Despite being a much closer game than it should have been, the NY Giants managed to escape Sunday afternoon with a victory against their division rival the Washington Commanders. This was easily the Giants' best game since their Week 2 victory against the Cardinals and could set them up with a good amount of momentum heading into next week's game against the Jets.
With this win came some big-time plays from the Giants' playmakers, as several guys stepped up against Washington. Without these four plays, it's easy to imagine New York falling short once again and sitting at 1-6 instead of 2-5:
4. Leonard Williams blocked FG to keep it a seven point game
The Giants made a lot of special teams mistakes this week, but this was not one of them. For the first time in what seems like forever, New York managed to block an opposing team's field goal thanks to some heroics from Leonard Williams early in the fourth quarter. While it didn't result in any points for the Giants due to a Saquon Barkley fumble, it set them up for a 10-play drive that took a ton of time off the clock.
This was easily Williams' best game of the season, as he finished with two tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss, two QB hits, and the blocked field goal. What makes this stat line even better is that Williams' sack immediately led to the Giants scoring their first offensive touchdown since Week 3 against the 49ers.
Williams has continued to be one of the more under-appreciated players on this Giants' defense, so it was nice to see him finally get the shine he deserves. With all the talk surrounding New York potentially trading the veteran, he likely upped his value a good bit with this play alone, let alone his overall performance in such a huge game. It was a great day for Williams.