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Giants win over the Jaguars 23-17

"The Giants gave us another thrilling game to watch today. They started off with an opening drive touchdown, and we haven't seen that in a good long time. Some of my excitement was dimmed when the Jaguars came right back with one of their own. To top it off the Giants were hit with an illegal formation penalty on the extra point play. The Jaguars then went for two, and ended up with an 8-7 lead.
The Giants hit some bad luck on the next possession. Aside from one of the receivers dropping a deep pass from Daniel Jones, left tackle Ben Bredeson was also injured during the play. It soon came to Jones throwing a nice third-and-14 pass to Richie James, which would have gone for a first down, but he dropped it. After the Jaguars easily moved downfield and added to their score with another field goal, the Giants came back with one of their own.
That's the good news. The bad was that right tackle Evan Neal injured his knee on the first play of that drive. The Jaguars had their turn, and once again easily moved downfield. They got down to the Giants 17-yard line when their top runner, Travis Etienne, broke free for what should have been a touchdown until safety Xavier McKinney punched the ball away from him at the 5-yard line. Safety Julian Love recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchback.
There were just under three minutes left in the half, and all I was hoping for was that the Giants wouldn't let the Jaguars get another shot before it ended. They did better than that, scoring a field goal to put them up 13-11 over the Jaguars, who couldn't stop them from making first downs until Jones got his guys down to the 15-yard line for the field goal.
The bad news this time was that tight end Daniel Bellinger caught a pass, took it 13 yards for a first down, but then was hit in the eye when the defender got a hand inside his face mask. The Jaguars had blown all three timeouts during the Giants drive, and after a few plays took up the final 28 seconds, we were at halftime.
I didn't know what to expect when the third quarter started. The Giants offense had lost three starters, and their defense wasn't slowing down the Jaguars very much except for that one turnover. The Jaguars got the ball first this time, and on their first play Etienne tried to make up for his costly fumble. He ran the ball 49 yards until Kayvon Thibodeaux caught up with him. Bottom line, it took the Jaguars all of about three minutes to score a touchdown.
The Giants special teams unit blocked their extra point, and they held a 17-13 lead. Considering the previous injuries, the Giants did well on their next turn driving downfield 72 yards in eight plays, to the Jacksonville 3-yard line. After an incomplete pass to Marcus Johnson, it was fourth-and-goal play. I was thinking they shouldn't go for it, but they did, and Jones went to Johnson again in the end zone. Johnson dropped the ball at the goal line, and it would have been a first down.
I never saw Jones look so angry as he did when he looked at Johnson, and yelled something at him. A few possessions later the Jaguars attempted a fourth-and-1 play instead of kicking a field goal that would have put them 7 points up. It didn't seem wise, and didn't pay off for them when Trevor Lawrence was stopped short on his run. On the next drive, Jones, Saquon Barkley, and Matt Breida ran the ball a lot, and Jones finished it off with a one yard run into the end zone, to have the Giants take a 20-17 lead.
Right after that, It was exciting to see the Giants defense come up strong, and shut the Jaguars down with a three-and-out for only the second time in this game. After the punt Jones, Barkley and Breida continued with their successful running tactics, and got down to the Jaguars 16-yard line, but Barkley really messed up on his last run. The clock had ticked down to 25 seconds left in the game when the replay official ruled that Barkley failed to get out of bounds.
The clock was reset to 1:07, and Graham Gano came in to kick a field goal, and the Giants were now up by 6 points, but that mistake by Barkley put the defense in a much tougher position. The extra time gave the Jaguars a chance to win this game, and they took full advantage of it with the help of the officials. It looked like the refs were trying to hand the game over to the Jaguars calling 3 penalties on the Giants on this drive.
They took back a sack, an interception, and hit Dexter Lawrence with a roughing the passer call. These added up to 25 yards, with the clock stopping each time until the Jaguars got down to the Giants 17-yard line with 5 seconds left. Trevor Lawrence completed a pass to his receiver, but the Giants held him just short of the end zone, and the time expired.
I felt exhausted just watching this game which down to the last second, could have gone either way. After a few moments I was able to chill a bit, realizing that the Giants had a 23-17 win, and a 6-1 record. I hope the Giants go easier on me next week in Seattle."

"Daniel Jones, how does he do it? For the fourth time this season, and for the third straight week, he overcame a fourth quarter deficit, and led his team on to another win. Jones now has four game winning touchdown drives in the fourth quarter this season. This game might have been the most impressive considering he had to do it despite losing three starters, left guard Ben Bredeson, right tackle Evan Neal, and tight end Daniel Bellinger, all before the end of the second quarter.
Jones started the game off with a 32-yard touchdown pass to Darius Slayton in the Giants first drive of the day. In that go-ahead fourth quarter drive, he teamed with Barkley for four running plays. Right after a 24 yard scramble, Jones surprised the Jaguars with a 9 yard run. Barkley ran three straight times, and his 18-yard gain put the Giants on the Jaguars 11 yard line. Jones threw a pass to Slayton that was interfered with, and after the penalty, Jones finished things off with a 1-yard touchdown run.
Jones, aside from completing 19 of 30 passes for 202 yards and 1 touchdown, had 57 yards on designed rushing plays, and 50 yards on scrambles for a total of 107 rushing yards and 1 touchdown. Barkley had 24 carries for 110 yards, and combined with Matt Breida's 4 carries for 19 yards, they ran for 236 yards. That was against a Jaguars team that had been giving up just under 90 yards a game.
Credit also has to go to the Giants defense, who created one important turnover that kept the Jaguars from scoring a touchdown in the second quarter, and for their fourth quarter stop on the Jaguars final play of the game. Without safeties Julian Love and Xavier McKinney stopping Jacksonville receiver Christian Kirk at the 1-yard line with no time left on the clock, the Giants would have lost this one.
The Giants came into this game without a number of key players, and lost a few more today. Next week the Giants are in Seattle to take on the Seahawks, and then they have their bye week before hosting the Houston Texans. Maybe they'll have a few more hands on deck with that added recovery time."

First Quarter

Play: Darius Slayton 32 Yd pass from Daniel Jones (Graham Gano Kick)
Drive info: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:39
Giants 7-0
Play: Travis Etienne Jr. 7 Yd Run (Travis Etienne Jr. Run for Two-Point Conversion)
Drive info: 6 plays, 70 yards, 3:23
Jaguars 8-7

Second Quarter

Play: Riley Patterson 27 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 70 yards, 5:44
Jaguars 11-7
Play: Graham Gano 33 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 60 yards, 5:56
Jaguars 11-10
Play: Graham Gano 33 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 65 yards, 2:58
Giants 13-11

Third Quarter

Play: Trevor Lawrence 1 Yd Run (Riley Patterson PAT blocked)
Drive info: 7 plays, 73 yards, 3:15
Jaguars 17-13

Fourth Quarter

Play: Daniel Jones 1 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 79 yards, 5:54
Giants 20-17
Play: Graham Gano 34 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 61 yards, 3:25
Giants 23-17

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