New Orleans Saints v New York Giants
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After a strong first drive that ended on a Sterling Shepard touchdown, later struggles from the New York Giants offense led to another loss.

Geoff Magliocchetti

Alvin Kamara scored three touchdowns, part of a 181-yard day on the ground and in the air, and the New Orleans Saints escaped MetLife Stadium with a 33-18 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon.

For the second consecutive week, the Giants got off to a strong offensive start, embarking on a 10-play, 75-hard drive after the Saints tallied just one yard on their first possession. The last play created the first points of the afternoon, a two-yard Eli Manning strike to Sterling Shepard that gave the Giants a 7-0 lead.

Faced with the gargantuan task of containing the Saints offense, Giants defenders did their job in the early going. However, the course of the game might’ve been forever altered with the antics of New Orleans’ backup quarterback turned special teams specialist Taysom Hill.

After forcing the Saints into another punt, the Giants’ celebration was short lived, as Hill, working as a personal protector, faked a hand off and got a 10-yard pass to Justin Hardee to keep the drive alive.

New Orleans would open the second quarter and finish their drive with a 42-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-3.

After more special teams centered-drama, with the Giants punting and the Saints notching a field goal, a Wayne Gallman fumble recovered by Marcus Lattimore set the Saints up 11 yards from the goal line. While Giants were able to limit the Saints to yet another Will Lutz field goal, his third of the afternoon.

With his third triple giving the Saints a 9-7 lead, momentum was firmly in the New Orleans corner and that’s where it would stay. The Saints would add one more field goal before the half let out, a 12-7 lead becoming 19-7 when Alvin Kamara took a snap from Hill into the end zone, totaling nine yards.

The Giants were able to earn an Aldrick Rosas field goal in the second but further offensive momentum was hard to come by. Former Jet Demario Davis made the most of his East Rutherford homecoming, sacking Manning twice in the victory and undobutedly rubbing salt in the Sunday wound for fans of New York’s green team.

The Saints wound up putting further points on the board with Kamara’s second touchdown of the day, extending the ball on a second effort to put them up 26-10.

The Giants, however, finally generated some buzz in the stands with a matching 10-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a wallpaper-worthy Saquon Barkley dove from three yards out, in a Jordan-esque leap. Manning would find Shepard to cut the lead to 26-18.

The Giants had one last gasp of hope when Ted Ginn muffed the ensuing kickoff, setting the Saints up in the shadow of their own end zone, but a quick Drew Brees pass to Cameron Meredith, good for 20 yards, put them back in control.

The Giants had one more chance to stop the Saints, but a Donte Deayon pass interference call on a third-down incompletion allowed the Saints to run the clock out, doing so with a healthy dose of Kamara rushes, his last being his final touchdown of the game, this one coming from 49 yards out.

New York hits the road next week, taking on the Carolina Panthers.

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