1:00 PM Panthers at Giants
win over the Panthers 25-3
great to see the Giants win a game, and this one was really something right from
the start. The Panthers had the ball first, and after a few plays, faced a 4th-and-1
from their own 36-yard line. I thought the Giants had an early stop here, but
the Panthers went for it. It was quite surprising, because if the defense held,
the Giants would be in field goal range. After running back Chuba Hubbard got
the first down with a 2 yard run, the Panthers continued downfield until they
scored with a 45-yard field goal.
Daniel Jones started things off for the
Giants with a 14 yard run. Then he completed a pass to Darius Slayton for 15 yards,
but you knew the good times couldn't last, and after losing yardage on the next
few plays, they punted from midfield and the Giants defense was back on the field.
If Carolina didn't respect them on that first drive, they certainly did over the
course of the half. Carolina ended up with four 3-and-outs, a safety, and an interception.
Meanwhile, the Giants offense kept at it, until they took a 5-3 lead in the second
quarter with a Graham Gano 49 yard field goal.
That score held up, and near
the end of the third quarter the Giants added to it when they ran a trick play
with receiver Dante Pettis throwing the ball to Jones, who made an amazing one
handed catch to pull it in. Jones later hit Pettis with a 5 yard touchdown pass
to put the Giants up 12-3. After that the Giants scored two field goals and a
touchdown. Carolina couldn't get anything going, and down 18-3 with five minutes
left, they tried to convert on a 4th-and-16 from their 19 yard line.
that failed, Devontae Booker added to their misery on the very next play, with
a 19-yard touchdown run. It was great to see the Giants holding a commanding lead,
and 25-3 became the final score. Today the Giants put it all together on offense
and defense. Coming into this game with the way things had been going, I didn't
think I'd be able to say this now, but I can't wait to see the next Giants game."
Giants got off to a slow start today, but aside from giving up an opening drive
field goal, the defense really brought it from then on to the finish. On the Giants
second drive of the game, Daniel Jones looked to have thrown a touchdown pass
to tight end Kyle Rudolph, but he stepped out of bounds short of the end zone.
The Giants couldn't get the ball into the endzone on four tries from 2nd-and-Goal.
That did leave Carolina in pretty poor field position.
The Giants defense capitalized
on that when Leonard Williams put pressure on Sam Darnold, who drew a penalty
for intentional grounding, and that resulted in a safety which gave the Giants
their first points of the game. A field goal on the Giants next possession gave
them a 5-3 lead, and it stayed like that to the end of the half.
much of a lead considering Jones had completed 13 of his 17 passes, and led his
offense across midfield on all five possessions. Jones had also run the ball 3
times for 22 yards. Unfortunately Devontae Booker and Elijhaa Penny had a combined
9 carries for 13 yards. The running game wasn't there, the spotlight falling on
the Giants second drive, where Booker couldn't gain one yard for a touchdown on
two separate attempts.
The Giants did score next on their third drive in the
second half where Jones got to demonstrate that he could pass, run, and catch
when Dante Pettis threw him a pass. Pettis then caught one from Jones for a touchdown
to finish this drive. The Giants defense ended the third quarter with a 3-and-out
sack on Sam Darnold, and when the Giants added another field goal to give them
an 18-3 lead, head coach Matt Rhule made a switch from Darnold to P.J. Walker.
didn't work with Walker completing just 3 of his 14 passes. The Giants added another
touchdown and 25-3 was the final score, giving them their second win of the season.
Jones did all he could to win this game. He was sacked twice, but it could have
been more except for his ability to scramble when necessary, which helps the offensive
line. Blocking could be better for the ground game as well, as the running backs
totaled 75 yards on 23 carries, and that was thanks to one 19-yard touchdown run
near the end of the game.
The defense played their best of the year, bringing
pressure and sacking each of the Panthers quarterbacks 3 times, and came away
with one interception. Carolina running backs gained just 46 yards on 13 carries,
and only 3 first downs. In fact, they limited the Panthers to only 11 total first
downs in this game. They need to remember how to do that, because next up, the
Giants travel to Kansas City for a Monday night game with the Chiefs."
| First Quarter
- FIELD GOAL
Zane Gonzalez 45 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 46 yards, 6:23
Second Quarter |
GIANTS - SAFETY
Penalty on Sam Darnold Enforced in End Zone for a Safety
Drive info: 3 plays,
-2 yards, 0:43
- FIELD GOAL
Graham Gano 49 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 32 yards, 2:00
Third Quarter |
Dante Pettis 5 Yd pass from Daniel Jones (Graham Gano Kick)
Drive info: 11
plays, 75 yards, 6:33
| Fourth Quarter |
- FIELD GOAL
Graham Gano 53 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 19 yards, 2:10
- FIELD GOAL
Graham Gano 44 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 32 yards, 5:32
GIANTS - TOUCHDOWN
Devontae Booker 19 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick)
Drive info: 1 play, 19 yards,
have a takeaway in each of the first 7 games of the season for the first time
Azeez Ojulari leads
all NFL rookies with 5.5 sacks.
Jones leads the Giants with 229 rushing yards.
Jones completed 8 consecutive passes, his longest streak of the season.
Jones became the first Giants quarterback with a reception since Kerry Collins
in 2001.The last Giants
quarterback to catch a pass thrown by a teammate was Jeff Hostetler, by Phil Simms
in 1988. The 10-yard catch was fumbled, and recovered by Los Angeles.
Collins caught his own pass for a two-yard loss after it was deflected
by safety Eric Brown.
Nov 1 Giants at Chiefs
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