Thu, 22 Oct 2020

Michael Eisen

AT A GLANCE

The Giants made a stirring comeback on Sunday but came up one play short. Facing a 17-point deficit after a scoreless first half, the Giants rallied to within 17-13 against the Chicago Bears in Solider Field. On the game's final possession, they drove from their own 40 to the Bears' 10-yard line. But with four seconds remaining, Daniel Jones threw into the end zone for Golden Tate, who was penalized for offensive pass interference, ending the game. The Giants fell to 0-2 for the fourth consecutive season and the seventh time in the last eight years - despite outscoring Chicago in the second half, 13-0.

UP NEXT

The Giants return home to play the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT. The Giants and 49ers have split their last four games dating back to 2014, with each team winning once at home and once on the road. They last faced each other on Monday night, Nov. 12, 2018 in Santa Clara, where Eli Manning's three-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard with 53 seconds remaining in the game capped a 75-yard drive and gave the Giants a 27-23 victory. The teams split two games in MetLife in 2014 and 2015. How close is this series? The teams have met 41 times combined in the regular season and postseason. The Giants have 21 victories, the 49ers have 20. In those 41 games, they are separated by only five points (Giants 843, 49ers 838).

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE

The NFL gods do not want the Giants to play with their full complement of offensive playmakers. For the first time since in the two seasons they've all been with the Giants, Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate and Evan Engram. By halftime, they had lost both Barkley (knee) and Shepard (toe).

The Giants' offense was resilient. In the first half, the Giants ran only 22 plays and owned the ball for just under 10 minutes. But trailing by 14 and playing without two key players, the offense put together a 95-yard drive that ended with Dion Lewis' one-yard touchdown run, his first score with the Giants, that cut the Giants' deficit to 17-10 early in the fourth quarter.

The Giants' 95-yard touchdown drive spanning the third and fourth quarters was their longest since they put together a 97-yarder - on their previous visit to Soldier Field, on Nov. 24, 2019.

Daniel Jones committed two early turnovers, throwing an interception and losing a fumble in the first half. That gave Jones four turnovers in two games.

The Giants caught a break when Eddie Jackson's 54-yard interception return touchdown was taken off the board because of a pass interference penalty - committed by Jackson on the intended receiver, Kaden Smith. The Giants then continued a drive that ended with Graham Gano's 37-yard field goal, cutting their deficit to 17-13.

Lewis, forced to play a big role in Barkley's absence, rushed for 20 yards on 10 carries, caught four passes for 36 yards and scored the Giants' only touchdown.

Tight end Evan Engram came on strong in the second half. Held without a catch in the first two quarters, he finished with team-high totals of six catches for 65 yards.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE

The Giants can generate a pass rush from many sources. In the first half, linebackers Kyler Fackrell and Lorenzo Carter and defensive tackle B.J. Hill all picked up their first sacks of the season. It was Fackrell's first sack with the Giants.

Safety Julian Love picked up the Giants' first defensive takeaway of the season when he intercepted a Mitch Trubinsky pass to Allen Robinson that was tipped by James Bradberry. Love returned the ball 13 yards to the Chicago 25, leading to a Giants field goal.

Cornerback James Bradberry's first Giant interception was spectacular. With his back to Trubinsky, Bradberry stole the ball from Robinson and stayed inbounds directly in front of the Giants' bench area.

Linebacker Blake Martinez played another strong game. He led the Giants in tackles for the second week in a row with eight (six solo) and registered a sack.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT SPECIAL TEAMS

Perhaps Graham Gano has lost just a little bit of leg strength. Two years ago, he kicked a game-winning 63-yard field goal for Carolina, the longest three-point ever against the Giants. On the final play of the half, he attempted a 57-yarder that would have tied the Giants' franchise record but the ball landed short and left. Gano did kick a 39-yard field goal in the third quarter and an 37-yarder in the fourth.

Riley Dixon booted a perfect 59-yard punt that was almost downed at the one by Brandon Williams. But the Bears took possession at their 25 because Williams was penalized five yards for illegal touching.

INJURY REPORT:

NYG: Saquon Barkley, one of the Giants' very best and most important players, left the game after hurting his right knee on a six-yard run on the first play of the second quarter. Barkley put no weight on his leg as he was helped to the bench. He was soon carted to off the field and underwent X-rays. The Giants announced only that he would not return to the game and will undergo further evaluation tomorrow.

Wide receiver Sterling Shepard suffered a left toe injury late in the first half and did not return. He came out of the locker room at the start of the second half, but quickly returned.

CHI: RB David Montgomery, who scored the game's first touchdown, left the game with a head injury but returned.

INACTIVES

NYG: The Giants' seven-man inactive list included four players who participated in the Pittsburgh game: running back Wayne Gallman, tight end Eric Tomlinson, defensive back Adrian Colbert (quad) and rookie linebacker Carter Coughlin (hamstring). Defensive tackle RJ McIntosh, tackle Jackson Barton and rookie backer TJ Brunson were inactive for the second week in a row.

CHI: Wide receivers Ted Ginn, Jr. and Riley Ridley, defensive back Duke Shelley, inside linebacker Josh Woods, outside linebacker Trevis Gipson and guard Arlington Hambright. The Bears had a 54-man roster - one less player than the Giants - because linebacker Josh Woods (personal) was ruled out of the game prior to kickoff.

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