Week 8 Review: New York Giants Lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The New York Giants lost by 10 or fewer points for the sixth time in eight games as they came up short, 25-23, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Giants are 10-30 in their last 40 games and 1-7 this season, 4-16 with Daniel Jones as the starter. Jones has had at least one turnover in 19-of-20 starts.

With 3:34 left, the Giants started from their 30-yard line, down eight points. They would convert two fourth-down conversions, and Daniel Jones finished off the drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate with 28 seconds left.

The two-point conversion attempt, if successful, would have tied the game in regulation and forced overtime.

The play was designed for Dion Lewis, but broken up by rookie Antoine Winfield, Jr. A penalty flag for pass interference was picked up, and the Giants didn’t recover the onside kick.

The Buccaneers’ opening drive didn’t see a negative play, with only one for no gain โ€” a throw in the end zone intended for Jaydon Mickens that was high as the Bucs put up three.

The Giants’ first possession saw a trick play as Jones found Golden Tate, who threw cross-field to Wayne Gallman, turning upfield for a gain of 18.

The next third down โ€” this time, in Tampa territory โ€” was a missed throw from Jones, who couldn’t connect with Darius Slayton down the left sideline, one of many Jones throws intended for Slayton, who had five receptions for 56 yards but was targeted nine times.

The following Buccaneers drive, Brady found Ronald Jones, but the ball then found the fist of Blake Martinez and was recovered by Darnay Holmes.

With starting field position at the Tampa 12, Jones connected with Dion Lewis for a score.

The second quarter began with New York up, 7-3, and facing a 3rd-and-4 at the Giants 23. Jones would get Devin White to jump offsides and continue the drive.

They entered Tampa territory, helped along by three carries for 15 yards by Alfred Morris, who was elevated from the practice squad and finished with eight rushes for 28 yards.

The Giants faced another third down, but this time, Jones took a sack to put the ball from the 30 to 41 and out of field goal range.

New York’s defense responded with a sack on 3rd-and-10, with the Bucs near midfield as Leonard Williams got to Brady. Williams has three sacks on the season, tied with Kyler Fackrell for the team lead.

On the last Giants drive of the first half, Jones went 4-of-6 for 48 yards, and Wayne Gallman had four rushes for 29 yards, including a two-yard gain that found paydirt.

With 1:40 left, Brady and the Bucs went to work, with four completions for 44 yards in 38 seconds. The Giants held strong on 3rd-and-1, as Logan Ryan tackled Mike Evans short of the first-down marker.

Tampa again settled for three, down 14-6 at the half.

The Giants started with the ball in the second half. Jones’ first throw found a maroon jersey, as he faced pressure and forced a throw intended for Sterling Shepard but caught by Carlton Davis. Jones had Slayton wide open after a double move but didn’t identify it.

The Bucs started their first drive at their 42 and converted a key fourth-down after Brady spotted Mickens after rolling out of pressure.

The drive ended again with three, though, after Dalvin Tomlinson deflected a ball going to Scotty Miller.

Ryan Succop hit from 43 yards out, going 4-for-4 on the night.

The Buccaneers’ next drive finally resulted in six, after Mickens forced a pass interference by James Bradberry and then was followed up by Brady hitting Rob Gronkowski for the 93rd time.

That touchdown broke a tie with Steve Young and Jerry Rice for the second-most by a QB-receiver combo in NFL history.

The two-point conversion was unsuccessful, but Tampa gained their first lead, 15-14.

The Giants answered with a 10-play, 56-yard drive that resulted in three after a Nick Gates holding penalty on first down, stalled the drive after the Giants entered the red zone.

Giants.com / Bill Kostroun (AP)

The fourth quarter began with New York up 17-15.

After a three-and-out by the Bucs, the Giants took over at their own 43. This drive, like the first of the third quarter, culminated in an interception, another forced throw by Jones into the arms of Sean Murphy-Bunting.

Unlike the first interception, the Bucs turned the following drive into six after a six-play, 66-yard sprint, helped along by Issac Yiadom lowering the head to initiate contact on Cameron Brate for a penalty, and finished off with a fade route by Mike Evans and stellar ball placement from Brady.

The Giants would go three-and-out for the first time all game, allowing the Bucs to possess the ball with just under seven minutes remaining.

After reaching the Giants 29 on a questionable pass interference call on Bradberry, the Giants stopped three Leonard Fournette runs, burning all three timeouts, and kept the Bucs again to three.

This left 3:34 on the clock, with the Giants down eight, again with the ball in their court, needing a score and a conversion in which the former came but the latter didn’t.

Daniel Jones went 25-of-41 for 256 yards, 2 TDs, and 2 INTs. Sterling Shepard had eight receptions for 74 yards while Jabrill Peppers led New York with 10 tackles.

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