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Sept. 23, 1:00 PM Giants at Houston
Game 3
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Giants win over the Texans 27-22.
Eli Manning was 25 of 29 for 297 yards and 2 TDs.
Saquon Barkley rushed for 82 yards on 17 carries and 1 TD, and caught 5 passes for 35 yards.
Wayne Gallman rushed for 25 yards on 6 carries.
Jonathan Stewart rushed for 8 yards on 2 carries.

Odell Beckham Jr. caught 9 passes for 109 yards.
Sterling Shepard caught 6 passes for 80 yards and 1 TD.

Rhett Ellison caught 3 passes for 39 yards and 1 TD.

Evan Engram caught 1 pass
for 19 yards.
Cody Latimer caught 1 pass
for 15 yards.
Alec Ogletree had 1 INT.
Donte Deayon recovered 1 fumble.
Lorenzo Carter, Mario Edwards Jr., and B.J. Hill each had 1 sack.

Aldrick Rosas kicked 44 and 30 yard field goals.

"The Texans started off the game with an opening drive field goal. So far this season the Giants have won the toss, deferred, and then let the other team score. The Texans ended the half scoring another field goal. The good news was they had nothing in between! It was a rarity for the Giants to score on their opening drive - they haven't done that all season, to take the lead- they haven't done that all season, and even keep it for the entire half.
The Giants offensive line had all kinds of trouble last week with the Cowboys, but they did well with the changes they made. Eli Manning was completing almost every pass, and Odell Beckham Jr. and
Sterling Shepard were involved early on. Saquon Barkley had run for one touchdown, and Rhett Ellison added another. The Giants were up 20-6, and I felt like I was watching a different offense out there.
The Giants defense held Houston to just a long field goal in the third quarter. They also forced a fumble, which was good, as Manning's unit had cooled off a bit. The Texans were really on the move at the end of the quarter. The Giants defense started to give up some big passing plays to quarterback Deshaun Watson before sacking him to start off the fourth quarter. On the very next play they intercepted him in the endzone.
Things didn't look good when Manning was sacked twice on the next drive, and the Texans went on to score their first touchdown of the game on the following one. They were only five points behind now. I was expecting the worst, but the offense managed to put a drive together for the first time in this half. It was killing the clock, and it ended with a Manning to Sterling Shepard 7-yard touchdown pass.
Then, even though the defense sacked Watson and had him at a 3rd-and-long, and 4th-and-8, and 4th-goal, he led his team all the way downfield, and finally hit his receiver for a touchdown. By then the score was 27-22 with only one second left, and the Giants had the win. I know I wasn't the only one expecting the Giants lose another one coming into this game, but they played well. I know I shouldn't do it, but I can't help having my hopes up now, for at least some good showings in the games that follow."

"Everyone knows that a quarterback needs time to throw, and a running back needs some blocking to run. The offensive line for the Giants haven't been able to do that until today. Their two biggest playmakers, Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley, had been neutralized. After last week's performance in Dallas, the Texans had lots of game film to review on how to exploit the Giants offense. Head coach Pat Shurmur knows all that the Texans saw and more, and he decided to make a sudden switch, inserting Chad Wheeler at the right tackle spot instead of Ereck Flowers.
Shurmur already had to give v
eteran offensive lineman John Greco his first start, because center Jon Halapio was lost for the season with a broken leg and ankle from last Sunday night's game against the Cowboys. It did help that Wheeler and Greco had worked together with the second string units, and overall things worked out well.
As would be expected, there were some mistakes and Manning took four sacks, but he had more time to hit the receivers he needed to, and make the plays that can get you touchdowns instead of field goals. Manning missed on only four of his 29 passes, and he threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions. The offensive line, working in this configuration for the first time, had to deal with defensive end J.J. Watt, and he alone registered three of those sacks and a few near misses. Saquon Barkley had some room to run, and made good use of it, including his 15-yard touchdown.
The Giants defense did it's job, and though they allowed the Texans to gain some traction in the second half, they came up big when it mattered. In the two games they had played, the defense had a total of 1 sack and 1 interception. Today they picked up 3 sacks, one interception, and one fumble recovery.
Over these first three games they haven't had Olivier Vernon and Eli Apple on the field together. The fill-ins have picked up some valuable experience working together, but next week they'll be playing at home against the New Orleans Saints. That's a bit of a step up compared to what they've seen over the last three weeks. The Saints are averaging over 34 points a game. If the Giants can get one or both of those key players back on the field, it would be a big help."

First Quarter

Play: Ka'imi Fairbairn 23 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 69 yards, 4:50
Texans 3-0

Play: Saquon Barkley 15 Yd Run (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 75 yards, 6:00
Giants 7-3

Second Quarter

Play: Aldrick Rosas 44 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 58 yards, 5:14
Giants 10-3

Play: Aldrick Rosas 30 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 64 yards, 5:59
Giants 13-3

Play: Rhett Ellison 16 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 6 plays, 71 yards, 1:56
Giants 20-3

Play: Ka'imi Fairbairn 28 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 65 yards, 1:20
Giants 20-6

Third Quarter

Play: Ka'imi Fairbairn 54 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 41 yards, 3:13
Giants 20-9

Fourth Quarter

Play: Will Fuller V 6 Yd pass from Deshaun Watson (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)
Drive info: 7 plays, 67 yards, 3:32
Giants 20-15

Play: Sterling Shepard 7 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 9 plays, 77 yards, 5:29
Giants 27-15

Play: Lamar Miller 4 Yd pass from Deshaun Watson (Ka'imi Fairbairn Kick)
Drive info: 12 plays, 75 yards, 2:07
Giants 27-22


Giants scored an opening possession touchdown on the road for the first time since Nov. 1, 2015.

Giants had their first lead of the season after their opening drive, and throughout the game.

Giants Eli Manning's 86.2 completion percentage was the second-highest of his career.

Giants Eli Manning, with 342 touchdowns, is now tied with Fran Tarkenton for 7th all-time.

Giants Saquon Barkley has more than 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first three games.
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