited Alex Smith into another interception to make sure a fourth straight collapse was avoided. The Giants (2-7) swept the season series against Washington (2-6) for the second straight year and have won five straight in the rivalry.

Jones improved to 4-0 in his two-year career against Washington by completing 23 of 34 passes for 213 yards. He is 1-16 with 16 consecutive losses and counting against the rest of the league.

The Giants had their best rushing performance of the season. Wayne Gallman scored a rushing touchdown for the third straight week and he and Alfred Morris combined for 134 yards on the ground.