Giants vs. Commanders live score, updates, highlights from NFL ‘Sunday Night Football’ game

The winner of Sunday night’s matchup between the Giants and Commanders won’t clinch a playoff berth, but the path to the playoffs will become considerably simpler for the team that comes out on top.

That’s assuming there is a winner, of course. When these two met in Week 13, they finished in a 20-20 tie. With the Lions quickly approaching the playoff picture, the urgency will be higher this time around.

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Both offenses will be trying to break through after coming up short in overtime two weeks ago. For the Giants, the goal will be to get Saquon Barkley back to early-season form, while the Commanders will look to get more consistency out of their hit-or-miss passing game.

Though both teams would be hurt by a loss, the Giants badly need a statement win to regain their confidence down the stretch. New York hasn’t won in more than a month and hasn’t beaten a team other than the Texans since Week 7.

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Both teams will remain in a playoff spot regardless of the result Sunday night, but the loser will lead the Lions and Seahawks by just a half-game with three weeks remaining.

The Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights as the Commanders host the Giants on “Sunday Night Football.” Follow along for all of the key moments from the Week 15 matchup. 

MORE: Watch Giants vs. Commanders live with fuboTV (free trial)

Giants vs. Commanders score

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Giants 0 14 3 3
Commanders 3 0 6 3

Giants vs. Commanders live updates, highlights from ‘Sunday Night Football’

(All times Eastern)

11:27 p.m. — Heinicke’s fourth down pass is broken up in the end zone. The Commanders fought to the end, but the Giants are going to win this one and take one giant step toward the playoffs.

11:25 p.m. — Oh man. A Robinson touchdown is erased by an illegal formation penalty. Washington now has 3rd & Goal from the six.

11:22 p.m. — Now Heinicke wisely takes off and runs all the way down to the 1-yard line. It’s 3rd & goal for the Commanders.

11:20 p.m. — Exhale, Commanders fans. Heinicke panics after a botched snap and throws what should’ve been an interception, but Nick McCloud drops it in the end zone. 

11:19 p.m. — How about these Commanders receivers? Dotson makes a great grab at the 10-yard line and goes out of bounds.

11:15 p.m. — Wow, a great throw to Curtis Samuel along the sideline. The Commanders are at the Giants’ 30-yard line.

11:15 p.m. — A great return by Antonio Gibson gives the Commanders nice field position. Taylor Heinicke will have 1:47 to work with.

Giants 20, Commanders 12

11:13 p.m. FIELD GOAL — It wasn’t the absolute smoothest kick, but Gano got the job done. The lead is back to eight, so the Commanders will need a two-point conversion with any touchdown they get.

11:11 p.m. — The Commanders are finally able to get a stop, but Graham Gano will have a chance to extend the lead with a 50-yard field goal try.

11:08 p.m. — Jones takes off and picks up another huge first down for the Giants. They’re approaching field goal range, and more importantly approaching the two-minute warning.

11:07 p.m. — Now Barkley is hitting his stride. He runs for 12, 15, and 14 yards on consecutive plays to get the Giants moving and keep the clock running.

11:05 p.m. FUMBLE — Replay finds that Heinicke did lose control of the ball before he was down. A crushing end to a Commanders drive that started with so much fanfare. Can the Giants capitalize on this? There’s at least plenty of clock to run.

11:01 p.m. — Great response by the Giants’ defense, which rises up to force a field goal attempt. New York is going to challenge Dexter Lawrence’s sack of Heinicke first, believing he fumbled. Interesting…

10:59 p.m. — Brian Robinson Jr. with a great run to take Washington into the red zone. He’s having a very efficient night on the ground, even if his usage has been hit-or-miss.

10:58 p.m. — Have a night, Jahan Dotson! Heinicke throws deep, and Dotson goes up and gets it to bring the Commanders well into Giants territory. Say what you will about Heinicke, he’s about as entertaining as any quarterback in this league.

10:54 p.m. — Darrick Forrest nearly intercepts Jones on third down, and his pass breakup will keep the Giants out of field goal range. Here comes a punt and a huge opportunity for the Commanders.

10:52 p.m. — A nice third down conversion for the Giants, this one from Jones to Barkley. 

