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Mikefan - Gamegirl Reviews

Dec 17, 1:00 PM Giants at Saints
Game 14
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Giants lose to the Saints 24-6

"The Giants traveled to New Orleans to take on the Saints at the Caesars Superdome. I was hoping they would be able to continue their three game winning streak, but that didn't happen. It was encouraging at the start when the Giants managed to score a field goal on the opening drive. That wouldn't have happened if there wasn't a penalty on the Saints for running into Jamie Gillan kicking a punt when they were going 3-and-out. Two plays after that, Tommy DeVito threw a nice pass to Saquon Barkley that went for 17 yards. They gained five more yards before Randy Bullock kicked the 56-yard field goal.
The Giants defense also looked good right after that, quickly getting the Saints off the field with a 3-and-out. When the Giants lost yards on their next possession, and I saw the Saints looking impressive scoring a touchdown on their drive, I was getting a feeling that the Giants might be overmatched in this game. The Giants did come up with some good plays, and ended the first half scoring another field goal, but there were four drive killing sacks on Tommy DeVito, and Barkley couldn't seem to run anywhere with the ball.
The Saints had a 7-6 lead, and started off the second half with a touchdown, field goal, and touchdown. That was interspersed with two Giants drives that lost yardage as they went 3-and-out on both. The next time the Giants had the ball the score was 24-6, and though they got past one 4th-and-2, on their next fourth down play the ball went back to the Saints.
The Giants had one last opportunity to save some face on their final drive, but once again after converting on a fourth down play, they failed on the next. The Saints finished the game with a 24-6 win, and it was very disappointing to see the Giants play this way on both offense and defense. They had looked to be putting things together well in their previous three games, and now they have the Eagles coming up next."

"Tommy DeVito got the job done last Monday night in an impressive fashion against the Green Bay Packers. Aside from completing 17-of-21 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown with no sacks or interceptions, he ran with the ball 10 times for 86 yards. If they reflect back, the Green Bay unit - players and coaches alike, will have to wonder how they weren't able to come up with a single sack on DeVito. Over DeVito's past 6 games, he's taken 6, 5. 9. 6, 0, and now 7 sacks. As we mentioned, the 0 belongs to Green Bay.
Even a measly one or two sacks might have given them the win instead of the close loss they took in that game against the Giants. The Giants offensive line fielded the same configuration of players for the fifth straight game, but you wouldn't know that watching them play today. Aside from the sacks that DeVito couldn't avoid, Saquon Barkley had no free space to run. At the end of the first half, Barkley had 6 carries for 8 yards. DeVito was the lead rusher with 36 yards on 4 carries. The sad note is that DeVito ended up being the top rusher in the game with those 36 yards, even though he didn't have another carry.
The defense did hold the Saints to just one touchdown in the first two quarters, but were ineffective after that. With the offense going nowhere, the Giants gave up three straight scoring drives to the Saints in the second half. At that point in the fourth quarter DeVito got his next shot, and with the Giants trailing 24-6, he needed to come up big. It didn't happen on that drive or on their last one as well.
The Giants ended up converting on just two of their 16 third down plays. DeVito was under duress all game, and finished up completing 20 of 34 passes for 177 yards. Tyrod Taylor had to come in near the end of the first half, when DeVito was unavailable, and completed 2 of 4 passes for 13 yards. Taylor's efforts mad it a bit easier for punter Jamie Gillan, subbing for injured kicker Randy Bullock, to successfully kick a 40-yard field goal after that.
Darius Slayton was the leading receiver with 4 receptions for 63 yards. Tight end Darren Waller returned after missing five games with a strained hamstring, and he also had 4 receptions for 40 yards. Wan'Dale Robinson caught all 4 passes for 25 yards. Barkley finished with 9 carries for 14 yards, and had 2 catches for 23 yards.
The defense had no pressure on quarterback Derek Carr, and came up with just one sack.
They forced no turnovers, and allowed running back Alvin Kamara to be effective running the ball 16 times for 66 yards, and to be the Saints top receiver, catching all 5 passes for 44 yards. Carr was able to spread the ball around to 10 different receivers while completing 23 of his 28 passes for 218 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Giants didn't travel well today, and next they'll be on the road again in Philadelphia on Monday for a Christmas day matchup."

First Quarter

Play: Randy Bullock 56 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 37 yards, 5:00
Giants - 3-0
Play: Keith Kirkwood 7 Yd pass from Derek Carr (Blake Grupe Kick)
Drive info: 11 plays, 68 yards, 6:35
Saints - 7-3

Second Quarter

Play: Jamie Gillan 40 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 39 yards, 2:55
Saints - 7-6

Third Quarter

Play: Juwan Johnson 23 Yd pass from Derek Carr (Blake Grupe Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 68 yards, 6:21
Saints - 14-6
Play: Blake Grupe 50 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 25 yards, 2:03
Saints - 17-6

Fourth Quarter

Play: Jimmy Graham 1 Yd pass from Derek Carr (Blake Grupe Kick)
Drive info: 11 plays, 65 yards, 7:02
Saints - 24-6

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