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Oct 27, 1:00 PM Giants at Detroit
Game 8
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Giants lose to the Lions 31-26

"It was another loss for the Giants today. The Giants got a first down on the opening drive of the game, but they couldn't get another and had to punt. The defense took the field, and Matthew Stafford soon had his team in Giants territory. His deep pass to the Giants 5-yard line was intercepted by Janoris Jenkins. The Giants took over, and Saquon Barkley ran the ball twice which resulted in a first down. Then Daniel Jones was blitzed, and he tried to get the ball to Barkley. It was actually a backward pass that fell to the ground, and our old friend Devon Kennard, now with the Lions, scooped it up and ran for a touchdown, giving his team an easy 7-0 lead.
The Giants went nowhere on the next drive, and soon the Lions scored another touchdown. Things looked good on their next drive. It was a long one that started at the 12-yard line, and continued into the second quarter. That's when Golden Tate caught his first pass of the game. I was hoping to see Tate have a good outing today. He played before the Detroit fans for four and a half years, before being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles last season.
The drive ended with
a touchdown pass from Jones to Darius Slayton. The Lions missed on a field goal after that, and the Giants scored another touchdown. If the Giants hadn't missed on the extra point, it would have been a 14-14 tie. Instead they were down by one point. The defense forced Detroit to punt from midfield, but the Giants drew a penalty for running into the kicker.
It sure didn't look that way on the replay, but it was right after the two minute warning, and couldn't be challenged. Detroit went on to kick a field goal, so that bad call cost the Giants a possession, and allowed the Lions to up their lead to 17-13 as we went into halftime.
The Lions added another touchdown to start off the third quarter, and then the Giants took the field. Now,
I always like to see Barkley have the ball in his hands, but after he ran the ball for 2 yards, caught and ran with it for 38 yards, they handed it right off to him again, and he had no gain. What were they expecting? Barkley does need a chance to breathe.
Jones completed a pass to Tate for 13 yards right after that. Two Detroit penalties helped the Giants along, and they finished this drive with Evan Engram catching a touchdown pass. A two-point conversion failed, so the the Giants were trailing 24-19. They only got to midfield on their next drive, and Detroit added another touchdown. There were some nice long plays on the Giants next possession, but they came up short on a fourth down attempt. The Giants defense then recovered a Detroit fumble, but the offense was stopped on another forth down attempt. They got the ball back and without much time left, scored when Jones hit Barkley with a touchdown pass. They tried an onside kick which did not work, and once again, the Giants took a loss with a close score, 31-26."

"So far we continue to see some good, some bad, as the Giants continue to struggle along. The 'good' came on the Lions first drive when Janoris Jenkins intercepted a Matthew Stafford pass. It was almost immediately followed by 'bad', when Daniel Jones tried to avoid a sack, and threw a short pass to Saquon Barkley, which fell to the ground. It looked to be an incomplete pass when former Giants linebacker Devon Kennard picked up the loose ball, which was ruled a lateral, and he returned it for a 13-yard touchdown.
Jones was off to a rocky start and was almost intercepted on his next drive which went three-and-out.
Stafford took over and soon threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Hall, who was left wide open. Detroit now had a 14-0 lead. The Giants came back with an impressive drive that ended with a touchdown pass to Darius Slayton. After Lions kicker Matt Prater missed on a 53 yard field goal, the Giants had good field position, and Jones finished up this drive with another touchdown pass to Slayton, this time for 28 yards.
Of course the 'bad' sprinkled in, and Aldrick Rosas' extra point kick was wide right. A questionable running into the kicker call extended the Lions next drive and even though Prater missed on an earlier long field goal, they had him try a 52 yarder, knowing the Giants would have little time left, and he was successful. When Slayton took the kickoff out to the Giants 34 yard line, Jones took a shot at hitting him with a deep ball, but more 'bad', he dropped it, and that basically ended the half with the score 17-13 in favor of the Lions.
The Lions started off the second half with a touchdown drive, and the Giants responded with one of their own when Evan Engram caught a 2 yard pass from Jones. For some reason at this point in the game, Pat Shurmur made the decision to go for a two point conversion, and it failed, so good for the touchdown, and 'bad' for that. The Giants now trailed by 5 points, 24-19.
It was a 'good' sign when on Detroitís second drive of the half, the Giants for the first time in the game, held them to a three-and-out. The Giants offense stalled at midfield, and they punted. The Giants then allowed Stafford to complete an 18 yard pass, and then he fooled them with a flea flicker play that resulted in a 41-yard touchdown.
The Lions led 31-19, and there was some bad again when Cody Latimer returned the kickoff, and the Giants were hit with a holding penalty. That had them starting at their own 9 yard line. After being sacked twice, and recovering his own fumble, Jones was at the Detroit 39 yard line facing a 4th-and-6, and his fourth down pass to Tate was incomplete.
There were still five minutes left when three plays later, Antoine Bethea recovered a fumble to give the Giants a shot at the Detroit 38 yard line. Then, facing a 4th-and-11 at the Lions 14 yard line, Jones pass to Slayton was incomplete. The defense held the Lions to a three-and-out, and after the punt, the Giants, with no timeouts, had the ball at midfield. Barkley caught a 4 yard pass for a touchdown to make the score 31-26, and that's where the score ended up after the Giants onside kick failed. The Giants will need to put up more good than bad next week, if they expect to win in their Monday night game with the Cowboys."

First Quarter

LIONS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Devon Kennard 13 Yd Fumble Return (Matt Prater Kick)
Drive info: 3 plays, -2 yards, 1:19
Lions 7-0

LIONS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Marvin Hall 49 Yd pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Prater Kick)
Drive info: 6 plays, 71 yards, 3:01
Lions 14-0

Second Quarter

GIANTS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Darius Slayton 22 Yd pass from Daniel Jones (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 88 yards, 5:04
Lions 14-
7
GIANTS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Darius Slayton 28 Yd pass from Daniel Jones
Drive info: 8 plays, 57 yards, 3:30
Lions 14-
13
LIONS - FIELD GOAL
Play: Matt Prater 52 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 14 plays, 41 yards, 4:19
Lions 17-
13

Third Quarter

LIONS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Kenny Golladay 9 Yd pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Prater Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 75 yards, 5:09
Lions 24-13

GIANTS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Evan Engram 2 Yd pass from Daniel Jones (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive info: 10 plays, 78 yards, 4:57
Lions 24-19

Fourth Quarter

LIONS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Kenny Golladay 41 Yd pass from Matthew Stafford (Matt Prater Kick)
Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yards, 2:34
Lions 31-19

GIANTS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Saquon Barkley 4 Yd pass from Daniel Jones (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 4 plays, 50 yards, 1:02
Lions 31-26


Notes:

Daniel Jones has thrown at least one touchdown pass in each of his six starts.

Over the last four games, the Giants have failed to score in the first quarter.

Giants did not hold a lead in any of the four games, all losses.

Aldrick Rosas extra point miss ended his steak of 23 consecutive kicks.
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