For the first time in recent years, the New York Giants move into first place with a 19-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Though Daniel Jones exited the game with a hamstring injury, the defense held Brandon Allen and the Bengals’ offense to 155 total yards.
The New York Giants received 1st half kickoff, which meant the Cincinnati Bengals would receive in the second half. Short passes to Wayne Gallman and Sterling Shepard began to move the Giants downfield. A 53-yard pass play to Evan Engram set the Giants up in opposing territory, inside the Cincinnati five-yard line. Gallman put the Giants on the board with a one-yard rushing touchdown on 4th down. With Graham Gano making the extra point, Big Blue took a 7-0 lead.
Brandon Allen and the Cincy offense did not get a chance to go on the field after the Gallman touchdown, as Brandon Wilson returned a 103-yard kick for a touchdown. With an extra point by Randy Bullock, the score became tied at seven.
After two unsuccessful drives by each team, the Giants looked like they found a rhythm on their first drive in the second quarter. Passes to Sterling Shepard and C.J. Board for nine and eleven yards juiced the drive with momentum. The Giants looked to have a big downfield pass to Evan Engram for 18-yards. Unfortunately, while trying to reach for extra yards, Engram fumbled and safety Vonn Bell returned the ball 28 yards to the Cincinnati 45 yard line.
Short passes by Brandon Allen and short runs by Allen and Giovani Bernard eased the Bengals into Giants’ territory. A pass interference penalty on Cethan Carter moved the Bengals back. However, a 10-yard pass to Tee Higgins moved Cincinnati back into field goal territory. Randy Bullock’s 44-yard field goal put the Bengals on top 10-7.
A 16-yard pass to Sterling Shepard, before the two-minute warning, jumpstarted the Giants’ revenge drive. Short passes to Golden Tate and Evan Engram kept the drive alive in Bengals’ territory. Graham Gano ended the drive with a 49-yard field goal, tying the game at 10.
After a Kevin Huber punt, Wayne Gallman started off the first Giants’ drive in the second half with a 16-yard run that got the Giants out from inside their own 10-yard line. Daniel Jones threw a 44-yard deep pass to Evan Engram setting up the Giants with even better field position. Engram made up for his fumble in the second quarter. Unfortunately, Daniel Jones injured his hamstring on the drive and Colt McCoy took over. The drive ended in another Graham Gano field goal, making the score 13-10 Giants.
Two unsuccessful drives for each team followed the Gano field goal. A fake punt on 4th down snapped to safety Shawn Williams spiked the offensive momentum for the Cincinnati Bengals. Unfortunately, the momentum deflated with an interception from Dartmouth free agent Niko Lalos.
Coming off the interception, Graham Gano kicked another field goal to end the drive, putting the Bengals down by six.
Following two unsuccessful drives by each ballclub, the Bengals were pinned deep in their own territory. Though a pass to Drew Sample started pulling them out, Logan Ryan knocked out the football after Sample made a second consecutive catch, creating another Giants’ turnover.
With not much offensive production under the helm of Colt McCoy, Gano was forced to make a fourth field goal on the day, extending the lead to nine. (19-10 Giants)
Down by two scores with less than four minutes remaining, Brandon Allen and the Cincinnati Bengals were determined to cut into the Giants’ lead. After a 5-yard pass to Tyler Boyd, Allen threw an 18-yard splash play to Tee Higgins, setting Cincinnati up further in New York territory. After a 16-yard run by Giovani Bernard, Leonard Williams was called for a roughing the passer penalty, advancing the Bengals half the distance to the goal line. Two plays later, Darnay Holmes was called for pass interference, which set up the Bengals at the goal line. Tee Higgins caught the 1st offensive touchdown for the Bengals and with the extra point try successful, the Giants only led by two points. (19-17 Giants)
After the two minute warning with no timeouts for the Bengals, a rollout pass from Colt McCoy to Wayne Gallman closed the book. However, a holding penalty on Cameron Fleming backed the Giants up ten yards and New York punted on 4th down.
A 29-yard punt return by Alex Erickson put the Cincinnati Bengals at the 50-yard line. Unfortunately for the Bengals, Jabaal Sheard strip-sacked Brandon Allen, and Leonard Williams recovered the fumble. This secured the Giants’ fourth win of 2020.
The New York Giants move into first place in the NFC East with a 4-7 record. They will stay in 1st place if the Philadelphia Eagles lose to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football. Daniel Jones is going for an MRI tomorrow on his hamstring. New York hopes to have him back for next week’s matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.
The Cincinnati Bengals plunge to 2-8-1 and remain in last place in the AFC North. They will face the Miami Dolphins in Miami next week.