Taylor Heinicke is displaying us that he isn’t a one-hit-wonder. Earlier this yr, Washington’s quarterback gripped the NFL as he went toe to toe with Tom Brady and the eventual Tremendous Bowl champion Buccaneers, and arguably gave them the largest run for his or her cash as they have been en path to a Lombardi Trophy. After all, the one motive Heinicke was even beginning in that sport was on account of then-starter Alex Smith being dominated out on account of harm. However, he performed, performed properly, and opened loads of eyes.
Quick-forward to Week 2 of the 2021 season and Heinicke’s Cinderella story within the NFL launched its newest chapter.
In prime time, the previous undrafted quarterback out of Outdated Dominion earned his first-ever win as a beginning quarterback within the NFL and did so in dramatic vogue.
On the 4:50 mark within the fourth quarter, Giants kicker Graham Gano drilled a 55-yard area objective to present New York a six-point lead over Washington. Heinicke and the remainder of the offense then took the sector and rapidly moved the ball down the sector and into the top zone. The 28-year-old related with J.D. McKissic for a 56-yard sideline cross after which threw what could possibly be the most effective ball of his profession — a 19-yard dime within the nook of the top zone to Ricky Seals-Jones.
That rating coupled with a Giants punt on their ensuing possession, seemingly had Washington within the driver’s seat to churn out a win, particularly as they approached the two-minute warning. Previous to that break, nevertheless, Heinicke made the one mistake he could not afford — an interception by the hands of James Bradberry that put New York instantly within the pink zone. It was at that time the place Heinicke was regarded as turned again right into a pumpkin as he handed the ball and what seemed to be the win again to the Giants, who hit one other area objective to go up 29-27.
Heinicke wasn’t achieved, although. He was in a position to shake off the interception and proceeded to assist Washington transfer 50 yards down the sector with only one timeout in his pocket to arrange the game-winning area objective and provides himself his first-ever victory as a starter. On the game-winning drive, he accomplished 6 of 8 for 36 yards earlier than spiking the ball on the grass with simply 5 seconds on the clock.
Heinicke completed this Thursday evening thriller, finishing 34 of his 46 throws for 336 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. He was significantly sharp off play-action as Subsequent Gen Stats had him finishing 13 of 15 for 153 yards. These two passing scores additionally got here off that motion.
Once more, much like how he discovered himself beginning within the Divisional Spherical final season, Heinicke was solely underneath middle in Week 2 on account of an harm to the quarterback beforehand above him on the depth chart in Ryan Fitzpatrick. What’s totally different now’s that Heinicke will be capable to spend the subsequent few months stating his case to carry this put up for Washington. Whereas it stays to be seen how that state of affairs will play out, Heinicke has already proven us that he is able to embrace the chance.
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