Several players stepped up for the New York Giants on Monday night in their 27-23 victory over the San Francisco 49ers at Levi Stadium.

Jason Leach

Thanks to a second-half surge by the offense and a last-second stop by the defense, the New York Giants won their second game of the season in defeating the San Francisco 49ers, 27-23, on Monday Night Football.

The Giants fought back after being down 20-10 with 8:09 remaining in the third quarter following a Nick Mullens 11-yard touchdown pass to Matt Breida, but Corey Coleman ran back the ensuing kickoff 51 yards to the Giants 47-yard line which sparked the team.

The Giants outscored the 49ers 17-3 the remainder of the game and Eli Manning earned his 36th game-winning drive in the fourth quarter by leading the Giants on a nine-play, 75-yard drive culminating in a three-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard with 53 seconds remaining of the game.


It was a total team effort. The offense, defense, and special teams all made plays when it mattered most. But several players stood out most and deserved game balls.

1. Odell Beckham Jr.

Earlier in the week, Odell Beckham Jr. promised that he would have a big game, and he delivered catching four passes for 73 yards and two touchdowns. Beckham dropped an easy slant pass on the first play of the game and became the Giants most reliable offensive weapon.

He also drew a key 16-yard pass interference penalty on Ahkello Witherspoon on a 2nd-and-20 on the Giants final drive that gave the Giants the ball on the 49ers 35-yard line.

2. Eli Manning

New York Giants Eli Manning
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Manning has come under fire this year more than at any point in his 15-year career. Some thought Monday’s game could be his final start, but Manning silenced his critics and showed his clutch gene again on the final drive.

He completed 19 out of 31 passes for 188 yards and a season high three touchdown passes. He did underthrow Beckham on what could have been a touchdown on the Giants next to last possession of the game, but he made up for it on the last drive.

3. B.J. Goodson

B.J. Goodson picked up the first two interception of his career on Monday night at pivotal moments in the game

His first interception setup the Giants first touchdown of the game as he caught a pass that was deflected by Janoris Jenkins, and ran it back to the 49ers 12-yard line. Three plays later, Manning connected with Beckham on their first touchdown to give the Giants a 7-3 lead.

His second interception came on the first play of the fourth quarter when the 49ers were at midfield on a pass that was tipped by Marquise Goodwin. Goodson also collected six tackles.

4. Saquon Barkley

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Although he didn’t have any big plays on the night, Saquon Barkley once again tallied 100 all-purpose yards. He gained 67 yards on the ground on a season high 20 carries. Most of the yardage he got on his own, as often he needed to avoid defenders in the backfield.

He also had four receptions for 33 yards including a key 23-yard reception on the final drive.

The New York Giants will now look to win their first home game of the season as they take on the Tampa Buccaneers on Sunday.

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