1:00 PM Cowboys at Giants
lose to the Cowboys 36-35.
Eli Manning was 24 of 41 for 301 yards with 2 TDs
and 1 INT.
Saquon Barkley had 17 carries for 109 yards and 1 TD, and caught
4 passes for 33 yards.
Wayne Gallman had 6 carries for 23 yards and 1 TD, and
caught 1 pass for 7 yards.
Engram caught 5 passes for 81 yards and 1 TD.
Latimer caught 4 passes for 72
yards and 1 TD.
caught 4 passes for 67 yards, and had 1 carry for 9 yards.
Bennie Fowler caught
3 passes for 21 yards.
Simonson caught 2 passes for
Elijhaa Penny caught 1 pass for 6 yards.
Vernon had 2.5 sacks.
Hill had .5 sacks.
Rosas kicked 48 and 38 yard field goals.
home game with the Cowboys was the last of the season, and I was really hoping
for a win. The Giants had the ball first and got off to a good start. Corey Coleman
ran the kickoff all the way out to the 38-yard line. Eli Manning completed a pass
to Sterling Shepard that he took to the Cowboys 38-yard line. Then Saquon Barkley
ran the ball for 26 yards. It almost looked like the Cowboys were hesitant to
make real contact, with their playoff game coming up next. Unfortunately, that
first drive ended when Eli Manning’s pass into the end zone for Shepard was intercepted.
The defense held, but the Giants second drive also ended with a turnover when
Manning's arm was hit while he was being sacked, and the fumble was recovered
by the Cowboys. They had good position at midfield, and got down to the Giants
15-yard line. Olivier Vernon sacked Dak Prescott on the next play, and luckily
for the Giants, the Cowboys missed with their field goal attempt.
On the Giants
next try, they had two false start penalties and so it ended up being a three-and-out
as the game drifted into the second quarter. So far, it wasn't encouraging to
see how the Giants offense was playing. They had lost the ball on one interception,
had one fumble, and had one drive killed by two penalties.
The Cowboys first
drive in the second quarter had them moving well against our defense, and helped
along by two penalties, the Cowboys scored the first points of the game when Prescott
threw a touchdown pass to Blake Jarwin. The Giants responded with a lackluster
three-and-out drive that lasted less than one minute. The Cowboys offense was
back on the field, and though Vernon sacked Prescott for a second time, they converted
on a 3rd-and-10 play. Then B.W. Webb was hit with a 23-yard pass interference
penalty, and soon the Giants were down 14-0 when Prescott connected with Jarwin
again for another touchdown.
There weren't too many happy fans, and not much
was expected at that point when the Giants took the field with less than two minutes
left, but Manning started connecting with some nice passes to his receivers. The
drive chewed up the clock and it ended with Manning throwing a 21 yard touchdown
pass to Cody Latimer. When the half was over, the score was 14-7 in favor of the
The Giants scored first in the third quarter with a field goal, but
the Cowboys came right back with a touchdown. The Giants looked like they were
going nowhere on the next drive after Manning threw an incomplete pass, and Barkley's
6-yard run was erased by an offensive holding penalty. It was 2nd-and-20 from
the Giants 17 yard line when Barkley took off with a 68 yard run that had everyone
on their feet. Manning closed out the drive with a touchdown pass to Evan Engram.
Manning hit him again for a two point conversion, and that left the Giants trailing
by just three points.
Next, Vernon and B. J. Hill combined for a sack on Prescott
to basically ruin the Cowboys drive near the end of the third quarter. The Giants
started off the fourth strong with Manning soon hitting Engram with a pass that
he took 51 yards down to the Cowboys 14-yard line. Wayne Gallman ran the ball
three straight times, finishing in the end zone with a touchdown that put the
Giants in the lead for the first time in the game, with a 25-21 score.
Giants defense couldn't stop Prescott from making two big pass plays on their
next drive, and the Cowboys soon scored another touchdown. At this point, Pat
Shurmur wasn't holding back, and he even had Manning pull a quarterback sneak
on a fourth-and-one from their own 35-yard line. Manning then went on to hit Shepard
with a 19 yard pass, and soon Latimer came down with a nice one handed 31 yard
catch. This time it was Barkley running the ball three straight times, and Barkley
had a touchdown when he reached the ball high over everyone into the end zone.
It actually looked to be a fumble when a Cowboys player swatted it away, but
the ball had crossed the goal line, and the Giants now had a four point lead.
I was hoping the defense would hold, and they did just that when B.J. Goodson
recovered a Cowboys fumble on the very next play. There were three minutes left,
and with the Giants in the Cowboys redzone, I knew they wouldn't be able to run
the clock out to end the game.
