Week 12 Review: New York Giants Defeat the Cincinnati Bengals

The New York Giants won their third game in a row defeating the Cincinnati Bengals, 19-17, and are now first in the NFC East with a 4-7 record.

The victory was the first one against an AFC team with Daniel Jones as the starter, although he did not finish the game after being pulled in the third quarter due to a hamstring strain.

It was the seventh game this season with at least 100 rushing yards, and the defense only allowed one touchdown.

The game was sealed after the Giants’ third forced turnover, as Jabaal Sheard stripped Brandon Allen, and the ball was jumped on by Leonard Williams.

The first drive of the game was quick work for the Giants, as Daniel Jones found Evan Engram for a 53-yard pass down the right sideline, followed by four straight runs by Wayne Gallman from inside the four, with the last one being a score.

Cincinnati responded right away as Brandon Wilson took the first Giants kickoff 103 yards to knot up the game.

The next drive for both teams resulted in a punt. A false start from Kevin Zeitler hindered the Giants, while a Leonard Williams sack created 3rd-and-long for the Bengals.

The first New York drive of the second quarter saw two third-down conversions and a one-yard Jones run to convert on fourth down at the CIN 34.

The next play was an 18-yard completion to Evan Engram who, on the way down, had the ball punched out by Vonn Bell.

The return from Bell set up the Bengals near midfield, Allen completed 4-of-5 passes, but a pass interference call halted the drive and resulted in a 44-yard field goal from Randy Bullock.

The following drive started with 3:32 left in the second quarter, as the Giants converted two third-down drives but couldn’t convert on the third go-around. Graham Gano hit the equalizer with 20 seconds remaining.

The second half began with a quick three-and-out by the Bengals offense, but a successful punt placed the Giants at their own six-yard line.

The fourth play of the drive saw another big play connection between Jones and Engram for 44 yards.

The next play saw a Jones run up the middle for seven yards to bring the Giants near the red-zone. He came up hobbling, and two plays later after a two-yard completion to Gallman, was helped off the field.

Colt McCoy was brought in but couldn’t convert a first down, and the Giants again settled for three.

Both teams’ next drive concluded with a punt, with Jones trying one more play but again was tepid in throwing and replaced this time permanently by McCoy.

Cincinnati prolonged their next drive with a fake punt converted on fourth down. Three plays later, though, a Brandon Allen pass was tipped by Darnay Holmes and caught by a diving Niko Lalos, who made his NFL debut.

The fourth quarter started with the Giants with great field position, but again, New York had to kick, as Gano hit his third of the day from 39 yards.

The next two Bengals drives saw an offensive holding call stall the first and a fumble end the second. With under five minutes, the Giants had the ball inside the red zone with a chance to ice it.

Instead, three straight runs couldn’t move the sticks, and Gano booted his fourth field goal.

With a slim chance, Cincinnati started at their own 28 with 3:49 remaining and drove down in seven plays, helped along by a Leonard Williams roughing the passer call, and a Darnay Holmes pass interference penalty.

Tee Higgins finished the drive with a one-yard touchdown grab to put Cincinnati down two.

The Giants needed just one first down again to end the game with a two-minute warning and Cincinnati’s lone remaining timeout.

Instead, a third-down conversion was brought back due to an offensive holding by Cam Fleming, and the Bengals got the ball back with 57 seconds left. The Giants forced their third and final turnover to mercifully end the game.

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