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Giants - Patriots

Mikefan - Gamegirl Reviews

Nov 27, 1:00 PM Patriots at Giants
Game 12
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Giants win over New England 10-7

"Just like last week it was another nail biter, and best of all another win. It was a really tight game in the first half. The Giants looked to be off to a great start in the opening possession. Tommy DeVito made nice throws to Wan'Dale Robinson and Jalin Hyatt, and Saquon Barkley had a 14-yard run. In four plays they were already down to the Patriots 26-yard line, but two plays later DeVito's handoff to Robinson ended up being a fumble over to the Patriots.
The defense got them three-and-out, and after the punt DeVito connected with Hyatt with a 22-yard pass. His first to Hyatt was for 26 yards, and it looked like the Giants were really clicking today. The clicking disappeared right after that, and it didn't come back for a long time. DeVito took a sack, and that was followed with two dropped passes, the first by Barkley and the next by Robinson.
The Giants next three possessions were punts, but their defense was bringing it. Deonte Banks had come up with an interception in the first quarter, and then Bobby Okereke got one in the second quarter, ending the Patriots best drive of the game. Okereke returned it 55 yards, giving the offense their best field position at the Patriots 26-yard line. DeVito overcame a 3rd-and-8 with a 12 yard pass to Hyatt, and right after the two minute warning on a 3rd-and-10, he connected with Isaiah Hodgins for a 12-yard touchdown.
On the Patriots turn on third down, the Giants sacked quarterback Mac Jones, and it looked like they had recovered his fumble. That would have been great for the field position, but in their favor with less than a minute and a half left, the Patriots likely wouldn't get another shot. It was troubling to see DeVito take two sacks on the Giants drive, and though the Patriots did get the ball back with 34 seconds left, they just ran one play, and the Giants headed to the locker room with a 7-0 halftime lead.
One thing you always have to worry about is what Bill Belichick will come up with in the second half. The Patriots had the ball first, and the Belichick jinx was already in effect as Randy Bullock kicked the ball out of bounds, so the patriots started off at the 40-yard line. They also started off with a new quarterback, and sure enough Bailey Zappe did what his counterpart couldn't. He guided his team down the field to score a touchdown, and that tied the score.
The Giants continued with two punts on their turns, and then the defense came up with another interception by Xavier McKinney, and the Giants had it at the Patriots 32-yard line. The drive started off good with Barkley and Matt Breida running the ball to the 17-yard line, but then an offensive holding penalty took them back ten yards. Soon Bullock was in to redeem himself for his earlier poor kickoff, and he did kicking a 42-yard field goal to have the Giants regain the lead at 10-7.
It was a slim lead, and put to the test on the Patriots second possession after that, when they had a 1st-and-10 at the Giants 22-yard line with a little over a minute left. They would have stolen the game with a touchdown, but gained only five yards on three plays. On fourth down with six seconds left, it sure looked like we were headed into overtime, but their kicker missed on a 35-yard field goal attempt. What a relief! The Giants came up with another win, and who knows, maybe they'll add another after the bye week as well against Green Bay."

"Tommy DeVito once again, no interceptions, and a touchdown, and the defense did what it had to do. This game was much like last week when the Giants won because of turnovers. There were three interceptions. Deonte Banks, Bobby Okereke and Xavier McKinney each had one. Even with that, the outcome of this game was uncertain, as it looked to be headed into overtime, and turnovers are not guaranteed. The Giants defense has had 9 takeaways in the last two games.
On the other hand, the Giants offense has to do a much better job on their own if they expect to win more games. Their longest drive of the day was their first until there was a fumbled handoff from DeVito to Wan'Dale Robinson at the Patriots 26-yard line. After that they never even got close to field goal range, except for two of the interceptions provided by the defense. They managed to get a field goal coming off from McKinney's interception, and a touchdown from Okereke's, after his 55-yard return gave them a start at the Patriots 26-yard line.
McKinney's interception had them just six yards further back, but they were only able to gain eight yards on six plays, after an offensive holding penalty set them back. That amounted to the total ten points they scored today. DeVito took six sacks, while completing 17 of 25 passes for 191 yards with his one touchdown pass going to Isaiah Hodgins. Jalin Hyatt was targeted the most, and he caught five of DeVito's six passes for 109 yards. DeVito couldn't get anything going with Saquon Barkley, who had one catch on three passes for 6 yards.
Although Barkley had 8 carries for 40 yards in the first half, the running game was stunted. Barkley had only four more runs in the second half for a total of six yards. The Giants have back to back wins as they head into their bye week. They'll need all that time to figure out how to actually get their offense going. There's a chance Tyrod Taylor could be the starter coming off his rib injury by the next time they play on a Monday night against Green Bay. Head coach Brian Daboll has a lot to figure out by then."

First Quarter


Second Quarter

Play: Isaiah Hodgins 12 Yd pass from Tommy DeVito (Randy Bullock Kick)
Drive info: 6 plays, 26 yards, 2:34
Giants 7-0

Third Quarter

Play: Rhamondre Stevenson 7 Yd Run (Chad Ryland Kick)
Drive info: 11 plays, 60 yards, 6:58
Tied 7-7

Fourth Quarter

Play: Randy Bullock 42 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 8 yards, 4:21
Giants 10-7

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