1:00 PM Panthers at Giants
win over the Panthers 19-16
Giants got off to a great start last week, winning over the Tennessee Titans,
and the fans at the Meadowlands were eager to see them deliver another win today
firsthand. Things started off with a thrill. On the opening play of the game,
special teams forced the Carolina kickoff returner to fumble, and the Giants recovered
the ball. The Giants offense was suddenly on the field at the Carolina 22-yard
line. I was hoping to see more from them, but after a field goal, the Giants had
an early 3-0 lead.
After the kickoff, the Panthers ran a few plays before
the Giants forced another fumble, this time at the Carolina 40-yard line. The
Giants got down to the 2-yard line, but after a lost yardage play, followed by
a sack on Jones, Graham Gano came in and kicked another short field goal. It sure
would have been nice to see 14 points on the board after those two Carolina turnovers.
The Giants offense had been given great field position to work with both times.
that kind of assistance, the Giants weren't able to move the ball past their own
34-yard line before the half ended. The fans weren't happy and they booed as the
Giants headed to the locker room with timeouts in their pocket, letting the clock
run out at the end of the half. Meanwhile, the Giants defense was bringing it,
holding the Panthers to just six points on two field goals, and the game was tied
The Giants third quarter start didn't inspire confidence, as they went
three-and-out, and the Panthers followed that up with three big plays by Baker
Mayfield. Mayfield threw a deep pass for 29 yards, scrambled for 17 yards, and
finished up by throwing a 16 yard touchdown pass to give his team a 13-6 lead.
Things weren't looking good, but on the Giants next drive, Jones woke up. He connected
with two first down passes to Richie James, one to Tanner Hudson, and finished
with a touchdown pass to Daniel Bellinger. Barkley also got the fans going when
he had a 16 yard run on one of their eight plays.
The score was tied and the
Panthers punted on the next possession, but during it, Leonard Williams went down.
The trainers came in to help him get up and walk off the field. After both teams
punted a few times, the Giants got their act together again. From the 9-yard line,
Barkley got things off with a 15 yard run, and Jones big play was a 24 yard pass
to David Sills. This time Gano was put to the test with a long 51-yard field goal
attempt which he made, to give the Giants a 16-13 lead.
Of course the Panthers
came right back with a big 49-yard run by running back Christian McCaffrey. That
got his team down to the Giants 26-yard line, but the Giants defense got over
that misque, and they held the Panthers to a field goal. Once again we had a tie
score. We were in the fourth quarter when the Giants put together a drive that
lasted over 7 minutes, and ended with Gano kicking a 56-yard field goal.
Giants had a slim three point lead with three and a half minutes left in the game.
The Panthers got close to midfield, and on a 3rd-and-6, Mayfield was sacked for
a 9 yard loss by safety Julian Love. The Giants next had the ball back with just
over two minutes to play, and this is where they would usually go three-and-out,
and give the opposing team another shot.
After a few plays, the two minute
warning had stopped the clock, and the Panthers had used their first timeout.
Then it was exciting to see Jones, on a third-and-6, scramble for 11 yards and
a first down. The Panthers immediately called a timeout, but that Giants first
down had put the game out of reach. It's rare to see the Giants take kneel downs
to end a game, and the fans loved it. The Giants are 2-0 for the first time in
a long while, and look to be ready to welcome the Cowboys to the stadium next
week the Giants were looking to open the season with better pass protection for
Daniel Jones. By the end of the first half, Jones was sacked 4 times, including
a sack fumble that led to a Titans field goal to give them a 13-0 lead. Over the
course of the game, Jones was sacked 5 times on 21 pass attempts.
objective was to see more production from running back Saquon Barkley, and Barkley
delivered on that big time last week. Barkley led all the players in the league
with 164 rushing yards, and 194 yards from scrimmage, and they named him the NFC
Offensive Player of the Week.
Today the Panthers focused on stopping Barkley,
and by the end of the first half, Barkley had just 5 rushes for 3 yards. With
Barkley in their sights, you would have thought that Jones could accomplish more
with his passing attack. During that time, Jones had completed 12 of his 17 passes
for 67 yards.
Special teams and the defense had done their jobs. Each unit
had one fumble recovery, and Graham Gano's two field goals had the Giants tied
with Carolina at 6-6 at the half. Both teams had 5 possessions, with the Giants
having 5 first downs and the Panthers had 9. They also led the Giants in total
plays, passing yards, and rushing yards.
The offense needed to get something
going in the second half, and the defense needed to keep at it, once again working
without edge rushers Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari. They were also missing
cornerback Aaron Robinson this game, and it takes a lot to contain running back
Christian McCaffery, and wide receiver D.J. Moore.
The Panthers hit that point
home on their first possession of the third quarter. Their three-play one minute
drive included two long completions from Baker Mayfield to Moore, including the
touchdown catch. The defensive task became more daunting when Leonard Williams
had to leave the game on the Panthers next possession.
Right before that though,
the Giants showed that they too could score. Jones had to overcome a 3rd-and-9
from his own 26-yard line, and he did it with a 15 yard completion to Richie James.
Barkley's 16-yard run right after that got them another first down. They finished
with four of them on this drive that ended with a touchdown completion to Daniel
It was a tie score until Gano put the Giants ahead in the fourth
quarter 16-13. The defense held the Panthers to a field goal right after that,
and Gano put the Giants ahead 19-16 on their next turn. That became the final
score, thanks to the defense hanging tough, allowing the Panthers just 3 first
downs for the rest of the game. Their biggest blemish was a 49-yard run by McCaffrey
that helped set up Carolina's last field goal.
Overall, they held McCaffrey
to 102 yards rushing, thanks to that one long run, on 15 carries, and Mayfield
to only 145 passing yards and 1 touchdown, while completing 14 of his 29 passes.
Graham Gano scored most of the points for the Giants, going 4-for-4 on field goals
from 36, 33, 51, and 56 yards. Obviously, the Giants offense needs to do much
more if they want to build on their 2-0 record. They'll be able to show a big
audience what they can do next week on Monday Night Football when the Cowboys
come to town".
| First Quarter
Gano 36 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 0 3 FG 2:30
Gano 33 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 25 yards, 7:47
| Second Quarter
Pineiro 31 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 58 yards, 5:15
Pineiro 32 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 34 yards, 4:23
| Third Quarter
DJ Moore 16 Yd pass from Baker Mayfield (Eddy Pineiro Kick)
Drive info: 3
plays, 67 yards, 1:00
Daniel Bellinger 16 Yd pass from Daniel Jones (Graham Gano Kick)
Drive 8 plays,
75 yards, 3:08
Fourth Quarter |
Gano 51 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 58 yards, 3:24
Pineiro 38 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 55 yards, 1:45
Gano 56 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 37 yards, 7:12
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