Giants survive vs. Washington in ugly, clumsy fashion — but this is how they’ll have to win games in 2020, so

Giants survive vs. Washington in ugly, clumsy fashion — but this is how they’ll have to win games in 2020, so

This is how these Giants will have to win games — on the rare occasion that happens in 2020. But they won’t apologize for ugly, won’t apologize for not being household names. Nor should they. Sign up for Giants Extra: Get exclusive news, behind-the-scenes observations and the ability to text directly with reporters Because in this season, with this talent-thin roster, the Giants ought to embrace any success — no matter the opponent, no matter the clumsy path to victory. And the Giants' 20-19 win Sunday over a crummy Washington team was all of that — ugly, clumsy, nerve-wracking, and decided by a couple lower-profile players who gave rookie head coach Joe Judge his first victory. It might mean nothing, in the long run, for general manager Dave Gettleman’s job security, and nothing for whether Daniel Jones can eventually become a franchise quarterback. Yet for one day, even as it boosted the rebuilding Giants to 1-5, this win meant a whole lot. The Giants narrowly avoided their first 0-6 start since 2013. Jones avoided falling to 3-15 as a starter, despite committing his 32nd turnover (and 18th interception). How narrow was this? Well, the game would’ve gone to overtime, tied at 20, if Washington coach Ron Rivera hadn’t gone for two with 36 seconds left, after a 75-yard touchdown drive. But Rivera’s gamble failed, and Judge’s Giants finally walked off the field winners. If ever the Giants were going to win a game, Sunday was it — against a 1-4 team that ...
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