The New York Giants lost their third game of the season today against the San Francisco 49ers. A team that was riddled with injuries before this game, coming out of last week.
Nothing seemed to work for the Giants this week, as this game felt as nothing has changed in terms of the style and gameplay. Here’s the breakdown of each quarter:
The San Francisco 49ers started off the kickoff drive with a 3rd down conversion, something that has bit the Giants all year. That conversion was a Nick Mullens pass to Trent Taylor for 20 yards. Blake Martinez got a sack a few plays later and the 49ers finished out their drive with a 52-yard field goal from former Giant kicker Robbie Gould.
Consequently, the Giants started their drive with a bad attempt at some trickery. Daniel Jones attempted to toss the ball to tight end Evan Engram, but unfortunately, Engram could not handle the football, and 49ers defensive end Dion Jordan recovered the ball. The Giants defense kept the 49ers to another field goal at the end of that drive.
Going into the 2nd quarter, the Giants got the football back from the kickoff, spurring from the Robbie Gould field goal. With a pass to Kaden Smith and a 19-yard run by Daniel Jones, the team moved into 49ers’ territory. However, they only were able to convert a 52-yard field goal.
San Francisco went downfield the next drive spurred by a couple of short passes to Kyle Jusczyk and Ross Dwelley. Robbie Gould missed the 55-yard field goal try at the end of the drive. The Giants took the field position as a gift, as Big Blue took advantage of a 49ers’ offside with a free play. That free play being a 23-yard back-shoulder throw to Darius Slayton.
With 7 minutes and 25 seconds left to go, the 49ers propelled a clock-killing offensive drive downfield. On their way downfield, defensive lineman Leonard Williams collected his second sack of the year on Nick Mullens. However, that proved to be a waste. The next play, on a 3rd and 22, rookie cornerback Darnay Holmes was called for an illegal contact penalty. The penalty resulted in a first down. With a 20-yard and 14-yard passes to Ross Dwelley propelling the 49ers into the red zone, Jerick McKinnon rushed for an 11-yard touchdown to give the 49ers the lead, 13-6.
Attempting to get revenge and score, with 55 seconds left, Daniel Jones was intercepted by 49ers linebacker Fred Warner. The pass was intended for Engram.
The 49ers took the field as the Giants’ defense held them to another field goal. The final score at halftime was 16-6 49ers.
Many hoped that the Giants would change their style of play after a Joe Judge halftime speech. However, whatever he said did not work.
The Giants proved that the lack offense had worn them out as the San Francisco defense worked the clock and went downfield. Nick Mullens passed to rookie wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk three times for 39 yards. Mullens and the offense bluffed the defense as they pulled some trickery on an end-around to Aiyuk that resulted in a touchdown. The 49ers raised the score to 23-9.
The next drive started with a sack by Kerry Hyder, that right tackle Cameron Fleming gave up. However, on the next play, the Giants took advantage of a holding penalty by cornerback Jason Verrett. C.J. Board made a nice catch on third down for nine yards. The Giants failed to convert on 4th down. Simply because the 49ers lined up as if they knew the play that was coming. That being a QB Sneak.
Accumulating the negative energy from the failed 4th down, the Giants showed a lack of effort on a pass to running back Jeff Wilson which resulted in a 49ers touchdown, making the score 29-6. The failed snap by long-snapper Kyle Nelson resulted in a failed extra-point attempt.
With only one first down on the next drive, Joe Judge made a controversial decision. He sent Riley Dixon out to punt, while the score was 29-9.
The Giants pinned San Francisco inside the eight yard-line. The defense did not keep up as passes to Kendrick Bourne and Jeff Wilson wore out the defense and chewed the clock. San Francisco went 92 yards on 15 plays, as their drive ended in a 2-yard Jeff Wilson rushing touchdown. The score increased to 36-9.
Trying to score some garbage time points, Daniel Jones threw a 10-yard pass to Dion Lewis and two plays later a 19-yard pass to Damion Ratley. After the two minute warning, Jones threw a 22-yard pass to Darius Slayton. Only for Slayton to fumble in which the 49ers recovered it. The San Francisco 49ers kneeled out the clock and took the win, 36-9.
The New York Giants regressed in some categories in this game. Their defense did not try after multiple missed opportunities by the offense. The turnovers lowered the positive momentum going into each drive. The chunk plays were not eliminated. The San Francisco 49ers dominated the time of possession by 19 minutes.
The Giants will need to address the second cornerback, second inside linebacker, and safety position wisely. The 49ers found Isaac Yiadom towards the end of the game, Nate Ebner did not do well on defensive snaps, and Devante Downs did not have much positive impact on the game either.
Jabrill Peppers left the game with an ankle injury which is why Ebner was on the field longer than anticipated. Downs disappointed in the snaps he played in the last three games, making fans miss Ryan Connelly. Yiadom and Ballentine’s struggles could make Dave Gettleman regret targeting a second cornerback after the Deandre Baker departure.
Big Blue goes to Los Angeles next week to face the Rams (2-1), who just lost to the Buffalo Bills. Aaron Donald will be an ultimate challenge to a growing offensive line.