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Four takeaways from the Commanders’ 20-20 tie with the Giants

Commanders kicker Joey Slye (6) reacts after missing a 52-yard field goal during the fourth quarter of the the game against the New York Giants. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

The Washington Commanders tied the New York Giants, 20-20, to head into their bye week with a 7-5-1 record. Here are four takeaways from the game.

Taylor Heinicke comes through in the clutch: With Washington trailing 20-13 and less than four minutes remaining in regulation, Heinicke led an eight-play, 90-yard touchdown drive. The march wouldn’t have been possible without Heinicke’s heroics on fourth and four from the Washington 27-yard line. Facing pressure from both sides, he scrambled to his left before uncorking a throw across his body that Curtis Samuel caught for a 20-yard gain.

Three plays later, Heinicke connected with rookie wide receiver Jahan Dotson on a crossing route. Dotson shook off one tackle and spun away from another defender before racing into the end zone for a 28-yard touchdown. Heinicke finished 27 for 41 for 275 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. He deserves credit for not fumbling near his own goal line in overtime after a vicious hit by rookie outside linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux on the Giants’ fifth sack.

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