10:51 p.m. — Richie James with a nice 15-yard gain to jumpstart the Giants’ drive. Any points here for New York would be huge.

Giants 17, Commanders 12

10:46 p.m. FIELD GOAL — The Commanders are forced to attempt a long field goal, but Slye drills it. The Giants’ lead is back to five.

10:45 p.m. — Antonio Gibson, who’s had his share of fumbling issues, looses the football but is able to quickly recover.

10:43 p.m. — Heinicke makes something happen with his legs, rumbling his way to the Giants’ 34-yard line. The Commanders are in business.

End of third quarter: Giants 17, Commanders 9

10:38 p.m. — The ball pops out on the Commanders’ punt return, but Dax Milne is ruled down before it came loose. Washington will start from its own 42-yard line.

10:37 p.m. — Jones with a nice throw to Daniel Bellinger up the middle on third down, but the rookie can’t hold onto the ball. The Giants quickly force a punt and will have strong field position.

10:32 p.m. — The Giants narrowly get a stop on third down and force a punt. New York has an opportunity to take full control of this game, but the punt pins the offense deep.

10:31 p.m. — Heinicke throws deep downfield for Dyami Brown for the second time tonight, but he overshoots his receiver.

Commanders 17, Giants 9

10:27 p.m. FIELD GOAL — Gano connects from 50 yards out and pushes the Giants’ lead back to eight. 

10:26 p.m. — Jones rips off a nice run, but it’s not enough to get the first down. It is, however, enough to give Graham Gano a 50-yard field goal attempt.

10:25 p.m. — The Giants are into Commanders territory, but they’re staring down 3rd & long.

10:21 p.m. — Giants fans can exhale. Jones was ruled to be down.

10:18 p.m. — Oh no, Daniel Jones loses the ball at the end of a run. The Commanders believe they have it, but replay appears to show Jones down before the ball comes out. This should be Giants ball.

10:16 p.m. — Terry McLaurin also secured his third consecutive 1,000-yard season on that drive. 

Giants 14, Commanders 9

10:12 p.m. TOUCHDOWN — Heinicke finds Jahan Dotson in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown! That was an excellent response by the Commanders. Joey Slye misses the extra-point after an offensive pass interference call derails the two-point try, so it’s a five-point game.

10:09 p.m. — Terry McLaurin is a monster. He picks up another 20 yards to help the Commanders make up ground after an illegal motion penalty set them back.

10:06 p.m. — Dyami Brown takes an end-around into Giants territory. Really well designed by Washington.

10:05 p.m. — Heinicke passes to McLaurin for a first down and more. That gives the Commanders some breathing room on this drive.

10:01 p.m. — The Commanders let up a first down but get the stop they needed. New York is punting, and Washington will have a chance to make this a one-score game.

End of first half: Giants 14, Commanders 3

9:43 p.m. — The Giants won’t take any risks before halftime. Let’s see if Washington can get a much-needed stop to open the second half.

9:41 p.m. — The Commanders tried to make something happen before the end of the half but couldn’t get across midfield. Here comes a punt with 25 seconds left. The Giants will open the second half with the ball, so the sense of urgency for Washington is understandable.

Giants 14, Commanders 3

9:35 p.m. TOUCHDOWN — After a pair of Washington timeouts to stop the clock, Barkley runs it in for the touchdown. Terrific drive by the Giants’ offense. New York leads by 11.

9:30 p.m. — Jones is making things happen with this overlooked group of receivers. He has the Giants at the 5-yard line after a 19-yard dart to Isaiah Hodgins.

9:27 p.m. TWO-MINUTE WARNING — Wow, Jones finds Richie James for the first down on 4th & 9. This has been a statement drive for Jones, who hasn’t tried to do more than what’s asked of him. The Giants are nearing the red zone.

9:25 p.m. — A false start backs up the Giants, and they only get six yards back. 4th & 9 coming…would be a 53-yard field goal.

9:23 p.m. — Now the Giants are seriously threatening for points after Barkley picks up another first down. A field goal here would be from 54 yards out, but New York is obviously looking to keep going.

9:20 p.m. — Isaiah Hodgins makes a first down catch and tries to take off for more, but he’s ruled down by contact. That’s still enough to take New York into Commanders territory.

