1:00 PM Giants at Panthers
win over the Jaguars 23-17
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
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
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
Darius Slayton 32 Yd pass from Daniel Jones (Graham Gano Kick)
9 plays, 75 yards, 4:39
Travis Etienne Jr. 7 Yd Run (Travis Etienne Jr. Run for Two-Point Conversion)
Drive info: 6 plays, 70 yards, 3:23
| Second Quarter
Patterson 27 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 70 yards, 5:44
Gano 33 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 60 yards, 5:56
Gano 33 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 65 yards, 2:58
| Third Quarter
Trevor Lawrence 1 Yd Run (Riley Patterson PAT blocked)
Drive info: 7 plays,
73 yards, 3:15
| Fourth Quarter |
Daniel Jones 1 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 79 yards, 5:54
Gano 34 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 61 yards, 3:25
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