The D.C. Do-Over

September 17, 2021

By: Carlos Alvarez

Happy Friday 


The final game of Week 1 in the NFL was a dramatic overtime thriller, but the opener of Week 2? A finish for the ages in D.C. left Giants fans heartbroken after a game-altering, last-second penalty. The weekend is here, and football’s fall takeover is getting fun.


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The D.C. Do-Over


Washington Takes Down New York (30-29) on Game-Winning Field Goal After Penalty Gives Kicker Second Chance


From heartbreak to celebration! The NFC East battle on Thursday night was an absolute roller-coaster between the Washington Football Team and the New York Giants. A back-and-forth night trickled into the 4th quarter before Washington won a wild finish. Fill-in quarterback Taylor Heinicke seemingly coughed away the game with an interception inside three minutes, but Washington got the ball back in time to set up a game-winning field goal attempt.


The D.C. Do-Over

After Dustin Hopkins pushed his game-winning, 48-yard field goal attempt wide right, an offsides penalty on the Giants gave him another chance. From 43 yards, he delivered. Washington wins it at the horn (30-29).


QB Taylor Heinicke (34/46, 336 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT)

After QB Ryan Fitzpatrick went down with a hip injury last week, Heinicke stepped in get Washington its first win of the season. He did throw the costly interception down the stretch on a wild play, but he led the final drive to set up the game-winning kick.


Other Top Performers

QB D. Jones (NYG): 22/32, 249 yards, 1 TD

QB D. Jones (NYG): 9 rush, 95 yards, 1 TD

WR T. McLaurin (WFT): 11 rec. 107 yards, 1 TD


Watch: Washington-Giants TNF Highlights


Additional Storylines

B/R: Giants’ Unresolved Fatal Flaws Continue to be New York’s Downfall

Yahoo! Sports: Giants’ Mistakes, Including Last Second Offsides, Allow Washington to Steal a Win



The Catcher in the Record Books


Salvador Perez Joins the Home Run Race With Record-Tying 45th Blast


The home run race just got tighter. Royals’ catcher Salvador Perez launched a 2-run homer in his first at-bat Thursday against the A’s to tally his 45th of the season and tie Johnny Bench for the most HRs in a season by a catcher. Perez knotted up the HR race with Vlad Guerrero Jr. (45) as he overtook Shohei Ohtani (44). It’s a three-horse race with two weeks left in the season as no other batter has more than 40 HRs. The Royals may be eliminated from the postseason, but there’s one milestone to hang their hats on. Kansas City lost to the A’s (7-2).


Watch: Salvador Perez Hits Record-Tying 45th HR


MLB Playoff Picture


American League

AL East: Rays (91-56)

AL Central: White Sox (83-63)

AL West: Astros (86-60)

Wild Card: Blue Jays (82-64)

Wild Card: Red Sox (83-65)

In the Hunt: Yankees (82-65), Athletics (79-67), Mariners (78-68)


National League

NL East: Braves (76-68)

NL Central: Brewers (89-57)

NL West: Giants (95-52)

Wild Card: Dodgers (94-53)

Wild Card: Cardinals (76-69)

In the Hunt: Padres (76-70), Reds (76-71), Phillies (74-72), Mets (72-75)


Additional Storylines

Video: Orioles Top Yankees in 10th Inning (3-2) Thanks to Austin Hays’ Walk-Off Single

ESPN: MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Stand With Top Squads Starting to Clinch



\"🏎️\"  Make No Mistakes at Bristol

When cutting the Cup Series playoff field from 16 to 12, drivers and teams who have mistake-free rounds typically will advance. NASCAR’s playoff race at Bristol Motor Speedway is about teams not beating themselves. (FOX Sports)


\"🏀\"  Why Jonquel Jones is the WNBA MVP

As the rest of the WNBA jockeys for seeds and the final playoff spot ahead of Sunday\’s regular-season finales, the experts pick winners for every major season award, including the likely MVP, Jonquel Jones. (ESPN)


\"🏈\"  Colts on Regular-Season ‘Hard Knocks’

HBO’s NFL series is finally venturing into the regular season, and the Indianapolis Colts are the first test subject. Here are six things we want to see when the docuseries debuts from Indianapolis on November 17. (USA Today)




The Must-Watch List

It’s another weekend full of football and baseball. Early season on the gridiron means teams are still finding their identity, but the MLB playoff push is quickly separating the hopefuls from the hopeless. We’ll run it back again on Monday. Enjoy!


NFL Week 2 (Sunday)

Rams at Colts (1:00 pm, FOX)

Raiders at Steelers (1:00 pm, CBS)

Saints at Panthers (1:00 pm, FOX)

Titans at Seahawks (4:25 pm, CBS)

Cowboys at Chargers (4:25 pm, CBS)

Chiefs at Ravens (8:20 pm, NBC)

Full NFL Week 2 Schedule


College Football (Saturday)

Nebraska at #3 Oklahoma (Noon, FOX)

Purdue at #12 Notre Dame (2:30 pm, NBC)

#1 Alabama at #11 Florida (3:30 pm, CBS)

Georgia Tech at #6 Clemson (3:30 pm, ABC)

#22 Auburn at #10 Penn State (7:30 pm, ABC)

#19 Arizona State at #23 BYU (10:15 pm, ESPN)

Full College Football Schedule



Dodgers-Reds Series

Padres-Cardinals Series

Braves-Giants Series

Phillies-Mets Series

Full MLB Schedule



EPL: Tottenham vs. Chelsea (Sun. 11:30 am)

MLS: Portland Timbers vs. LAFC (Sun. 7:30 pm)


NASCAR Playoffs (Race 3)

Bristol Motor Speedway (Sat. 7:30 pm)



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