8:15 PM Packers at Giants
win over Green Bay 24-22
Giants had things going for them heading into the game tonight. They had an extra
week to prepare for Green Bay, and they didn't have to travel. They were coming
off a two game winning streak, and rookie quarterback Tommy DeVito had more time
to understand what he should do to improve his game. DeVito and his offense did
so, and the Giants came up with the win.
The Packers won the toss and wanted
the ball first. After their second possession, halfway into the first quarter,
they punted and drew a fair catch penalty on the Giants returner. The Giants had
good field position at the Packers 32 yard line, but didn't get far. Randy Bullock
came in for a 48-yard field goal attempt, but it was no good. They could have
used the points, because Green Bay took over, and looked to fail converting on
a 4th-and-1 near midfield.
The ruling was reversed, and they soon scored a
touchdown near the end of the first quarter. The Giants came up with some nice
plays on their next turn including a direct snap to Saquon Barkley, who gave the
ball to Wan'Dale Robinson, and he ran it 32 yards to the Packers 5-yard line.
Barkley took it in for a touchdown on the next play to tie the score at 7-7.
Packers were moving well on their next drive until Kayvon Thibodeaux forced quarterback
Jordan Love to fumble, and Xavier McKinney recovered the ball. The refs said it
wasn't a turnover, but Brian Daboll won the challenge. The Giants soon went for
their own 4th-and-1 near midfield, but failed. Two plays later Jason Pinnock intercepted
a pass, but the Giants went 3-and-out. The Packers next used up mostly all of
the remaining time, and scored a field goal to put them up 10-7 at the half.
was disappointing to see the Giants go 3-and-out at the start of the third quarter,
but it turned out to be a good thing. The Packers fumbled the punt, and the Giants
recovered it at their 31-yard line. On the Giants second play DeVito ran the ball
26 yards down to the 1-yard line, and Barkley next took it in for a touchdown!
After the Packers next punt, the Giants messed up when the ball hit one of our
players, and the Packers recovered it at the Giants 14-yard line.
defense did well coming up with a sack on Love, and they ended up settling for
a field goal, so at 14-13 the Giants still had the lead. Getting past one false
start penalty, by Barkley of all people, the Giants were impressive on their next
drive. It included some nice runs by Matt Breida, and included a flea flicker
play that Robinson took for 25 yards and finished with a touchdown catch by Isaiah
It was great to see the Giants having a 21-13 lead this late into
the third quarter. Green Bays drive took us into the fourth quarter, and they
were moving the ball well until a third down sack on Love had them going for a
45-yard field goal, which they missed. It would have been nice if the Giants capitalized
on that, because after going 3-and-out, Green Bay made good on their next drive
kicking a 48-yard field goal to make the score 21-16.
They were now one touchdown
away from taking the lead, and there were five and a half minutes left in the
game. When Barkley started off the Giants next drive with a 6, and then a 17 yard
run, followed by another he looked to be taking to their end zone. I was pretty
excited until untouched, he fumbled the ball away at the Green Bay 15-yard line.
The Packers recovered it and returned it 50 yards to the Giants 36-yard line.
With three and a half minutes left, you knew they weren't going to settle
for a field goal, and they didn't have to. With a minute and a half left, they
scored a touchdown, and after failing on the two point conversion they had a 22-21
lead. This sure looked like it was going to be one of those Giants games that
you think back on where they almost won. Could rookie DeVito under pressure get
the Giants into field goal range, and then would the field goal be good, considering
the earlier one missed? Well yes!
DeVito started off with three passes of
5, 7, and 9 yards, before connecting with Robinson for a 32-yard completion at
the Green Bay 22-yard line. Barkley took over with runs to use up Green Bay's
timeouts, and to get better field position for a field goal. Now it was up to
Bullock to do better than he had before on an easier 37-yard field goal attempt,
and he delivered. The Giants had a 24-22 win. It was great and I couldn't help
thinking that Kansas City couldn't beat
Green Bay - but the Giants did! Let's do it again next week in New Orleans!"
Giants were looking for a third consecutive win with Tommy DeVito leading the
way, and he did it. Tonight the heavy hitters on offense were DeVito, Saquon Barkley,
and Wan'Dale Robinson. DeVito completed 17 of his 21 passes, threw one touchdown
with no interceptions, and took no sacks. That was a marked improvement for DeVito
and the offensive line, as he had been sacked 26 times in the last four games
DeVito was on the mark, completing 10 of his 11 passes in the second
half. Robinson had caught two of three passes in the first half, and in the second,
pulled in all three to finish up with 79 receiving yards. Robinson also ran with
the ball twice for 36 yards. Barkley started off slow in the first half, but finished
up with 86 yards on 20 carries and 2 touchdowns. Along with DeVito's 10 carries
for 86 yards, and Matt Breida's two runs for 16 yards, the Giants total rushing
attack was 209 yards.
The defense came up with 2 sacks, and the big plays when
they needed it. There was a forced fumble by Kayvon Thibodeaux on Green Bay's
quarterback Jordan Love, recovered by Xavier McKinney at the Giants 27-yard line,
and an interception by Jason Pinnock at the Giants 23-yard line. One time in the
second half, the unit had to suddenly come back on the field when Green Bay's
punt was recovered by them after bouncing off one of the Giants players at the
14-yard line. The defense was able to hold the Packers to a field goal.
weren't as successful later on when once again they had to take the field when
the offense was looking to put the game away. Barkley was running way downfield,
but fumbled the ball over to Green Bay, and they returned it to the Giants 36-yard
line. The Packers took the opportunity to score a touchdown, and had a 22-21 lead
after their two point conversion failed. That also was a big play by the defense,
as DeVito's ensuing drive that enabled Randy Bullock to kick a field goal for
a 24-22 win, which would instead have resulted in a tie game and overtime. Next
up, the Giants travel to New Orleans where they will like be underdogs again in
their game with the Saints this Sunday."
| First Quarter
Jayden Reed 16 Yd Run (Anders Carlson Kick)
Drive info: 7 plays, 62 yards,
Packers - 7-0
Saquon Barkley 5 Yd Run (Randy Bullock Kick)
Drive info: 8 plays, 75 yards,
Tied - 7-7
Carlson 36 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 65 yards, 2:32
Saquon Barkley 1 Yd Run (Randy Bullock Kick)
Drive info: 3 plays, 31 yards,
Giants - 14-10
Carlson 32 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 0 yards, 1:34
Giants - 14-13
Isaiah Hodgins 8 Yd pass from Tommy DeVito (Randy Bullock Kick)
10 plays, 75 yards, 6:03
Giants - 21-13
| Fourth Quarter
Anders Carlson 48 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 54 yards, 3:29
Malik Heath 6 Yd pass from Jordan Love (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed)
info: 9 plays, 36 yards, 2:01
Packers - 22-21
Bullock 37 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 57 yards, 1:33
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