The New York Giants lost, 27-13, to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium. New York dropped to 5-10 on the season and Baltimore improved to 10-5. A win by the Washington Football Team in the afternoon would eliminate New York from the playoffs.
The Ravens struck first with a surgical drive down the field on the opening possession of the game. A 6-yard touchdown pass from Lamar Jackson to Marquise Brown capped off an 82-yard scoring drive to give the Ravens an early 7-0 lead. The Giants forced Baltimore to third down just once on the 13-play drive.
Baltimore tacked on another touchdown on its following drive when J.K. Dobbins rushed for a two-yard run to complete a 10-play, 65-yard scoring drive.
The Ravens had the ball for 13:17 in the first quarter alone, while the Giants had it for just 1:43. New York also recorded three penalties for 20 yards in the opening quarter.
The Ravens’ dominance continued on their third possession of the game. New York managed to hold them to a 20-yard field goal this time around, but Baltimore still took a commanding 17-0 lead at 4:40 in the second quarter.
The Giants offense finally showed signs of life when they got the ball back with 4:32 left to play in the first half. Daniel Jones was able to connect with his receivers, completing four passes of at least 11 yards or more to both Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram. Faced with third-and-6 at 1:15 on the Baltimore 13-yard line, Jones’ pass to Austin Mack fell incomplete. The referees initially called a defensive pass interference penalty on Marlon Humphrey, but they picked the flag up. The Giants settled for a 31-yard field goal by Graham Gano with 1:11 left in the half.
That was enough time for the Ravens to drive back down the field to close out the half. Justin Tucker converted a 28-yard field goal to give Baltimore a 20-3 advantage heading into the locker room.
The Giants managed to stop the Ravens for the first time in the game on Baltimore’s first drive of the second half. New York caught a break with a delay of game penalty that forced the Ravens to punt the ball instead of attempt a field goal.
An offensive pass interference call on Kaden Smith put the Giants in a second-and-17 situation on their following drive. But Jones managed to complete a 20-yard pass to Dante Pettis (his first catch as a Giant) to keep the drive alive. Gano converted a 42-yard field goal to make it 20-6 at 3:54 in the third quarter.
Trailing 27-6 after another Ravens’ touchdown score, the Giants were unable to convert on third-and-22 at 11:35 in the fourth quarter. New York punted the ball but a roughing the kicker penalty on the Ravens allowed the Giants to convert the first down and keep the drive alive. Jones drove the team down the field and completed a 15-play, 76-yard scoring drive with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Shepard with 8:44 left to play in the game.
Trailing 27-13, the Giants managed to pick up a big stop when they forced a Ravens’ fumble on their own 1-yard line. Logan Ryan recovered the fumble to give New York back the ball with 1:55 left to play. But it would not be enough to overcome the Ravens, who held on to win, 27-13.
The Giants trailed the Ravens, 20-3, at the half. New York was also held to just three points in the first half of last week’s game against the Cleveland Browns. After 13 combined points scored in the past two games, New York remained unable to find the end zone.
Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was back after missing last week’s game due to COVID-19 protocols. But the offense seemed out of sync from the Giants’ opening drive, drawing two back-to-back false start penalties. They would record three total penalties in the half.
The Giants ran 18 first-half plays to 44 for the Ravens, and New York held the ball for 7:22 to 22:38 for Baltimore. The Giants had 95 offensive first-half yards while Baltimore recorded 282.
Jones finished the half 8 of 13 for 79 yards. Jackson was 12 of 20 for 127 yards and one touchdown. He also had seven rushing attempts for 68 yards on the ground.
Jones was 24-of-41 for 252 yards and one touchdown.
Shepard recorded nine receptions for 77 yards and one touchdown.
Wayne Gallman tallied six rushing attempts for 27 yards.
The Giants will host the Dallas Cowboys next week at MetLife Stadium at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on FOX.