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Dec 12, 4:05 PM Giants at Chargers
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Giants lose to the Chargers 37-21

"Expectations were low for the Giants coming into this game, and sad to say, they lived up to that standard. The game started off with the Giants nicely moving the ball up the field from their 15-yard line to the 50, facing a 3rd-and-2. That's when they had Mike Glennon try a deep pass to Kenny Golladay which didn't work. Now they were stuck with a fourth down. It looked as though they were going to go for it, but instead punted. I figured the Chargers would start out with poor field position, but that wasn't the case, as the ball ended up in the endzone.
The defense got them off the field fast, but a penalty on the punt return backed the Giants up at their own 10-yard line. After gaining just four yards, the Giants were 3-and-out. This time the Chargers didn't hit one third down as they moved the ball 60 yards for a touchdown. Then Glennon showed the Giants might have something today when his second pass completion to tight end Kyle Rudolph went 60 yards. Two plays later, Glennon hit running back Elijhaa Penny with a touchdown pass. Before I could celebrate the Giants tying the score at 7-7, Graham Gano put the kickoff out of bounds.
This was the second time the Chargers started a drive from their own 40-yard line, and once again they scored a touchdown. They added a field goal and another touchdown before the half ended. Meanwhile, the Giants went 3-and-out on their next four possessions. Their worst one was when they started at the Chargers 41-yard line with 1:40 left on the clock, and lost 2 yards on the drive, without forcing the Chargers to even use a time out. A poor punt by Riley Dixon gave the Chargers the ball at their own 25-yard line with 40 seconds on the clock. Four plays later, quarterback Justin Herbert threw a 59-yard touchdown pass.
That score had the Giants trailing 24-7. It became 37-7 before the Chargers allowed the Giants to score a touchdown with four and a half minutes left in the game. The were playing soft at this point, and the Giants scored one more touchdown with just over a minute left to play. Surprisingly, Dixon's onside kick worked, and the Giants got to the Chargers 26-yard line before Glennon threw an interception. It wouldn't have mattered if it was a touchdown and successful two point conversion at this point, as the Giants would have had to repeat that once again just to tie. The final score had the Chargers winning 37-21, and there's really not much to look forward to over the next four games, as the Giants close out this season."

"The Giants needed to have the premium version of Saquon Barkley on the field, not the economy style that putters along, if they had any thoughts of winning this game. Barkley hit the road a bit better today, but a tuneup is still in order. The same could be said for Sterling Shepard, who returned after missing the last four games. This was the first time that Shepard and Kenny Golladay have played together since the Giants third game in September against Atlanta.
Golladay was Mike Glennon's biggest target, with 8 passes directed at him. Golladay caught only 2 for 15 yards. Shepard caught none in the first half, and finished with an overall 2 catches on 4 targets for 27 yards. His last catch was for 24 yards, when the Chargers were letting the Giants run the clock. Tight end Kyle Rudolph was the top receiver today thanks to his catch and run that went for 60 yards. Rudolph had one other for 6 yards, giving him 66 on the day, both coming on the Giants first quarter touchdown drive.
It was a bit surprising that Rudolph wasn't thrown to again. Evan Engram is the lead tight end, and he hasn't reached 65 receiving yards in any one game this season. Engram was targeted four times, and caught just one for 8 yards. Still, it's hard to fault anyone's performance trying to catch balls from a backup quarterback working behind a below average offensive line.
In the second half, the Chargers scored on their first three drives, while the Giants went nowhere. During that time they had Riley Dixon throw a pass on a fake punt from their own 38-yard line, way over over Keion Crossen's head. The Giants were lucky to hold the Chargers to a field goal after giving them that good field position.
On the Giants next drive Glennon was sacked two times, fumbling the ball over on the second one. That led to a Chargers touchdown. That had the Chargers up 37-7 with 9:28 left in the game, and no one was expecting to see a miracle comeback from the Giants at that point. They did go on to score two touchdowns before it was all over, but the outcome had been decided earlier in the fourth quarter. The Giants have to pick themselves up after this one-sided 37-21 loss, as they face the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium next week."

First Quarter

CHARGERS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Austin Ekeler 1 Yd Run (Dustin Hopkins Kick)
Drive info: 9 plays, 60 yards, 4:33
Chargers 7-0
GIANTS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Elijhaa Penny 3 Yd pass from Mike Glennon (Graham Gano Kick)
Drive info: 7 plays, 75 yards, 3:15
Tied 7-7

Second Quarter

CHARGERS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Joshua Palmer 12 Yd pass from Justin Herbert (Dustin Hopkins Kick)
Drive info: 9 plays, 60 yards, 4:22
Chargers 14-7
CHARGERS - FIELD GOAL
Play: Dustin Hopkins 27 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 69 yards, 6:25
Chargers 17-7
CHARGERS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Jalen Guyton 59 Yd pass from Justin Herbert (Dustin Hopkins Kick)
Drive info: 4 plays, 75 yards, 0:23
Chargers 24-7

Third Quarter

CHARGERS - FIELD GOAL
Play: Dustin Hopkins 28 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 67 yards, 5:24
Chargers 27-7

CHARGERS - FIELD GOAL
Play: Dustin Hopkins 39 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 17 yards, 2:56
Chargers 30-7

Fourth Quarter

CHARGERS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Jared Cook 1 Yd pass from Justin Herbert (Dustin Hopkins Kick)
Drive info: 11 plays, 41 yards, 5:55
Chargers 37-7
GIANTS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Saquon Barkley 18 Yd pass from Mike Glennon (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive info: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:55
Chargers 37-13
GIANTS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Mike Glennon 7 Yd Run (Elijhaa Penny Run for Two-Point Conversion)
Drive info: 7 plays, 63 yards, 2:11
Chargers 37-21


Notes:
Giants Mike Glennon scored his first career rushing touchdown.

Giants have been outscored 59-0 in the last two minutes of the first half this season.

Giants allowed an opponent to score a touchdown in the final two minutes of the first half for the seventh time.
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