After ending their three-game losing streak with a 31-19 victory over the Washington Commanders on Sunday, the New York Giants encountered an unexpected challenge that prevented them from cooling off properly. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, an equipment failure resulted in the water being shut off in both locker rooms at FedEx Field, leaving both teams without the necessary facilities for a post-game shower.
In their statement, the Giants explained that the main water heater providing hot water to the field-level locker rooms experienced an equipment malfunction, and the issue couldn't be resolved during the game without completely shutting off the water to the entire stadium. Consequently, the problem persisted until after the teams had left the field.
Despite the inconvenience, the Giants managed to secure the win by forcing six turnovers, including three interceptions by Washington's quarterback, Sam Howell. Linebacker Isaiah Simmons sealed the victory for New York with a pick-six in the final seconds of the game, effectively squashing Washington's comeback attempt. Although undrafted rookie quarterback Tommy DeVito faced significant pressure and was sacked nine times, he still threw three touchdowns, earning his inaugural NFL victory.
Following the game, ESPN's Jordan Raanan reported that the Giants weren't particularly thrilled about the lack of hot water. Nevertheless, DeVito appeared unfazed when addressing the issue with reporters, suggesting that the team took it in stride.
The equipment malfunction added insult to injury for the Commanders, who had entered the game as the favorites against the last-placed team in the NFC East. Their lackluster performance once again raised doubts about the future of head coach Ron Rivera with the team. Rivera acknowledged the disappointment of the loss, labeling it as a low point and emphasizing the importance of capitalizing on opportunities for victory.
Looking ahead, the Commanders (4-7) must avoid further setbacks in the playoff race when they face the Dallas Cowboys (7-3) on Thanksgiving Day. Meanwhile, the Giants (3-8) aim to secure back-to-back wins as they take on the struggling New England Patriots (2-8) on Sunday.
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