Washington’s replacement quarterback Taylor Heinicke starred. The former XFL player was still working on his math degree at university a few weeks ago. Now he replaced the veteran Alex Smith, who did not get fit in time, who had led the team to the playoffs with his fairytale comeback. And he mastered his task with flying colors.
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Taylor Heinicke with the game of his life
“He took the chance and did a great job for us,” said Washington coach Ron Rivera, praising his protégé: “We were really excited to give him his opportunity today.”
The game was lost at 23:31, but Heinicke brought 26 of 44 passes to the man and bridged 306 yards. He also managed a touchdown pass and one with a spectacular run in an interception.
The Washington defense was less solid than usual and just couldn’t get Tom Brady under control. So the inexperienced quarterback was the only way the capital city team could even think of winning.
Washington Football Team can thank Heinicke
Heinicke radiated an incredible calm and brought difficult passports to the man. In this way he made sure that the offensive game of the former Redskins became unpredictable and extremely dangerous.
“He made a lot of plays. He was very balanced,” even Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians praised him after the game. (NFL schedule)
Actually, the 27-year-old would have competed in the XFL this year. The XFL is a football league that takes place in the NFL offseason. She was bought by the company of WWE chief Vince McMahons. The 2020 season was canceled after five match days due to the corona pandemic.
Patrick Mahomes celebrates Heinicke
For Heinicke, this game was a hit in several ways. It drew a lot of attention from the NFL community. Not only star quarterback Patrick Mahomes praised his colleague after the game.
“Regardless of the result, what a great game from Heinicke,” wrote Mahomes on Twitter. Many other well-known NFL experts joined in the hymn of praise.
That could be the big chance for Taylor Heinicke to become an NFL star after all. However, he does not have a contract for the coming season. But no matter what awaits him in the future, this Saturday he probably delivered the game of his life.