1:00 PM Bears at Giants
win over the Bears 20-12
Giants were wearing their classic blue uniforms on a cool windy day at MetLife
Stadium. The game didn't start out any way you would like, with the Giants going
three-and-out, followed up by the Bears moving the ball well and scoring first
with a field goal. Things looked much better the next time the Giants had the
ball. Daniel Jones completed two passes and
Saquon Barkley had two nice runs, and soon
the ball was at the Bears 21-yard line. On this snap, Jones kept the ball and
ran it in for a touchdown.
The Bears started off next with a big 56-yard pass
completion from Justin Fields to Darnell Mooney that put them in field goal range
at the Giants 25-yard line. They got down to the 4-yard line a few plays later,
and settled for a field goal that still had the Giants up 7-6 near the end of
the first quarter, Barkley and Jones each had first down runs on the next drive,
but then things stalled.
Chicago was moving the ball well on their next turn,
and it looked like an 8-yard sack by Tae Crowder would put an end to that. However,
a 24-yard catch and run by Khalil Herbert got the Bears a first down at the Giants
27-yard line. This time, outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari came up with a sack
fumble on Fields, and Kavyon Thibodeaux recovered the ball for the Giants. Barkley
got the crowd excited starting things off with a 29-yard run. Then Jones kept
things going with a short pass to tight end Tanner Hudson that went for 18 yards.
few plays later on a 3rd-and-9 at the Bears 27-yard line, Barkley looked stopped
after catching a short pass, but he broke the tackle, and with Jones blocking,
got the ball down to the Bears 12-yard line. Two plays later, Jones ran the ball
8 yards and scored on his second touchdown run of the game. The defense then held
the Bears to their first 3-and-out of the game, thanks to a challenge by head
coach Brian Daboll, and a sack by Dexter Lawrence.
Things were really looking
up the way things were going for the Giants until the punt return was fumbled
by Richie James, giving the Bears great field position. The Giants had just blown
an opportunity to control the ball, and maybe add to the score with about four
minutes left in the half. Instead, the second quarter ended with the Bears adding
one more field goal, and the Giants had a 14-9 lead.
The Bears started off
the 3rd quarter with another field goal, and the Giants held a slim 14-12 lead.
After both teams punted, Jones got things going on his next drive off with a 19
yard run. Then he threw a 40-yard pass to Darius Slayton who was interfered with,
and the penalty was enforced. Unfortunately, Jones next took a big 11 yard sack,
and before long Graham Gano came in and kicked his first field goal of the day,
extending the Giants lead to 5 points.
The defense got the Bears 3-and-out,
and suddenly we saw Tyrod Taylor on the field instead of Jones. Taylor handed
off to Barkley twice, and then ran 13 yards for a first down. Next Taylor was
throwing way downfield, and his pass to Slayton was intercepted. Why call a big
play for a backup quarterback suddenly coming off the bench? The defense once
again had the Bears 3-and-out, and I was hoping the Giants weren't going to blow
this game when the offense took the field.
Taylor was in command, handling
things very well, even running for another first down. A few plays later though,
Taylor was doing that again, and was injured while making the first down. Jones
was suddenly back on the field in the wide receiver position, and the snaps went
straight to Barkley for a few plays. The drive ended with Gano kicking a 43-yard
field goal to give the Giants a more comfortable 20-12 lead. The Bears got the
ball back with five and a half minutes left in the game, and after making one
first down, were forced to punt.
The next Giants drive was a 3-and-out, with
Barkley running the ball to kill time. The Giants punted, and then recovered the
ball when it was fumbled by the Bears returner with just over two minutes left.
This Giants drive was all Barkley again until Gano came out to attempt a 37 yard
field goal to really put the game away for good. When Gano's kick was missed,
the Bears had just 16 seconds and a slim chance for a tie. The last play of the
game was like something from an old Keystone Cops comedy film, with laterals and
fumbles all across the field until the Giants made a tackle and secured the ball.
The Giants made it exciting to the very end."
always looking to see more from the Giants offense, and today we got more, at
least in the first half of this game. The Giants had scored just one touchdown
in each of the last two games against the Panthers, and Cowboys. The Giants started
off today with two touchdowns in the first half, but they couldn't keep it going,
settling for two field goals in the next two quarters.
Some of the problems
for the Giants on offense has been the lack of capable wide receivers on the field.
In the first half, Daniel Jones threw only 10 passes, and completed 6 of them
for 61 yards. Tight end Daniel Bellinger caught 3 for 23 yards, and Tanner Hudson
caught 1 for 18 yards. Saquon Barkley had one catch for 15 yards, and the only
wide receiver in the mix was David Sills with a 5 yard catch.
that tight ends Bellinger and Hudson did not catch a single pass after that, but
their meager numbers stood up to have them as the Giants top receivers for this
game. The Giants completed just 3 more passes over the course of the second half.
Jones hit Barkley for 1 yard, and Richie James for 9 yards. Tyrod Taylor came
in when Jones was injured, and completed one pass to Darius Slayton for 11 yards.
The game total of 16 passes adds up to 9 completions for 82 yards.
your head, the Giants actually did win this game, and they did it on the ground.
Barkley carried the ball 31 times for 147 yards. Jones ran 6 times for 68 yards
and 2 touchdowns. Taylor took off 3 times for 30 yards, and Matt Breida had 3
carries for 18 yards. The combined effort was 44 carries for 262 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Giants won the game, and the
big concern will be the status of both their their quarterbacks. Jones sustained
an ankle injury, and Taylor suffered a concussion The Giants depth chart currently
shows no third string quarterback on the roster, but Davis Webb is on the practice
squad, and likely will be elevated to the active roster for the game in London
The other issue they face is that not
only is Sterling Shepard out for the year, but Kenny Golladay was hurt today.
They were already without Wan'Dale Robinson (knee) and Kadarius Toney (hamstring).
would have been helpful to have had Toney on the field today for his quarterback
skills. If available he could be a big asset next week The Giants sure have a
lot to figure out before they head off to their game in London with the Green
| First Quarter
Badgley Made 29 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 65 yards, 5:17
Daniel Jones 21 Yd Rush Graham Gano Made Ex. Pt
Drive info: 6 plays, 75 yards,
Badgley Made 22 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 77 yards, 3:36
Second Quarter |
Daniel Jones 8 Yd Rush, G.Gano extra point is GOOD.
Drive info: 7 plays, 75
Badgley Made 40 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 13 yards, 2:04
Third Quarter |
Badgley Made 35 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 58 yards, 3:58
Gano Made 44 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 60 yards, 2:50
Fourth Quarter |
Gano Made 43 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 54 yards, 6:34
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