I was hoping for a touchdown as that would
put the game out of reach, and on their first play Manning completed a pass to
Scott Simonson for 9 yards down to the Cowboys 9-yard line. After a costly offensive
holding penalty, Barkley ran the ball twice and lost yardage. The Giants had to
settle for a field goal to put them up 35-28.
The defense let Prescott complete
two long passes on the next drive, and he got his team down to the Giants 32-yard
line. It was fourth-and-15, and I held my breath when Prescott threw a long pass
downfield into the end zone. Cole Beasley dove for it and looked to be out of
bounds, but it was a touchdown. Going for it all, the Cowboys converted on a two
point try to take a one point lead. Things looked good when Latimer took the Cowboys
kickoff all the way to midfield, but Manning threw four straight passes that fell
incomplete, and the Cowboys went on to win 36-35. It looked like the Giants were
really going to do it this time. Instead It was a disappointing end to the game,
and to the season for all the fans."
Giants finished up the season scoring more points than any other team in the NFC
East. Unfortunately, they also gave up more points than any of those teams. The
Giants were competitive in their last two games of the season, playing against
teams that were good enough to move on to the playoffs, and they lost by just
one point in those games. In each game the Giants held a fourth quarter lead with
less than four minutes remaining before their opponents turned things around with
their come-from-behind drives.
That makes you look at the defense, and you
should, considering that going into this game with the Cowboys, the Giants had
allowed an NFL-high 154 fourth quarter points. Add in today's results - it totals
169 on the season, and I'm sure that will take the 'prize'. Still, you can't absolve
the Giants offense. In this game today, as in the other, they had one last shot
to get into field goal range to steal back the win.
This one really hurt,
as the Cowboys messed up after their successful two-point conversion by drawing
a taunting penalty. Kicking off from 15 yards deeper, the ball was fielded by
Cody Latimer at the Giants 14-yard line, and he returned it to the Giants 48-yard
line. The Giants needed maybe 15 more yards for kicker Aldrick Rosas to do what
he's been doing best all this season.
However, the 48-yard line is where the
ball stayed as Manning threw incompletions to Bennie Fowler, Evan Engram, Sterling
Shepard, and finally Latimer, to end their chances. The fans did not get to celebrate
a comeback win to end the Giants season on a high note. Instead, the Giants lost
another close one to finish the season with a 5-11 record, with eight of the eleven
losses having been by a touchdown or less.
The Giants finished up last in
the division, and the way things had
moved along all this year, who would have thought that not one, but two of these
NFC East teams would be in the playoffs? Do either of them stand a chance? The
Cowboys and the Eagles are the worst of the playoff teams in terms of points scored,
and in points deferential.
The Cowboys on the season have scored only 15 points
more than they've given up. Their last Super Bowl win was Super Bowl XXX, and
since, they've won only three playoff games spread out over 21 years. The Eagles
have scored only 19 points more than they've given up. They hope to repeat on
last years performance, and to be the Super Bowl 53 Champions. The Giants are
out of it, so for now, just sit back and enjoy the playoffs"
| First Quarter
| Second Quarter
Blake Jarwin 13 Yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher Kick)
Drive info: 13
plays, 65 yards, 6:37
Blake Jarwin 19 Yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher Kick)
Drive info: 9
plays, 75 yards, 5:24
Cody Latimer 21 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
10 plays, 73 yards, 1:35
| Third Quarter
- FIELD GOAL
Aldrick Rosas 48 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 15 yards, 4:10
Blake Jarwin 39 Yd pass from Dak Prescott (Brett Maher Kick)
Drive info: 8
plays, 76 yards, 4:00
Evan Engram 6 Yd pass from Eli Manning (Manning Pass to Engram for Two-Point Conversion)
Drive info: 5 plays, 73 yards, 3:07
| Fourth Quarter
Wayne Gallman 2 Yd Run (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 8 plays, 81 yards,
Rod Smith 1 Yd Run (Brett Maher Kick)
Drive info: 5 plays, 75 yards, 1:27
Saquon Barkley 2 Yd Run (Aldrick Rosas Kick)
Drive info: 12 plays, 74 yards,
- FIELD GOAL
Aldrick Rosas 38 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, -2 yards, 0:34
Cole Beasley 32 Yd pass from Dak Prescott (Prescott Pass to Gallup for Two-Point
Drive info: 9 plays, 70 yards, 1:23
Giants Eli Manning passed for over 4000 yards for the seventh time in his career.
Saquon Barkley rushed for more than 100 yards for the seventh time this season,
Giants Saquon Barkley is the
first running back to lead in catches since Tiki Barber in 2003.
have lost all of their home games within the NFC East for the first time since
2003.Giants have lost eight games
by seven points or less, the most by any NFL team this season.
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