Giants and Commanders tie: Graham Gano misses game-winning field goal in overtime

New York Giants Kicker Graham Gano threw the longest 58-yard rush in team history, but he couldn’t get the win as they tied with the Washington Commanders, 20-20.

This game required extra time and both teams had the ball multiple times, leaving the Giants with five seconds left and Gano with a chance to win it for their eighth win of the season. Gano threw a 63-yard shot at the Giants’ goal. Carolina Panthers in 2018 so fans knew he had the strength to get through the racks.

Gano shot on goal, but the distance was not enough, and both teams left unscathed in the losing column.

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Terry McLaurin of the Washington Commanders celebrates a first-quarter touchdown against the New York Giants at Metlife Stadium in December.  February 4, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Terry McLaurin of the Washington Commanders celebrates a first-quarter touchdown against the New York Giants at Metlife Stadium in December. February 4, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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It was an inauspicious start for the Giants as Daniel Jones fumbled for the first drive of the game leading to Field goal of commanders.

Then, after a three-time strikeout to New York, Taylor Heinicke rushed forward and found Terry McLaurin for a 19-yard touchdown pass as he ducked a tackle and ran into the end zone.

But the advantage of 10:0 did not prevent the giants from fighting back. Gano hit a 48-yard field goal in the next run, and after Washington hit three outs, Saquon Barkley ran 13 yards to touchdown and tie the score.

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Before the second half, Heinicke did what Jones did as his intended pass was knocked out of his hand before it was made, causing Aziz Oculari to recover the fumble.

New York used that turnover to move up for a touchdown as Jones found Isaiah Hodgins for his first career touchdown, a 6-yard strike, to make it 20-13.

While the offense from both sides slowed down for much of the second half, the Commanders were able to muster a decisive run, going 90 yards and a 20-tie, forcing overtime.

Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants celebrates a second-quarter touchdown against the Washington Commanders at Metlife Stadium on December 20.  February 4, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants celebrates a second-quarter touchdown against the Washington Commanders at Metlife Stadium on December 20. February 4, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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It was Jahan Dotson who interrupted a couple of tackles to go 28 yards and score the deciding score. But the biggest play of the drive was at 4th and 4th, when Heinicke had to scramble to his left and pass the ball to a wide-open Curtis Samuel to gain a 20-yard lead that kept the drive alive.

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The Giants had time in the fourth quarter to win it in regulation time and it looked like Gano would have at least had a field goal chance when Darius Slayton jumped in and got the ball deep in Commanders territory. But he couldn’t take it, and the Giants eventually threw him off.

Jones would have a perfect 200 yards on 25 of 31 airborne while leading the Giants’ rush with 73 yards on 13 carries. In addition to a touchdown, Barkley finished with 63 yards on 18 attempts, catching five from Jones in 18 yards.

For Heinicke, he had another great day on the net with 275 yards on 27 of 41 with two touchdowns. Brian Robinson Jr. he had 96 yards on the ground to lead the team in the snatch, while McLaurin finished with 105 air yards on eight catches.

The New York Giants' Graham Gano misses an overtime field goal against the Washington Commanders at Metlife Stadium on Dec. 21.  February 4, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  The game ended in a 20-20 draw.

The New York Giants’ Graham Gano misses an overtime field goal against the Washington Commanders at Metlife Stadium on Dec. 21. February 4, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The game ended in a 20-20 draw.
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The Commanders will again receive the Giants two weeks after their final week, with the Giants playing another NFC East game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Metlife Stadium next Sunday.