LANDOVER, Md. — Daniel Jones completed his longest pass of the season, didn’t turn over the ball for the first time and the Giants defeated the Washington Football Team, 23-20, on Sunday.
Jones was 23 of 34 for 212 yards, including a 50-yard connection with Austin Mack and a touchdown pass to Evan Engram to build a 17-point halftime lead. The Giants (2-7) attempted to run the clock down in the second half and survived a couple of touchdown drives led by Washington quarterback Alex Smith, who replaced the injured starter Kyle Allen.
Smith connected with Terry McLaurin on a 68-yard score, his first touchdown pass in 728 days, to cut the Giants’ lead to 23-20 in the fourth quarter. But Smith threw two interceptions in the final two minutes and 18 seconds to end the threat for Washington (2-6). Both of the Giants’ wins are against Washington.
Before things got shaky for the Giants, Wayne Gallman rushed for a touchdown and Graham Gano made three field goals to extend his streak to 18.
Allen injured his left ankle late in the first quarter, forcing Smith into just his second N.F.L. game since he broke his right leg in November 2018. Allen’s left leg bent the wrong way on a sack by Jabrill Peppers, who was flagged for unnecessary roughness, and there was an air cast on it as he was carted off the field.
Smith was 24 of 32 for 325 yards, the touchdown and three interceptions. Washington receiver Cam Sims had a coming-out party of sorts. He had three catches for 110 yards Sunday after entering with a total of 88 yards receiving in his first 14 N.F.L. games.
Washington played its first home game this season with fans in the stands, including some Giants supporters among the 3,000 in attendance.
Despite picture-perfect, dry conditions, it looked early on like the ball was covered in grease — or just that this was an N.F.C. East game.
Antonio Gibson fumbled after a 20-yard reception on Washington’s first offensive play, and the ball slipped through several players’ fingers before the Giants recovered it 26 yards downfield. Jones’s 50-yard pass to Mack came on the next snap.
Washington punt returner Isaiah Wright muffed a catch not long after, setting up Gallman’s 2-yard touchdown run.
The Giants host the Philadelphia Eagles in their penultimate N.F.C. East game this season, while Washington visits the Detroit Lions.