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Four takeaways from Washington’s 23-20 loss to the Giants

Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith is sacked by New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams during Sunday's game at FedEx Field. (Jonathan Newton /The Washington Post)

The Washington Football Team lost to the New York Giants on Sunday, 23-20, after an Alex Smith-led comeback in the second half came up short.

Smith entered the game after Kyle Allen was carted off the field in the first half with what appeared to be a severe ankle injury. Washington drops to 2-6 with the loss, while New York improves to 2-7. Here are four takeaways from the game:

Allen injury provided an all-too-familiar scene: A Washington quarterback again was carted into the tunnel after suffering a severe lower leg injury at FedEx Field. With Washington trailing ­10-0, Allen dropped back to pass on first down from the New York 31-yard line. Giants safety Jabrill Peppers came on a blitz. After being knocked to the ground by Washington running back Antonio Gibson, Peppers whipped around his right leg and made contact with Allen’s left leg, which twisted awkwardly as he fell to the turf. Washington Coach Ron Rivera said after the game that he didn’t think it was a dirty play by Peppers, though the safety was flagged for unnecessary roughness.