1:00 PM Giants at Bears
lose to Chicago 17-13
I was glad when I heard that Golden Tate was available for this game. That meant
that Daniel Jones would have all his key options, running back Saquon Barkley,
wide receivers Tate, Sterling Shepard, and Darius Slayton, and tight end Evan
Engram all available to get this offense going. It didn't last for very long.
By the end of the half, Barkley and Shepard were gone, and the Giants had put
zero points up on the board even with their efforts.
Meanwhile, the Bears got
off to a great start scoring a touchdown on their opening possession. Jones was
sacked on the Giants third play of his first drive, and he fumbled the ball over
to the Bears on the Giants 20-yard line. Four plays later, a field goal had the
Bears up 10-0. The Giants went 3-and-out on their next series, and it was the
one after that when Barkley was hurt on a six yard run, grabbing his knee after
he went down.
To make matters worse, a few plays later, Jones was intercepted.
The defense held, but on the Bears next possession, they scored another touchdown.
Shepard was hurt on the Giants next drive which ended at the half, with them missing
on a long 57 yard field goal that left
the Bears up 17-0.
The way things were going, and with Barkley and Shepard
out, I wasn't expecting much from the Giants after that, but the defense intercepted
Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky, which led to a Giants field goal. Then the Giants
scored a touchdown with running back Dion Lewis carrying the ball into the endzone
on a fourth down play.
The Giants were working on a comeback, and to add to
my excitement, they intercepted Trubisky for a second time. The Giants scored
a field goal after that, and now the Bears still had the lead, but it was cut
to 17-13. There was half the fourth quarter left to play, but the Bears chewed
up over five minutes before missing on a 50 yard field goal on their next drive.
Now the Giants had 2:02 on the clock and no timeouts to go 60 yards to win
this game. They kept my heart pounding after making two fourth down plays, and
got down to the Bears 10-yard line with 4 seconds left. A pass to Golden Tate
was incomplete and suddenly that was it. The Giants came real close, but just
couldn't pull it off. Maybe if Barkley and Shepard were still in the game, the
outcome would have been different. I can't help wondering how things will turn
out for both players, and how the Giants will adjust if things are as bad as they
Chicago Bears didn't deserve to win in their first game, and they deserved to
lose this one with the Giants. Considering that Saquon Barkley was out early,
and soon after, Sterling Shepard, when they held a 17-0 lead, all the Bears did
was let the Giants score points from then on. Unfortunately, the Giants didn't
score the winning touchdown with 4 seconds left from the Chicago 6-yard line.
quarterback Mitchell Trubisky looked good when he engineered a 2 touchdown comeback
win in his game last week in Detroit, and he continued playing with a hot hand
in the first two quarters of this game. By the end of the half, Trubisky had completed
13 of 18 for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns, despite taking 3 sacks from the Giants
In the second half, the Giants sacked Trubisky only one more time,
but effectively limited him to 5 completions on 10 passes for 31 yards, and intercepted
him twice. The Giants defense stepped up and gave their offensive unit all they
could to help turn things around. They almost completed that task even working
short handed without Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard.
You could say this
game was a good test of Joe Judge's coaching ability and to see what he's able
to get from his players. There were some bright spots last week on Monday night
against the Steelers and more here today. The Giants hung in with two teams that
had clear advantages over them. We'll have to see how the injuries work out, but
it never looks good to see your starting running back riding a cart back to the
locker room. Next Sunday the Giants face off with San Francisco at MetLife Stadium.
That will be another tough test for them."
| First Quarter
David Montgomery 28 Yd pass from Mitchell Trubisky (Cairo Santos Kick)
info: 12 plays, 82 yards, 7:35
- FIELD GOAL
Cairo Santos 34 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 4 yards, 1:36
| Second Quarter
Darnell Mooney 15 Yd pass from Mitchell Trubisky (Cairo Santos Kick)
info: 11 plays, 80 yards, 5:15
| Third Quarter
- FIELD GOAL
Graham Gano 39 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 4 yards, 1:31
| Fourth Quarter
Dion Lewis 1 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick)
Drive info: 11 plays, 95 yards, 4:39
- FIELD GOAL
Graham Gano 37 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 47 yards, 4:31
Daniel Jones failed to throw a touchdown
pass for the first time in his 14 career starts.
did not catch a pass, ending at 30 his Giants-record streak for the most consecutive
games with a reception by a running back to start a career in a Giants uniform.The
Giants were scoreless at halftime, down 17-0. It was the first time they did not
score a first-half point since Dec. 16, 2018, trailing Tennessee, 7-0.
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