The New York Giants losing streak extended to six straight as they fell, 34-27, to the inner-city rivals New York Jets at MetLife Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The Giants entered the game with a 2-7 record while the Jets were coming off of a loss to the previously-winless Miami Dolphins. The Jets improve to 2-7 with the victory.
The Giants went down early in the game, giving up two touchdowns to the Jets in their first two possessions. After allowing 14 unanswered points, the Giants responded with back-to-back touchdown drives of their own in the second quarter - both of which were scored by wide receiver Darius Slayton.
A turnover early in the third quarter allowed the Jets to increase their lead to 21-13. A pair of touchdowns by wide receiver Golden Tate though, gave the Giants their first lead of the game heading into the fourth quarter. 27-21
The Jets then scored 13 unanswered points in the beginning of the fourth quarter to re-take a 34-27 lead that they would hold for the remainder of the game.
Giants go down early
The Jets struck first in Sunday’s game against the Giants as quarterback Sam Darnold led his team down the field in their first possession of the game. On the drive, the Jets converted a third-down-and-long play after entering the game three-for-50 in those situations. The Jets had only 13 red zone trips all season heading into the matchup but Darnold completing a 13-play, 75-yard scoring drive (that ate up 7:39 minutes of clock) by rushing for a two-yard touchdown run.
The Giants went three-and-out on the following possession as the Jets continued to ride the momentum they created on their previous drive. The Jets increased their lead to 14-0 when Crowder connected with Jamison Crowder fora 23-yard touchdown with just over four minutes to play in the first quarter.
Slayton continues to shine
In the Giants’ opening drive of the second quarter, Jones connected with tight end Rhett Ellison on a 31-yard pass to give the Giants the ball at the Jets 48-yard line. Five plays later, Jones threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Slayton.
On the Giants next possession, Jones connected with Slayton again - this time on fourth-down-and-four - for a 39-yard touchdown catch. After a fumbled snap on the extra point, the Giants tried and failed to complete a two-point conversion, making the score 14-13 with 5:33 left in the half. The missed PAT marked the third straight game that the Giants have missed an extra point.
The rookie out of Auburn now leads the Giants with five touchdowns on the season. Today also marked the second time this season that Slayton records at least two touchdowns in a single game.
With 1:54 remaining in the first half, the Giants elected to go for it on fourth-down-and-one, but were unable to convert as the Jets took over on downs.
Third quarter: Giants take the lead
Turnovers came back to haunt the Giants on their first possession of the third quarter. Jones was sacked by Jets safety Jamal Adams at the Giants 25-yard line for -9 yards. Adams forced a fumble and recovered the football to return it 25 yards for a touchdown, putting the Jets up, 21-13.
The Giants responded with a score of their own on the following drive when Jones connected with wide receiver Golden Tate for a 61-yard touchdown to complete a five-play, 75-yard scoring drive at 12:01 in the third quarter. A missed extra point by kicker Aldrick Rosas left the Giants trailing by two after the scoring drive.
On the Giants’ following drive, running back Saquon Barkley saw his longest catch of the day with a 22-yard run. Later in the drive, on third-and-11, the Giants converted on a 14-yard pass to Slayton to advance to the Jets 22-yard line. Then, at 5:26 in the quarter, on third-down-and-three, Jones threw a short 15-yard pass up the middle to Tate, who scored his second TD of the day on the play. The Giants converted the following two-point conversion when Jones connected with wide receiver Bennie Fowler to give the Giants their first lead of the game, 27-21.
A 53-yard field goal by Sam Ficken on the Jets’ next possession pulled the Jets within three with just under two minutes to play in the third quarter.
A pass interference call on Deandre Baker gave the Jets a 33-yard penalty that placed the ball on the Giants 1-yard line to open the fourth quarter. On the next play, running back Le’Veon Bell ran the ball up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown run to give the Jets back the lead, 31-27.
A 47-yard pass from Darnold to Demaryius Thomas at 9:57 gave the Jets the ball on the Giants 22-yard line. That play helped to set up a 35-yard field goal by Ficken, extending the Jets’ lead to 34-27. Despite getting the ball back with just over four minutes to play, the Giants were unable to score again.
Jones had 25 completions in 39 attempts for 294 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He was sacked six times in the game. Jones led the team in rushing with 20 yards in three attempts.
With three new offensive lineman (RT, LT, center) in the game for the Giants, they were held to only 23 total yards throughout the game. Running back Saquon Barkley was confined to one yard in 13 attempts.
With the Giants running game held to 23 yards, Slayton and Tate stepped up with two touchdowns each on the day. Slayton led the team with 10 receptions for 119 yards, with a long of 39. Tate had four receptions for 89 yards, including a long of 61.
Markus Golden and Dalvin Tomlinson each recorded one sack in the game.
The Giants have a bye week next week before traveling to Chicago to take on the Bears at Soldier Field on Nov., 24 at 1 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on FOX.