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Giants-Panthers final score: Giants beaten, 33-31, on 63-yard Graham Gano field goal

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Giants fall to 1-4, beaten for second straight year by field goal of more than 60 yards

New York Giants v Carolina Panthers Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

The New York Giants have seen this movie before. A game-ending 63-yard field goal by Graham Gano gave the Carolina Panthers a 33-31 victory over the Giants on Sunday.

This was all too reminiscent of last season’s Week 3 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, when Jake Elliott beat the Giants with a last-second 61-yard kick. Talk about a gut punch.

The Giants fought back from a 27-16 fourth-quarter deficit to nearly win the game.

Trailing 30-24 with 2:16 left after a Graham Gano field goal, Eli Manning took the Giants 75 yards in four plays for the game-winning score. A 40-yard pass to Russell Shepard with 1:27 left put the Giants at the Carolina 15-yard line. One play later, Manning hit Saquon Barkley for a 15-yard catch-and-run touchdown with Barkley leaping into the end zone with 1:08 left. Aldrick Rosas’ extra point gave the Giants the lead.

Carolina drove 30 yards in 8 plays to get into position for Gano’s game-winning kick.

The game marked the first time the Giants have scored at 30 points since the final game of the 2015 season, ending a streak of 37 games.

Manning completed 22-of-36 passes for 326 yards, with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.. Odell Beckham caught 8 passes for 133 yards and his first touchdown of the season. Beckham caught a 33-yard touchdown pass and threw a 57-yard scoring pass to Barkley on a trick play. Barkley ran 15 times for 48 yards and caught 4 passes for 81 yards and 2 TDs. He became the third rookie in NFL history to have 100 or more yards from scrimmage in his first five NFL games.

The Giants fall to 1-4. Carolina is 3-1.

Moments that mattered

BECKHAM’S INTERVIEW: Think of it what you will, the interview with Josina Anderson of ESPN is a huge part of the story for the Giants today.

AGAIN? HOW? A year after losing a game on a 61-yard last-second field goal by Jake Elliott of the Philadelphia Eagles, the Giants lost on a 63-yard last-play-of-the-game kick by Graham Gano. That’s the second-longest in NFL history. That’s a bad dream, right? Not reality?

OOPS!: Carolina got a first-quarter touchdown when Beckham, returning punts, tried to throw a block on a Panthers coverage player. The ball hit him, the Panthers recovered for a touchdown.

IF YOU CAN’T CATCH ‘EM: ...: It’s been obvious that the Giants have needed more big plays in the passing game. Beckham got them their biggest of the season by throwing a 57-yard touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley off a second-quarter trick play.

PICK-FEST: Manning and Cam Newton each threw a pair of second-half interceptions. Manning was picked off by Carolina defensive back Mike Adams both times. Curtis Riley and Janoris Jenkins each had interceptions of Newton.

UNNECESSARY ROUGHESS?: After the Giants had appeared to stop the Panthers, breaking up a third-down pass for Devin Funchess on third-and-13, Michael Thomas was called for helmet-to-helmet contact. That gave Carolina a first down at the Giants’ 44-yard line and led to a game-changing 18-yard touchdown pass to Christian McCaffrey that gave Carolina a 27-16 lead with 11:21 to play.

BECKHAM FINALLY SCORES: The Giants got within three when Beckham split a double team and hauled in a 33-yard touchdown pass from Manning with 8:08 left. The touchdown was Beckham’s first of the season. A Janoris Jenkins interception gave the Giants the ball at Carolina’s 34-yard line. A 2-point conversion pass to Rhett Ellison brought the Giants within three, 27-24.

BARKLEY GOES FOR 129: That’s total yards, making it the fifth straight game he has surpassed 100. That makes him only the third player in NFL history to have 100 or more yards from scrimmage in his first five games.

What’s next?

The Giants host the Philadelphia Eagles this week on Thursday Night Football.