The Giants were inside the Bears’ ten-yard line, down four with four seconds left to play. QB Daniel Jones dropped back, rolled out, and tried to fit in a ball into a window for Golden Tate. Tate was charged with offensive pass interference after a push-off and time expired.
Early on, it didn’t seem likely the final play would determine the game.
Chicago’s offense picked up where they left off on in Detroit, and had a 12-play, 82-yard opening drive that resulted in a 32-yard David Montgomery touchdown.
The Giants’ opening drive was as bad as it gets: Daniel Jones was sacked and fumbled, his first fumble of 2020. However, the Bears only mustered a field goal after starting the drive on the Giants’ 20-yard line.
On the next Giants drive, Saquon Barkley appeared to injure his arm, then on the following drive, may have torn his ACL after being tackled by Eddie Jackson and left the game. That possession would end with a Jones interception in Bears territory, due to an impressive read from Deon Bush.
The Bears tacked on a touchdown before the half, after their second third-down conversion of the drive, in which Mitchell Trubisky found rookie Darnell Mooney in the end zone after gaining separation from Corey Ballantine.
The Giants’ final drive of the half consisted of two good throws from Jones, leading to a 57-yard field goal attempt for Graham Gano that failed.
In the second half, The Giants’ defense shored up, allowing no points, while adjustments were made offensively by New York.
The next drive was the best from Big Blue — an 11-play, 95-yard possession in which Jones completed 7-of-9 pass attempts and one rush, concluding with a Dion Lewis one-yard rushing touchdown on 4th-and-goal. Lewis had ten rushes for 20 yards, filling in for Saquon Barkley.
With 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Giants were down seven. Trubisky would throw another interception after yet another impressive play from James Bradberry, who ripped it from Allen Robinson along the sideline. Robinson was held to three receptions for 33 yards.
With Saquon Barkley sidelined, the Giants conducted a ten-play drive consisting of only passes; it finished with three incompletions from Jones and a Gano field goal — one of ten times the Giants failed to convert on third down. The final drive saw the Giants fail to convert three times on third-down. Daniel Jones finished with 241 yards and one interception, going 25-of-40 through the air.
After a first half in which the New York Giants were shut out, lost their star running back, and had their quarterback commit two turnovers, a near-comeback was admirable.
This Giants team, unlike previous years, didn’t roll over, and made offensive adjustments, while the defense (especially the secondary) gave the offense a chance to win.
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