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Dec 4, 4:25 PM Giants at Steelers
Game 12
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Giants lose to the Steelers 24-14.
Eli Manning was 24 of 39 for 195 yards with 2 TDs and 2 INTs.
Paul Perkins rushed for 38 yards on 7 carries.
Rashad Jennings rushed for 19 yards on 6 carries, and caught 6 passes for 34 yards and 1TD.
Odell Beckham Jr. caught 10 passes for 100 yards.
Will Tye caught 2 passes for 22 yards.
Sterling Shepard caught 4 passes for 21 yards and 1 TD.
Jerell Adams caught 1 pass for 10 yards.
Roger Lewis caught 1 pass for 8 yards.
Jonathan Casillas forced a fumble.
Eli Apple recovered 1 fumble and had 1 INT.
Olivier Vernon had 2 sacks.

"The Giants got off to a poor start. On the second possession when they were at their own 9- yard line, Eli Manning threw a deep pass to Odell Beckham Jr. that should have helped. Even though it was incomplete there was a penalty flag, but it was called on Beckham instead of the defender. That backed the Giants up more, and soon after Manning hit Beckham with what would have been a first down catch, but there was another flag. This time it was a holding call on offensive tackle Ereck Flowers in the end zone for a safety. That put the Steelers up 2-0 and gave them nice field position after the free kick. They scored with a field goal right after that.
I was encouraged when Manning got his group down to the Steelers 9-yard line, but his pass intended for Larry Donnell, was intercepted and returned 58 yards. A few plays later and the Steelers had a touchdown. They added a field goal and the score was 14-0 at the end of the half. The Steelers looked to be in full control of this game.
In the third quarter the Giants got down to the Pittsburgh 3 yard line, but Manning's pass to Will Tye was incomplete on a 4th-and-1. Things went the Giants way though when Jonathan Casillas caused Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell to fumble. Eli Apple recovered it at the Pittsburgh 17, and two plays later Manning hit Rashad Jennings for a touchdown. Suddenly the Giants were down by just 7 points with plenty of time left.
After the kickoff, Ben Roethlisberger had to start from his own 12 yard line, and I thought things were shifting in the Giants favor. The defense had been playing strong, but some big passing plays later, the Steelers scored another touchdown to make it 21-7. Apple's interception near midfield gave me some hope, but after moving the ball down to the Pittsburgh 35, Manning's 4th-and-13 pass was intercepted.
After the Steelers punted, Manning tried for another fourth down play at the Pittsburgh 24-yard line, and that failed when he was sacked. The Steelers scored another field goal on their next drive, which ran the clock under two minutes. Bobby Rainey had a nice return on the kickoff to near midfield, and the Steelers let the Giants score a clock killing touchdown. The onside kick didn't work and so the final score was 24-14 in favor of the Steelers.
It was disappointing to see the Giants lose this one. I keep waiting for the offense to show they have what it takes if they can make it to the post season, but it's not happening and the defense can do only so much."

"Yet again the Giants struggled on offense. There were zero points scored in the entire first half, and they even contributed two points to the Steelers cause with a safety. Odell Beckham Jr. was responsible for more than half of Eli Manning's passing yardage, 100 out of 195, and maybe he was gypped out of a bunch more because of a questionable call by one of the refs. Rashad Jennings ran for only 19 yards on six carries and caught 6 passes for 36 yards. It's not so good when your second leading receiver in a game is your running back with only 36 yards.
Maybe some of Manning's passes would have been more productive if they were instead thrown to Victor Cruz. As it was, Cruz saw none come his way, and for the second week in a row one of the Giants top three receivers was shut out in the game. Last week it was Sterling Shepard and actually they didn't get much from him today. Aside from Shepard's 1-yard touchdown catch, he totaled just 20 yards on his other three. Paul Perkins and Jennings rushed for 57 yards, and Manning had two interceptions to go with his two touchdowns. Ben McAdoo has to figure out his game plan and what's going wrong, as both the running and passing game are failing.
The defense had a few mishaps, and were caught off guard after Manning's first interception. The Steelers had good field position and struck fast on three plays with Ben Roethlisberger hitting Antonio Brown for a touchdown to go up 11-0 in the second quarter. Other than that, they gave up two field goals so it was 14-0 at the end of the half.
They mostly kept wide receiver Brown in check, but paid the price as Le'Veon Bell ran all over them for over a hundred yards. Bell also caught six passes for 64 yards, and tight end Ladarius Green was Roethlisberger's main target for 110 yards and 1 touchdown. Olivier Vernon had 2 sacks, and rookie Eli Apple had a fumble recovery and a nice interception at midfield.
It was troubling to see Jason Pierre-Paul leave the game in the second quarter with an injury. Next up the Giants face the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium, and it's that time in the season to show if you have what it takes to go the rest of the way or not."

First Quarter

STEELERS - SAFETY
Play: Penalty on E.Flowers enforced in end zone for a Safety
Drive info: 2 plays, -9 yards, 0:56
Steelers 2-0

STEELERS - FIELD GOAL
Play: Randy Bullock 44 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 38 yards, 3:00
Steelers 5-0

Second Quarter

STEELERS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Antonio Brown 22 Yd pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive info: 3 plays, 40 yards, 1:11
Steelers 11-0

STEELERS - FIELD GOAL
Play: Randy Bullock 34 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 15 plays, 64 yards, 5:52
Steelers 14-0

Third Quarter

GIANTS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Rashad Jennings 13 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Robbie Gould Kick)
Drive info: 2 plays, 17 yards, 0:42
Steelers 14-7
STEELERS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Ladarius Green 20 Yd pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Randy Bullock Kick)
Drive info: 7 plays, 88 yards, 3:21
Steelers 21-7

Fourth Quarter

STEELERS - FIELD GOAL
Play: Randy Bullock 38 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 48 yards, 5:17
Steelers 24-7
GIANTS - TOUCHDOWN
Play: Sterling Shepard 1 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Robbie Gould Kick)
Drive info: 5 plays, 52 yards, 1:13
Steelers 24-14


Notes:

Giants cornerback Eli Apple got his first career interception.

Giants scored less than 20 points for the fifth time this season.

Giants finished with 234 yards, their second-lowest total of the season.

Giants Victor Cruz was not targeted, and did not catch a pass for the second time this season.

Giants did not score a first-half offensive touchdown for the fourth time this season.
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