Evan Engram #88 of the Giants celebrates with teammates after...

Evan Engram #88 of the Giants celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against the Washington Football Team at FedExField on November 08, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. Credit: Getty Images/Patrick McDermott

How did the Giants do without wide receiver Golden Tate, who was left at home because of his outbursts over his role in the offense during last week’s loss to the Bucs?

They took it in stride. "We answered the bell," said tight end Evan Engram, who caught a touchdown pass. "Obviously, Golden is a great talent who has made plays over and over again all year. It was unfortunate not to have him . . . We just had to answer the adversity of not having one of our playmakers and go out there and compete and win the game."

The Giants announced Saturday that Tate would not play. When did they know?

Much earlier — if not formally, then at least by educated deduction, as Tate was relegated to scout team reps in the practices he attended in the lead-up to the game. "We just prepared to play and go through the plan," quarterback Daniel Jones said.

Was there a beneficiary of Tate’s absence?

Rookie Austin Mack caught four passes for a team-high 72 yards, grabbed a 50-yarder (the Giants’ longest pass completion of the year) and nearly scored his first NFL touchdown (it was overturned and ruled short of the goal line on review, but Wayne Gallman scored shortly afterward).

"Austin did a great job stepping up and made a lot of plays for us," Jones said. "He’s someone who you can trust to be in the right spot, is consistent and brings it every day in practice. I certainly have a lot of trust in him."

Said Joe Judge: "This guy gets better every day and he’s been that way since Day One . . . Simply put, he’s a guy who has not wasted any opportunities. The ball comes his way, he’s productive with it. Today was a good day from him. We count on getting more days like that in the future."

What happened to Washington starting quarterback Kyle Allen?

He suffered a dislocated left ankle after being sacked by Jabrill Peppers late in the first quarter. Peppers was flagged for a leg whip of Allen on the play.

Was it dirty?

Despite the flag, Washington coach Ron Rivera said no. "It’s a guy trying to make a play," he said. "I’ve been in that situation. Peppers is a heck of a player. He plays 100 miles an hour."

It also appeared Peppers was blocked into Allen, which led to the awkward collision of legs. "Everything happened so fast," Peppers said. "I tried to just bull rush the running back, but he kind of got under me a little bit and I tried to like spin out of it. It was a weird kind of play."

Added Peppers: "We all have a pact in this league . . . You never want to see a guy go down like that. I prayed for him, I apologized to him. I definitely didn’t intend for that to happen."

Who took Allen’s place?

Alex Smith, who, ironically, saw his career nearly end with an ugly lower leg injury two years ago at FedEx Field.

"A ton of emotions going on for me right then," Smith said. "I knew Kyle was down and knew it was serious once he stayed down. You get ready to roll and all of a sudden you see them bringing out an air cast and the cart. I know that routine well. I’m trying to lock it in, but feeling for Kyle."

Smith threw his first TD pass since his own injury. Rivera said he will be the team’s starter moving forward.

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