Week 3 Review: New York Giants Lose to San Francisco 49ers

The New York Giants were thoroughly dominated by the San Francisco 49ers and fall to 0-3 for the first time since 2017.

The Giants had only 231 total yards, and committed three turnovers alongside five penalties.

The 49ers started backup QB Nick Mullens, who had 343 yards and a TD. San Francisco had two rushing scores, with Jeff Wilson, Jr. and Jerick McKinnon hitting pay dirt, having started the season as the third and fourth running backs on the depth chart back in Week 1.

With three starters out on the 49ers defense, the Giants were still kept to single-digits for the first time since Week 15 of 2017 against the Tennessee Titans.

Joe Judge said after the game to the New York media, “We’ve got to come back and work… there is no magic formula.” Well, whatever formula the Giants used in Week 3, they need to discard it immediately.

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The first quarter possession time was dominated by the 49ers. They had two five-minute drives, both resulting in field goals.

The Giants’ lone drive ended after a Daniel Jones pitch intended for Evan Engram hit off his hand and ended up on the ground, recovered by DL Dion Jordan.

The next Giants drive resulted in three points, and the next 49ers drive ended with a missed 55-yard field goal by Robbie Gould.

After starting near midfield, Jones hit WR Darius Slayton for a 23-yard gain. The next three throws for Jones were incompletions, and New York again settled for three, which knotted up the score.

The 49ers then had their best drive of the day, going 75 yards in 12 plays, culminating with a 10-yard score by Jerick McKinnon. The Giants defense had forced a 3rd-and-22, but CB Darnay Holmes was called for illegal touching, which led to an automatic first down.

With 1:07 left in the first half, the Giants looked to even up the score. Jones, instead, was intercepted by Fred Warner, leading to the Niners’ fourth field goal conversion of the half.

The Giants started the second half on offense with their best drive of the game. Jones completed 4-of-7 throws and ran for 30 yards. New York converted on a 4th-and-2 after Jones found Evan Engram for nine yards.

However, a penalty again cost the Giants. Jones ran to the right for 16 yards and was face-masked, which should have placed the Giants in the red zone for the first time. It was called back after Slayton was nicked with a holding call, and the offsetting penalties reset the play.

Graham Gano knocked his third field goal through the uprights, which pulled the Giants within one possession. New York wouldn’t score again or run a play in 49ers territory.

It took eight plays for the 49ers to respond, as Brandon Aiyuk got a jet-sweep and went 19 yards untouched to put the score at 23-9.

Following that, the Giants faced a 4th-and-1 on their own 30 with under a minute left in the third quarter. A Jones rush attempt fell short after a substantial push from the 49ers front-seven.

San Francisco scored 14 more points, both touchdowns from Jeff Wilson, Jr. by air and ground. The Giants’ last offensive play was a Darius Slayton fumble.

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