What was supposed to be a festive day for the giants honoring their past turned into bitter failure and a reminder that their present is appalling.
Younghoe Koo kicked a 40-yard field goal as time ran out to give Atlanta a 17-14 victory over the Giants at MetLife Stadium. It was a game in which the Giants had several chances to hack the win — they kicked two field goals in the first half after goal-to-go situations and dropped a wicket in the final zone in the fourth quarter — but could not escape their own missteps. It was the second game in a row that the Giants lost on a last-second field goal.
Equally important was the loss of several key players: Blake Martinez, Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton all left the match with injuries in the first half.
On a day when the Giants retired Eli Manning No. 10 at halftime ceremonies, they took a 14-7 lead with 12:53 left in the fourth as Saquon Barkley crowd surfed into the final zone for a 1-yard win, his first touchdown. since 2019. He took off from the 3 and rode on top of the mass of blockages at the border line. The Giants went to two and Daniel Jones scored it on a goalkeeper, lowered his shoulder and ran over 305-pound defensive lineman Grady Jarrett.
The Falcons responded with a 15-play drive that ended with their own 1-yard touchdown, but it was not the scoring game that judged the Giants on that drive. They allowed a third-and-8 conversion from Atlanta 30, Logan Ryan missed a couple of tackles and picked up a pass interference penalty in the end zone against Kyle Pitts, but perhaps most expensive was the dropped interception in the end zone, which Adoree ‘Jackson could not handle. that would have gone a long way towards sealing a win with 5:01 left. Instead, Matt Ryan found Lee Smith on a play-action pass from 1 with 4:13 left, and the Falcons equalized it to 14.
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