Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara, who was burned by Julio Jones to set up the winning touchdown in Sunday's loss to the Falcons, was grateful for the quick turnaround leading up to Thursday night's game against Washington at MetLife Stadium.
Amukamara got an early shot at redemption and came up with a key interception that helped the Giants set the tone in their 32-21 victory.
"I definitely thought about [getting beaten by Jones] when I got the pick, because that was the last play that I left on the field [Sunday],'' Amukamara said. "And it's like when you play basketball -- well, when I play basketball, I like to make the last shot, just so I leave on a good note. And if I miss the last shot, it just sticks with me. And that's how I felt with the Julio play; I missed a play and it stuck with me. It's a good thing we had a quick turnaround, a short week. Now I have a sweeter taste in my mouth.''
The defense, which blew fourth-quarter leads in the first two games, played well against Washington, especially the secondary. In addition to Amukamara's interception, there was a forced fumble by Trevin Wade and several passes broken up.
Playing without injured cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the secondary got off to a great start when Amukamara stepped in front of Pierre Garçon and picked off a pass thrown by Kirk Cousins in the first quarter. With the Giants ahead 2-0 after a blocked punt by Rashad Jennings produced a safety, Amukamara's interception gave the offense the ball back at the Washington 14. Four plays later, Andre Williams' 1-yard scoring run gave the Giants a 9-0 lead.
"The safety was a big momentum-changer by Rashad. He started it,'' Amukamara said. "And I think my pick as well -- any time you can turn over the ball and put the offense in a position to score, I think that's good for the team.''
The secondary bailed out the Giants early in the fourth quarter when Washington had a fourth-and-1 at the Giants' 7. Running back Matt Jones swept around the left side and appeared headed for a touchdown. But a hustling Amukamara dived and took Jones' legs out from under him, and Wade stripped the ball before Jones crossed the goal line. The ball went into the end zone and out of bounds for a touchback.