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Oct 1, 4:05 PM Giants at Tampa Bay
Game 4
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Giants lose to Tampa Bay 25-23.
Eli Manning was 30 of 49 for 288 yards with 2 TDs, and ran 3 times for 22 yards and 1TD.
Wayne Gallman rushed for 42 yards on 11 carries, and caught 2 passes for 8 yards and 1 TD.
Shane Vereen rushed for 14 yards on 5 carries, and caught 1 pass for 11 yards.
Paul Perkins rushed for 13 yards on 9 carries, and caught 1 pass for 6 yards.
Odell Beckham Jr. caught 7 passes for 90 yards.
Evan Engram caught 6 passes for 62 yards.
Sterling Shepard caught 5 passes for 54 yards.
Brandon Marshall caught 6 passes for 46 yards.
Rhett Ellison caught 2 passes for 11 yards and 1 TD.
Jason Pierre-Paul and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie each had .5 sacks.
Aldrick Rosas kicked a 30 yard field goal, and missed on a 43 yard attempt.

"The Giants got off to another slow start today. There was some bad run tackling and then Eli Apple let Mike Evans get past him in the endzone for Tampa Bay's first touchdown. Then O.J. Howard flew past everyone in the secondary, and his catch went for a 58-yard touchdown. Thanks to the Bucs missing an extra point attempt, the Giants found themselves down 13-0 at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter the Giants found themselves at their own 36 yard line as Tampa Bay's kicker missed on a field goal. They got themselves down to a 4th-1 at the Bucs 12 yard line. Ben McAdoo had Aldrick Rosas kick a 30-yard field goal for the Giants first points in the game. After the Bucs went three and out. Odell Beckham Jr. got hurt on the Giants next drive. It was hard to watch him on the sidelines with a dislocated finger being 'repaired'. Then Eli Manning went all out to show how much he wanted to win this game. He was looking for an open receiver and then took off on a 14-yard touchdown run that cut the Bucs lead to 13-10.
Tampa Bay tried to come right back and they had what looked to be a 32 yard touchdown catch by Mike Evans. It was ruled that way, but on review was overturned. Thank Landon Collins for stopping him just short. The Giants defense toughened and after three plays, the Bucs settled for a field goal, and at the end of the half the score was 16-10 in favor of Tampa Bay,
The Buccaneers missed on a 49-yard field goal on their first possession, and the only scoring in the third quarter came when Wayne Gallman caught a 4 yard touchdown pass. Once again Manning was looking over the field, and the Bucs weren't covering the rookie running back playing in his first game. The Giants took the lead 17-16 and tried to add to it early in the fourth quarter, but Rosas 43-yard field goal attempt was no good. The Bucs were the next to score and failed on their two point conversion, but then had a 22-17 lead.
Beckham had returned in the third quarter and caught a 42 yard pass from Manning, but he got hurt once again and it looked to be his leg. Then after some nice catches by Evan Engram and Beckham, and runs by Gallman, this time it was Rhett Ellison crossing into the endzone with a 2 yard touchdown catch. The Giants also failed on their two point conversion which was big, because they would have had a three point lead instead of being up by one point at 23-22.
The defense let the Bucs get into field goal range, and this time their kicker was able to make the 34 yarder for the winning 25-23 score. This loss puts the Giants at 0-4 and makes you wonder if they can figure it out before playing the Chargers at home next week."

"After the first three games the Giants showed everyone that they get off to slow starts, can't run the ball, and they can't stop others from running it on them. The Giants came into this game with hopes of changing all that, but it didn't happen. They were coming off a nice fourth quarter 24 point offense from the Eagles game, but once again scored none in the first quarter for their fourth straight game. The offense had only one field goal going for them in the second quarter until Eli Manning ran 14 yards for a touchdown in the closing minutes of the half.
How much of that was really good offense by the Giants or just very bad coverage by Tampa Bay? You can think on it while you check out Manning's history of running with the ball. Manning scrambled two other times in the game. His last one right at the start of the fourth quarter was for six yards when he couldn't find an open receiver on third down. That shortened the field goal attempt to 43 yards, but Aldrick Rosas couldn't make it happen as he missed for the first time this season. Manning's 22 yards running brought the team total up to 91 yards. Wayne Gallman accounted for 42 yards, and he caught two passes including one for the Giants first passing touchdown in the third quarter. That put the Giants ahead by one point to finally take the lead. After Tampa Bay scored, Manning once again put the Giants up by one with his touchdown pass to tight end Rhett Ellison.
There was just 3:16 left, but this wasn't the 2016 Giants defense on the field. Tampa Bay didn't even face a third down as they marched down the field until they hit the Giants 39-yard line. The Bucs needed one yard for a first down and instead got 26 when quarterback Jameis Winston completed a pass to Cameron Brate. The next third down they faced was at the Giants 13-yard line, and Nick Folk kicked a 34 yard field goal to win the game.
Right now with the Giants record at 0-4, you'd have to think that they would have to win at least nine of the next twelve games in order to have a chance at making the playoffs. With the defense giving up yardage on the ground - 111 yards today, with the Bucs lead running back Doug Martin not playing, things don't look good in that area. They gave up three touchdown passes with just one sack on Winston throwing the ball 38 times. Things are not looking good as they get ready to face the Chargers."

First Quarter

Play: Mike Evans 6 Yd pass from Jameis Winston (Nick Folk Kick)
Drive info: 4 plays, 56 yards, 2:01
Tampa Bay 7-0

Play: O.J. Howard 58 Yd pass from Jameis Winston (Nick Folk PAT failed)
Drive info: 2 plays, 70 yards, 0:45
Tampa Bay 13-0

Second Quarter

Play: Aldrick Rosas 30 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 52 yards, 4:36
Tampa Bay 13-3

Play: Eli Manning 14 Yd Run (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 7 plays, 62 yards, 3:12
Tampa Bay 13-10
Play: Nick Folk 20 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 73 yards, 2:45
Tampa Bay 16-10

Third Quarter

Play: Wayne Gallman 4 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 11 plays, 61 yards, 5:51
Giants 17-16

Fourth Quarter

Play: Cameron Brate 14 Yd pass from Jameis Winston (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive info: 4 plays, 57 yards, 1:41
Tampa Bay 22-17

Play: Rhett Ellison 2 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive info: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:28
Giants 23-22

Play: Nick Folk 34 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 59 yards, 3:16
Tampa Bay 25-23

Eli Manning's 14 yard touchdown run was the longest of his career.

Eli Manning's rushing touchdown was the sixth of his career.

Eli Manning threw a season-high 49 passes, completing 30 for 288 yards, two touchdowns, and had no interceptions.

Giants lost for the second week in a row to the opposition scoring the game-winning points on the final play.

Since the 1970 merger, only one 0-4 team rebounded to qualify for the playoffs, San Diego.
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