Patriots’ placekicker Chad Ryland missed a 35-yard field goal attempt with :06 remaining that wold have forced overtime.
It was a cold, rainy afternoon in East Rutherford N.J., and a far cry from the classic games between the Giants and Patriots we all remember. This was a plodding and often ugly affair that could generously be called a “defensive struggle” that ultimately ended on a missed field goal as time expired.
In such a game it often comes down to which team makes the most mistakes, and in this case that was definitely the Patriots.
Feeding Jalin Hyatt
Rookie wide receiver had just 12 catches on 22 targets coming into Week 12, but he made a convincing argument for a bigger role for the remainder of the season with 5 catches (on 6 targets) for 109 yards against the Patriots. He was the Giants’ offensive spark in the first half, putting them in scoring range with a pair of deep catches on the first drive (before a turnover ended it). He then converted a third and long with some nifty footwork, leading to Isaiah Hodgins’ touchdown to give the Giants the 7-0 lead late in the second quarter.
They kept the momentum alive in the second half with a huge 41-yard reception on third-and-16.
The Giants didn’t faced what anyone would call “good” offense this week (although we could probably call it “offensive”), but the defense took advantage.
Mac Jones started for the Patriots after a week of intrigue in which Bill Belichick wouldn’t comment on whether he or Bailey Zappe would get the start. Jones was, frankly, horrendous, with miscommunications, erratic passes, and throws into double (and triple) coverage. The Giants took advantage with a forced fumble and a pair of interceptions in the first half, the second of which eventually lead to their scoring drive.
Zappe was a bit better, but he struggled reading the Giants’ intricate defense as well, leading to a drive-killing interception of his own.
Deonte Banks, Bobby Okereke, and Xavier McKinney all had interceptions, while Kayvon Thibodeaux and Cam Brown had forced fumbles.
The Giants have feasted on sloppy offenses lately, with 34 points coming off of turnovers over the last two weeks.
- Tommy DeVito: 17 of 25 (68.0 percent) for 191 yards, 1 touchdowns
- Saquon Barkley: 12 carries for 46 yards
- Jalin Hyatt: 5 catches for 109 yards
- Wan’Dale Robinson: 4 catches for 26 yards
- Isaiah Hodgins: 1 catches for 12 yards, 1 touchdown
- Darius Slayton: 2 catches for 16 yards
- RB Jashaun Corbin
- S Gervarrius Owens
- DL/OLB Boogie Basham
- OT Evan Neal
- iDL Dexter Lawrence
Nothing! The Giants ( finally get their bye week after an interminable 12-week wait. The team will try to get healthier, and are hoping to get Tyrod Taylor, Dexter Lawrence, Darren Waller, and Darius Slayton back from injury for the final stretch of the season.
The Giants will face the Green Bay Packers (5-6) in Week 14.