9:19 p.m. — The Giants have picked up 39 yards on this drive, which is a great step for their offense. Jones completes on 3rd & 9 to Richie James to move the chains.

9:17 p.m. — Saquon Barkley makes Jon Bostic fall to the ground with some great footwork. The Giants need to see more of that from the heart of their offense.

9:15 p.m. — A 15-yard pass from Jones to Nick Vannett gives the Giants some breathing room to open their drive.

9:10 p.m. — Heinicke is making some solid throws, but the Giants are covering Washington receivers well. Another pass breakup forces a Commanders punt.

9:09 p.m. — Heinicke airs it out toward the end zone but can’t connect with Dyami Brown, who wanted a pass interference call. Brown got tripped up, but it didn’t look like Giants defenders were a major reason why.

Giants 7, Commanders 3

9:02 p.m. TOUCHDOWN — Woah! Kayvon Thibodeaux, already having a dominant night, comes in for the strip-sack of Heinicke and picks it up for the touchdown. What a night for the rookie.

9:00 p.m. — The Giants managed a first down, but that’ll be all. Here comes a punt. 

End of first quarter: Commanders 3, Giants 0

8:55 p.m. — The Giants aren’t passing the ball much, either. Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley are the only two pieces involved so far.

Commanders 3, Giants 0

8:48 p.m. FIELD GOAL — Ron Rivera lets Joey Slye try a field goal from 41 yards out, and Slye connects. The Commanders are on the board first.

8:45 p.m. — Antonio Gibson pushes the Commanders to about the Giants’ 25-yard line, but Kayvon Thibodeaux comes in and tackles Robinson for a loss on the next play. Washington is committed to the run right now.

8:42 p.m. — Brian Robinson Jr. is a man on a mission right now. He carries half the players on the field for a 15-yard gain.

8:37 p.m. — The Commanders force a punt themselves after a pair of incompletions by Jones. Still scoreless in Landover.

8:35 p.m. — The decision to punt was interesting. It would’ve been a 52-yard field goal attempt for Joey Slye, and the Giants’ return allowed New York to start just four yards from where the field goal try would’ve been.

8:32 p.m. — The Commanders go nowhere and don’t get into field goal range, so they’re punting it away. An underwhelming end to a promising drive. Here comes Daniel Jones…

8:29 p.m. — Powerful run by Robinson to get the first down and keep the Commanders’ drive alive.

8:28 p.m. — Terry McLaurin gets stopped short of a first down, but the Commanders are going for it on 4th & 1…

8:26 p.m. — A holding call turns what would’ve been a third down into a first down for the Commanders. Washington is in Giants territory just across midfield.

8:24 p.m. — Brian Robinson Jr. runs for a nice gain after a short pass from Heinicke. Robinson has played very well of late as he gets more comfortable in his rookie season.

8:23 p.m. — The Commanders receive the opening kickoff, and we are underway. Heinicke is ready to go.

8:17 p.m. — Chase Young was activated off IR, but he’s still not ready to make his season debut. Montez Sweat and Jonathan Allen will continue to anchor the Commanders’ defensive line.

7:52 p.m. — Daniel Jones’ prime-time struggles have been well documented. Taylor Heinicke, on the other hand, has won some big games under the lights. The pressure is on Jones to flip the narrative.

7:49 p.m. — The Giants and Commanders aren’t playing a win-or-go-home game tonight, but the stakes are high. The Lions’ win today means the loser of this game will have two teams just a half-game behind them in the NFC wild card race.

Giants vs. Commanders start time

  • Date: Sunday, Dec. 18
  • Time: 8:20 p.m. ET 

Giants vs. Commanders will kick off at 8:20 p.m. ET. The game will be played at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. 

What channel is Giants vs. Commanders on today?

  • TV channel (national): NBC (U.S.) | TSN, CTV2 (Canada)
  • Live stream:, NBC Sports App, Peacock | fuboTV (U.S.) | DAZN (Canada)

The game will be broadcast nationally on NBC. Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color commentary) and Melissa Stark (sideline reporter) will be on the call from Inglewood.

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A live stream of the game will be available on NBCSports.con, the NBC Sports App, Peacock, and fuboTV, which offers a free trial.

Viewers in Canada can watch the game on TSN or CTV2. They can also stream it with DAZN, which carries every NFL game.

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