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Giants-Broncos final score: Giants beaten soundly, 27-13

Giants blown out by Broncos, continue floundering in season openers

Denver Broncos v New York Giants
Giants fans did not have much to cheer about Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants continued a lengthy run of season-opening futility on Sunday, losing to the Denver Broncos, 27-13, at MetLife Stadium. The Giants (0-1) have lost eight of their last nine season openers, beginning the season 0-2 or worse in each of those eight seasons.

The game turned late in the first half. With the Giants leading, 7-3, Denver had fourth-and-2 at the Giants 49-yard line with :48 seconds left in the half.

Teddy Bridgewater completed a 14-yard pass to Courtland Sutton. Three plays later, Denver scored on a 2-yard pass to Tim Patrick with :08 left in the half for a 10-7 lead

Denver took the opening kickoff of the second half and went 75 yards in 16 plays, taking 8:12 off the clock for a 17-7 lead. The Broncos converted four third downs and scored the touchdown on fourth down on a 4-yard Teddy Bridgewater to Albert Okwuegbunam paas.

Daniel Jones then fumbled at the Denver 13-yard line after scrambling for 9 yards, killing a possession that had begun at the Giants’ 25-yard line.

The Giants were never really in the game after that.

A Brandon McManus 36-yard field goal and a 70-yard touchdown run by Melvin Gordon III following a drive-sustaining personal foul penalty on Azeez Ojulari closed out Denver’s scoring.

Stats

  • Daniel Jones went 22 of 37 for 261 yards and a touchdown.
  • Saquon Barkley carried 10 times for 26 yards and caught a pass for 1 yard.
  • Second-round pick Azeez Ojulari recorded his first NFL sack.
  • Logan Ryan had 11 tackles, a half-sack, two quarterback hits, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
  • Sterling Shepard had 7 catches for 113 yards, including a 37-yard score.

Big plays

The Giants did make a few.

  • Darius Slayton caught a 42-yard pass from Jones.
  • Shepard scored on a 37-yard catch and run in the second quarter.
  • Logan Ryan did this, temporarily saving a 7-3 lead for the Giants in the first half:

Injury updates

  • Jerry Jeudy of the Broncos left the game in the third quarter with a lower leg injury after catching a pass at the Giants’ 13-yard line and getting sandwiched between James Bradberry and Logan Ryan.

What’s next?

The 0-1 Giants have a quick turnaround. They travel to Landover, Md. to face the NFC East rival Washington Football Team on Thursday Night Football.