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Joe Judge told Logan Ryan to go be with his family and forget about football this week if he wanted to. But the veteran safety stuck with the team and sealed their second win of the season on Sunday.
Ryan helped force two Washington fourth quarter turnovers at FedEx Field, including a game-ending interception of Alex Smith, to help the Giants snuff out a furious comeback and hold on barely, 23-20.
Giants trainer Justin Maher had likely saved the life of Ryan’s wife Ashley earlier this week by telling her to go to the emergency room when she complained of stomach pains. That advice led to successful emergency surgery last Tuesday.
Doctors found an ectopic pregnancy, which can lead to life-threatening internal bleeding. Judge had told Ryan he could fly to Florida to be with his wife because it’s more important than football. Ryan appreciated the gesture but stuck with the team.
The Giants (2-7) swept their season series over Washington thanks to five total takeaways by their defense and special teams units, and Daniel Jones played only his second turnover-free game of his career. Both have come against Washington.
The Giants scored only three second-half points, however, and nearly coughed up a 20-3 halftime lead. They were fortunate to win, thanks to late interceptions by Jabrill Peppers and Ryan on back-to-back Washington drives to close it out.
Peppers arguably shouldn’t have even been playing in the game. He leg-whipped Washington QB Kyle Allen out of the game in the first quarter. Allen reportedly has a dislocated left ankle and a small fracture in the ankle, as well.
The Giants bumped Washington to 2-6 and now will host the first-place Philadelphia Eagles (3-4-1) in a rematch before their Week 11 bye. Beating Philly and entering the bye with two straight wins and three total would give them reason to actually believe they had a chance down the stretch in the NFC East.
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