The New York Giants came in to their season-opening game 3-point underdogs, with few believing they would put up much of a fight against the Jacksonville Jaguars. They lost the game 20-15, but came together in the fourth quarter to give the Jags everything they could handle.
Eli Manning completed 23-of-37 for 224 yards and one interception. Saquon Barkly had 18 carries for 106 yards (5.9 yards per carry), a touchdown, and caught 2 passes for 22 yards. Odell Beckham Jr. had 11 catches for 11 yards, and Sterling Shepard caught 5 passes for 48 yards.
The Jaguars took a 20-9 lead with 11:24 remaining when Myles Jack intercepted a tipped pass and took it 32 yards for a touchdown. Saquon Barkley electrified the crown and got the Giants back in the game less than a minute later, going 68 yards for a score with 10:39 left.
The Giants had an opportunity at a game-winning drive, taking possession at their own 19-yard line with 4:10 to play. The drive ended when an Eli Manning pass on fourth-and-6 at the Jaguars’ 36-yard line fell incomplete.
“It’s disappointing when you lose. The one good thing is our team fought from the front to the back. They fought all the way through the game. Unfortunately as is the case in a lot of these games that are close, we just didn’t make enough plays in the end to win the game,” coach Pat Shurmur said afterwards. “It’s unfortunate we lost, we’re disappointed because we lost but we’ve got to move on and regroup and get ready to play Dallas.
Moments that mattered
Saquon Barkley goes off
The Giants looked down and out after Myles Jacks’s pick 6 made the score 20-9, but that feeling lasted a whole two plays before Saquon Barkley blew the metaphorical roof off Met Life stadium. On second-and3 on the ensuing possession, Manning handed the ball off to Barkley, who did to Jacksonville’s defense what he did to Iowa’s.
Leonard Fournette’s hamstring
The Jaguars star running back left the game in the second quarter and never returned. He was finally officially ruled out late in the third quarter. He finished with 9 carries for 41 yards.
#Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette has a hamstring injury and is questionable to return. He’s headed to the locker room.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 9, 2018
Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is OUT.— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) September 9, 2018
Odell Beckham sets another record
Beckham broke the record for most reception in 50 career games, surpassing Anquan Boldin, who had 314. Beckhm has now played in 48 games.
The Giants (0-1) travel to Texas to face the NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys next Sunday night.