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Nov 2, 8:15 PM Tampa Bay at Giants
Game 8
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Giants lose to Tampa Bay 25-23

"Another letdown by the Giants. The Giants were playing well and leading at halftime, but the way this season has been going, I knew it couldn't last. I liked that the Giants were wearing their throwback all-white uniforms. It was a reminder of better days. They played well at the start, leading 7-3 after the first quarter, and then 14-6 at the half.
No one was expecting to see the Giants get anywhere against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers led by Tom Brady. They were coming off their two biggest wins of the season against some tough competition where they beat the Packers 38-10, and the Raiders 45-20. Somehow the Giants had held them to just two field goals at the half.
The second half started off with a great kickoff return by Dion Lewis that gave Daniel Jones the ball at the Giants 44-yard line.
Wayne Gallman ran for 2 yards, and then Jones threw a pass to Sterling Shepard that was intercepted. I thought for sure that Brady would make the Giants pay for that mistake by driving his team to a touchdown, but I was wrong. The Giants defense held Tampa Bay to a field goal.
Then I was wondering if someone had drugged Jones during the halftime break. He went 3-and-out on the next drive, missing Sterling Shepard down the field. This time Brady finished his next drive off with a touchdown pass to Ron Gronkowski. Tampa Bay was leading for the first time in the game, 15-14 after their two point conversion failed.
The Giants took the lead back with a field goal, and the defense held Tampa Bay to a 3-and-out after Carter Coughlin sacked Brady. Things were looking good again, and Jones was down at the Tampa Bay 34-yard line when under pressure, he threw another interception.
Tampa Bay scored a touchdown, and after the Giants went 3-and-out, added another field goal. Jones, to his credit, overcame a 4th-and-5 and a 4th-and-16 on the next drive, and finished it off with a 19 yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate. The Giants needed a two point conversion to tie for overtime, and Jones threw a pass to Lewis that was a bit late, and could have been spotted better.
It was knocked away, but there was hope when the refs threw a flag for pass interference.
After they talked it over they picked up the flag. A number of calls against the Giants were questionable in this game. The Giants had one last slim chance with the onside kick, but that didn't work. The Giants lost another close game they could have won, and Tampa Bay was a bit lucky tonight to get away with a 25-23 win."

"The Giants were gifted a few weeks ago when head coach Ron Rivera decided to go for a two point conversion to get a win for his Washington team, and avoid an overtime outcome. His team failed, and the Giants got the one point win. Today, Bruce Arians decided early on to go for two, so he would have a 17-14 lead in the third quarter. It didn't work and the score was 15-14.
It turned out to be another gift from an opposing head coach. If he had taken the extra point kick, the Giants would not have had the opportunity at the end of the game to tie the score to go into overtime. Unfortunately, the Giants were not able to convert on this gift with their own two point try, and they lost this game.
They might have lost to Tampa Bay anyway in overtime, but they didn't get a chance to see. If Daniel Jones had made a better throw on that play, and on some others the Giants could have come up with their second win of the season. Jones threw two touchdowns in this game and had two interceptions. Tampa Bay capitalized on both turnovers, and scored first with a field goal and then with a touchdown, accounting for 10 of their total 25 points.
Moving on, the offensive line played well and they were innovative, including one 3rd-and-11 play where Golden Tate threw a pass to Wayne Gallman that went for 18 yards. The running game was consistent. Gallman had 12 carries for 44 yards and 1 touchdown. Alfred Morris, in his first game with the Giants, had 8 carries for 28 yards, and tight end Evan Engram ran once for a 9 yard gain.
The defense looked good. They kept Tampa Bay out of the end zone in the first half, forcing them to settle for two field goals. No other team has kept Tampa Bay touchdowns off the score board in the first half this season. On the two drives in the second half where Tom Brady did score touchdowns, he started off on the 33 and 34 yard lines thanks to a good punt return, and an interception. The drives also included penalties on the plays right before each of Tom Brady's touchdowns, giving him first downs, one from the Giants 3-yard line, and then the 8-yard line.
Daniel Jones did a lot in winning his first career game ever against Tampa Bay, and tonight he did a lot in losing this one for the Giants. He doesn't seem to be learning from his mistakes as you would expect him to do in his second year. Next up will be the Washington Football Team. The Giants will try to beat them for a second time."

First Quarter

Play: Ryan Succop 37 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 57 yards, 5:19
Tampa Bay -3-0

Play: Dion Lewis 7 Yd pass from Daniel Jones (Graham Gano Kick)
Drive info: 3 plays, 12 yards, 0:44
Giants 7-3

Second Quarter

Play: Wayne Gallman 2 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 77 yards, 3:13
Giants 14-3
Play: Ryan Succop 40 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 53 yards, 1:39
Giants 14-6

Third Quarter

Play: Ryan Succop 43 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 34 yards, 4:03
Giants 14-9

Play: Rob Gronkowski 3 Yd pass from Tom Brady (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive info: 5 plays, 67 yards, 2:36
Tampa Bay -15-14
Play: Graham Gano 33 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 56 yards, 5:45
Giants 17-15

Fourth Quarter

Play: Sterling Mike Evans 8 Yd pass from Tom Brady (Ryan Succop Kick)
Drive info: 6 plays, 66 yards, 3:04
Tampa Bay - 22-15

Play: Ryan Succop 38 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 47 yards, 3:16
Tampa Bay -25-17

Play: Golden Tate 19 Yd pass from Daniel Jones (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive info: 13 plays, 70 yards, 3:13
Tampa Bay - 25-23


Giants last four games have been decided by three points or less.

Daniel Jones has thrown an interception in every game he has started for the Giants.

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