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Sept 15, 1:00 PM Bills at Giants
Game 2
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Giants lose to the Bills 28-14

"The Giants got off to a good start, but it ended fast. Wait, I said that exact same thing last week. For the second time in a row the Giants scored on their opening drive. Saquon Barkley started things off with a 6-yard run. Then with the Bills focused on Barkley, Eli Manning handed the ball to wide receiver Bennie Fowler who ran it for 20 yards. Barkley carried it the next three times, with the last being a 27-yard touchdown run. After the the game's fifth play and extra point, the Giants were up 7-0.
Buffalo took over, and the defense held them to just 3 yards, on a 3-and-out. They even sacked quarterback Josh Allen on his first pass attempt. The fans who came to the stadium were excited seeing the Giants in control, and were looking forward to enjoying the rest of the day. They should have left at that point, because it was all downhill after that. Just like last week when the Cowboys came back with three straight touchdowns before the half was over, the Bills did the exact same thing, and the Giants were trailing 21-7.
The Giants offense came alive again near the end of the third quarter, and they did manage a touchdown just as the fourth quarter was starting. Unfortunately, Buffalo came right back on their next drive with one of their own, and the Bills were up by two touchdowns again. Desperate for points with only five minutes left, the Giants went for it on a 4th-and-10 from their own 42 yard line, and that didn't work. The defense buckled down and held Buffalo to a 3-and-out.
Manning tried to get something going, and he completed a 33 yard pass to Evan Engram. A short pass to Barkley was incomplete, and Manning's next pass to Fowler was intercepted at the Buffalo 2 yard line. The Bills chewed up most of the remaining time, and the fans came nowhere close to enjoying this game, as the Giants lost the home opener for the third year in a row."

"Eli Manning has no receivers he can trust, and the defense is still finding itself. This week the Giants were without their best two wide receivers. Sterling Shepard was out with a concussion, and Golden Tate is still on NFL suspension. To make matters worse, they lost Cody Latimer in the second half when he sustained a concussion.
Manning's offensive line was up against the Bills strong defensive unit. He was sacked one time for a nine yard loss, but there was pressure and 4 passes were batted down, one which resulted in an interception. That happened after TJ Jones returned a punt 60 yards to the Bills 33-yard line. Manning then completed a 12 yard pass to Bennie Fowler, and his next pass to Fowler was tipped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted near the end of the half. That disastrous half also saw Aldrick Rosas miss on a 48-yard field goal after making 20 straight.
Early in the third quarter the defense sacked Josh Allen for the second time in the game and the ball came loose. It sure looked like the had a turnover when they recovered it, but the ref said the play was whistled dead before the fumble. It didn't look that way on the replay, but it wasn't reviewable. The defense continued to look good on the Bills next two drives. Then the Giants put together a nice 12 play drive that resulted in a touchdown on a 4 yard pass play to Jones.
The Giants were down by only seven points now, but the defense returned to their usual level of play, and the Bills moved downfield to the Giants 3-yard line and kicked a field goal. When Dexter Lawrence was hit with an unnecessary roughness call on the play, the Bills opted for a 1st-and-goal at the Giants 2 yard line and Frank Gore ran it in two plays later. The Giants found themselves down 14 points with about five minutes left in the game. On their turn, which included Saquon Barkley running 12 yards for a first down, all five of Manning's passes were incomplete, including a 4th and 10 from their own 42 yard line.
Surprisingly, the defense held the Bills to a three-and-out. When Manning took over, he connected with Evan Engram for a 33 yard completion, but when he tried with another deep pass, this time to Bennie Fowler, it was intercepted. That about did it, and the disappointed fans did not get to see a miracle comeback in this home opener. The Giants are now 0-2 and will be on the road next week in Tampa Bay."

First Quarter

Play: Saquon Barkley 27 Yd Run (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 5 plays, 75 yards, 2:24
Giants 7-0
Play: Josh Allen 6 Yd Run (Stephen Hauschka Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 75 yards, 5:46

Second Quarter

Play: Devin Singletary 14 Yd Run (Stephen Hauschka Kick)
Drive info: 11 plays, 70 yards, 4:15
Bills 14-7

Play: Isaiah McKenzie 14 Yd pass from Josh Allen (Stephen Hauschka Kick)
Drive info: 7 plays, 98 yards, 4:26
Bills 21-7

Third Quarter


Fourth Quarter

Play: TJ Jones 4 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 12 plays, 76 yards, 6:17
Bills 21-14

Play: Frank Gore 1 Yd Run (Stephen Hauschka Kick)
Drive info: 13 plays, 75 yards, 6:03
Bills 28-14


Giants recorded their first three sacks of the season.

Giants gave up a 98-yard touchdown drive, the longest by a Giants opponent since 2013.

Giants are 0-2 for the sixth time in seven seasons.

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