New York Giants

Once again, the New York Giants had a chance to notch a key win. Once again, they’ve found a way to lose a game and possibly their chances at the playoffs.

New York Jets 23 (7-5)
New York Giants 20 (5-7)
NFL, Final Game Box Score
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

By Jeff Weisinger

With a chance to get back into the NFC playoff hunt, Big Blue squandered a 10-point lead late in the second half, allowing the New York Jets to come back and win 23-20 in overtime.

Josh Brown saw his perfect-season end as he missed a 48-yard field goal in overtime that would’ve extended the extra frame after the Jets took the first possession and scored a field goal earlier.

The Giants blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter after head coach Tom Coughlin decided to have his team go for it on a fourth down-and-two inside the Jets five yard-line. Eli Manning threw an interception to Rontez Miles and the Jets began their rally. The drive killed a 17-play drive that took over 11 minutes off of the clock and, with a field goal, could’ve essentially ended the game, forcing the Jets to have to score two touchdowns instead of just a field goal and a touchdown, which they nearly perfectly did.

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Jets on a 10-play, 71-yard drive, throwing the game-tying score to Brandon Marshall on a fade route against Prince Amukamara. Marshall effectively boxed out Amukamara on the easy pass for six.

Once again the Giants offense got off to a slow start, punting on their first two possessions before Dwayne Harris sparked the second quarter with his 80-yard punt return for a touchdown to put the Giants up 7-3 in the opening minutes of the second.

The Giants had an opportunity to go up big in the second quarter after the Giants defense, who had a good start to the game, recovered a Chris Ivory fumble at the Jets 21-yard-line. However the offense continued to sputter, going three-and-out and settling for a Josh brown field goal to go up just 10-3. Big Blue almost had a touchdown pass from Manning to Hakeem Nicks on that drive, however Nicks ran his route just short of the goal line on second down and caught the ball just inches shy of the end zone. Andre Williams was stuffed up the middle on the third down play.

Manning finished the day with 297 yards in the air and a touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr., who continues to break records, notching his fifth 100-yard receiving game of the season (his fourth straight), a Giants single-season franchise record. Beckham pulled away for a 72-yard touchdown catch late in the second quarter.

With the Giants now sitting at 5-7 and on the outside looking in, they’ll need to win out the rest of their schedule and look for a little help to sneak into the NFC Wild Card. For starters, they’ll need the Redskins to lose at Dallas on Monday night, a game that’ll push them also to 5-7 if the Cowboys can pull it off.

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