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Dec 13, 1:00 PM Cardinals at Giants
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Giants lose to the Cardinals 26-7

"Coming off last week's upset over the Seahawks, this game was a major disappointment. The Giants got the ball first to start the game. Daniel Jones completed a pass to Darius Slayton for a first down, and after two Wayne Gallman runs, they were already at the 50-yard line. Things were looking good but on the next play, former Giant Markus Golden sacked Jones, picked up his fumble, and ran it down to the Giants 9-yard line.
Two plays later, the Cardinals had a 3rd-and-goal at the 1-yard line. The defense stopped Arizona's top running back Kenyan Drake for no gain, and when they went for it on fourth down, James Bradberry made sure Kyler Murray's pass was incomplete. I was thinking the Giants got past one bad mistake, but going three-and-out did not help. The punt went 54 yards, but it was returned 24 yards, and Arizona's second drive started on the Giants 38-yard line.
The Giants defense kept them out of the endzone and Arizona settled for a field goal. After a few possessions went back and fourth, they scored another field goal that put them up 6-0. That wasn't bad, but after the Giants fumbled their kickoff, Arizona didn't have far to go and they scored a touchdown
It looked like nothing was going right for the Giants today. Even at the end of the half with four seconds left, the Cardinals missed on a 55 yard field goal and drew a penalty, but they got an extra play! Why? Because you can't decline a false start penalty. A lot of the players were already headed to the locker room. The only good news was that the Cardinals had only one play, and were now backed away from any sensible field goal attempt. Kyler Murray ran for a bunch of yards and that was it.
The second half started out with the Cardinals scoring a touchdown. The Giants came right back scoring one of their own after Golden Tate had a nice 39 yard catch, and Dion Lewis ran it in one yard for the score. Unfortunately, that's all the Giants had in them. They went three-and-out on their next two drives, while the Cardinals added another field goal. That gave them a 23-7 lead. With eight minutes left, and Jones limping around after 4 sacks, there wasn't much hope.
On this next possession where Jones got off one pass to Sterling Shepard for 24 yards, he was sacked two more times and the nervous offense drew two false start penalties. The punt was returned 18 yards, and the Cardinals scored another field goal. Joe Judge had mercy on Jones and put Colt McCoy in for the next series. The Cardinals had no mercy and sacked him on the first play. Then after he completed a 14 yard pass to Evan Engram, they hit McCoy for a sack-fumble, recovered the ball and closed things out.
I was happy to see this game come to an end."

"Things were looking good for the Giants over the past few weeks, but the offense continues to lag behind. Daniel Jones was the starter today, but he played maybe worse than your typical backup quarterback. Although Jones appeared healthy, you could tell he didn't have his usual mobility, and that's what gives him his edge either staying in or out of the pocket. Once the Cardinals caught on to that, they had the game in hand.
Three of Arizona's drives in the first half had the Giants defense take to the field on their own 9-yard line, 38-yard line, and 21-yard line. They gave up one field goal and one touchdown during that stretch. Another drive where the Cardinals started at their 47-yard line, they were held to a field goal. For the second week in a row, the Giants failed to score in the first half, and they were lucky to be down 13-0.
The worn down defense gave up a second half opening drive touchdown, and perhaps inspired by the offense finally scoring one, held the Cardinals on their next drive. A quick three-and-out had them right back on the field, and Arizona added another field goal. They added one more before hitting Colt McCoy, now in for Jones, with a sack-fumble. They graciously took three knees to end this mess of a game for the Giants.
Overall in this 26-7 loss, the Giants turned the ball over 3 times. Jones fumbled twice, and one was recovered. Dion Lewis had a kickoff return fumble, and McCoy fumbled once. This helped the Cardinals control the time of possession, holding the ball for 37:59 to the Giants' 22:01. Even though Jones was noticeably limping in the second half, Joe Judge waited until the game couldn't be won before subbing him out for McCoy in what became the Giants last drive of the game. Joe Judge will have to spend more time considering if Jones should start next week against the Browns if he can't use all his abilities."

First Quarter

Play: Mike Nugent 34 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 22 yards, 2:33
Cardinals 3-0

Second Quarter

Play: Mike Nugent 37 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 34 yards, 5:35
Cardinals 6-0

Play: Dan Arnold 7 Yd pass from Kyler Murray (Mike Nugent Kick)
Drive info: 4 plays, 21 yards, 1:24
Cardinals 13-0

Third Quarter

Play: Dion Lewis 1 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick)
Drive info: 11 plays, 77 yards, 6:08
Cardinals 20-0

Play: Dion Lewis 1 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick)
Drive info: 7 plays, 75 yards, 3:14
Cardinals 20-7

Fourth Quarter

Play: Mike Nugent 34 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 34 yards, 3:01
Play: Mike Nugent 30 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 21 yards, 2:36
Cardinals 26-7


Giants scored their lowest amount of points than in any other game this season.

This was the first game in his career where Daniel Jones had no running yards.
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