Saquon Barkley
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The Giants were trying to get themselves a Week 1 victory for the first time since 2016 and the offense did the best they could to make it happen.

As time dwindled down in the fourth quarter, Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley helped New York march down the field to punch the ball into the end zone. Trailing 20-19, head coach Brian Daboll made a decision to go for the lead instead of playing for the tie.

It paid off:

Talk about a gutsy play in your first game as head coach, right? This was one of those calls that’ll be remembered regardless of the result. If it was unsuccessful, it’d probably haunt Daboll for the remainder of his tenure in New York. But since it was successful, it’ll be heralded as a terrific move.

The Giants’ defense did their best to try and hand the Titans this victory right back. Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill moved the ball down the field with the help of a couple of New York penalties, setting up what seemed to be an easy game-winning field goal attempt.

That wasn’t the case, as the ball sailed wide to the left, giving the Giants back a victory they didn’t expect to celebrate. What a way to finish Week 1, and a definite momentum-builder for the squad heading into a Week 2 matchup at home against the Carolina Panthers.

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