Giants-Seahawks ‘things on my mind’: The familiar scenario failed the Giants on Sunday
Through its first seven games, the New York Giants lived by keeping games close going into the fourth quarter, playing good football and capitalizing on opponents’ mistakes down the stretch to win.
Sunday vs Seattle Seahawks The Giants followed the first part of their formula. They fell behind, as they have in every game this season. They kept the game close, falling behind by a field goal in the fourth quarter.
However, they could not follow the final part of the script. On Sunday, it was the Giants who made the late mistakes — including a Richie James fumble that led to the Seahawks’ final touchdown.
Here are some ‘things on my mind’ after Sunday’s game.
Live and die by the fourth quarter
Through the first seven games, the Giants were +36 in the fourth quarter, outscoring their opponents 58-22. The only game in which they were better in the fourth quarter was a week 3 loss to Dallas Cowboyswhen they were outscored 10-3.
On Sunday against Seattle, the Giants were down 14-3 in the fourth quarter.
The Giants watched as Tyler Lockett atone for an earlier dropped touchdown pass by beating Adoree’ Jackson and Xavier McKinney for a 33-yard score that gave Seattle a 20-13 lead. They watched as James fumbled on his second drive, leading to a Kenneth Walker touchdown with 5:22 to play that put the game out of reach.
The Giants couldn’t find their groove in the fourth quarter on offense. They had 12 plays and only got a Graham Gano field goal. They went three and out after a Lockett touchdown.
“We just didn’t do enough today. Again, give credit to Seattle,” head coach Brian Daboll said. “It’s tough, the ball is important, we’ve got to take better care of it, we’ve got to do a better job of executing and finishing drives, converting some third downs especially early in the game.”
It’s the Giants’ turn to make key mistakes
James’ two fumbles cost the Giants 10 points, not to mention taking away two possessions from the Giants’ offense.
“Taking care of the ball is one of our main goals and obviously we didn’t do that and then they got the ball in good field position,” Daboll said. “You turn the ball over on your side of the court, it’s hard.”
James’ misses weren’t the only ones the Giants made on Sunday. James’ 42-yard punt return that would have taken the ball to Seattle’s 35-yard line in the first quarter was nullified by a very questionable block against Jason Pinnock.
There appeared to be a botched coverage on the first half Geno Smith to DK Metcalf touchdown pass.
Daniel Jones missed Lawrence Cager for a potentially big play in the first quarter.
There were two false starts due to a substitution on the right side of Tyr Phillips and a delay of game.
The Giants were just 6 of 16 on third down and 0 for 1 on fourth down while allowing Seattle to convert a pair of fourth downs in the second quarter.
“I just didn’t do enough down the stretch, didn’t make enough plays,” guard Daniel Jones said.
I highlight the fourth quarter and total mistakes for a reason. The Giants had won four times in seven games entering the fourth quarter. They have won five in a row.
The Giants have had some exciting wins through the first seven weeks of the season. The way they try to play, however, leaves them with a razor’s edge for error. There will be some big losses along the way.
Like Sunday against the Seahawks.
How great was it to see Nick Gates back on the court? And seeing him throw a key block on Saquon Barkley’s 1-yard run, basically driving a Seattle defender across the formation?
“A special moment… Surreal for a bit,” Gates said of the performance.
I’ve said it before, but to me, Gates is the NFL running back of the year. Period.
Wide receiver needed
Sunday’s game continued to show the Giants’ weakness at wide receiver.
Darius Slayton had a great game with five receptions for 66 yards, several of which came on critical third downs. Wan’Dale Robinson, David Sills and Marcus Johnson, however, combined for just four catches for 23 total yards.
The Giants clearly need more talent at wide receiver. Will they wait until 2023? NFL draft to try to find him, or will they make a move for at least incremental help before Tuesday’s trade deadline?
The Giants now have a well-deserved bye week. Daboll wasn’t in the mood to hear it Sunday night, but the first half of the season has been a resounding success for the Giants.
“We have a long season ahead of us. We were 3-1 in the first quarter, three and one in the second. Today is apparently not good enough. Lots to do as I say every week,” Daboll said. “I don’t like the results today, but Seattle earned those results and we didn’t so we’re just going to come back, make some corrections, do some self-respect and things like that during the week and try to fix some things that you know we have to fix like we do every week.”
No one predicted the Giants would go into the bye at 6-2. They are. They have legitimate playoff aspirations, which no one would have predicted. Despite Sunday’s result, they have plenty to feel good about and look forward to.
“There is still much more for us. I think today showed that,” Jones said. “6-2 isn’t bad, but there’s a lot of work to do.”
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