1:00 PM Patriots at Giants
win over New England 10-7
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.
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."
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.
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
Isaiah Hodgins 12 Yd pass from Tommy DeVito (Randy Bullock Kick)
6 plays, 26 yards, 2:34
| Third Quarter
Rhamondre Stevenson 7 Yd Run (Chad Ryland Kick)
Drive info: 11 plays, 60 yards,
Bullock 42 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 8 yards, 4:21
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