The Patriots Wobble a Little, Then Take Down The Giants
Patriots VS Giants:
A draw in the second quarter did not last long since New England forced a series of turnovers that turned the game into an explosion. Here are the details of the match between Patriots VS Giants.
Late in the second quarter of Thursday night what had been a raucous crowd at Gillette Stadium suddenly became almost funeral.
Minutes earlier, local fans had been singing and dancing in the halls when their New England Patriots, with an authoritarian impulse, took a seven-point lead against a team of the Giants. Until then the game had been neglected and improper of the occasion a nationally televised rematch of twice Super Bowl rivals.
But finally, it seemed that the royal patriots had taken control. Everything was fine in Foxborough.
Then within a few seconds, it took a Giants defender to fire Tom Brady with golden arms Brady’s soccer ball within reach of Giants linebacker Markus Golden who ran the loose ball to the final zone for a touchdown that tied the game. The noise of the Gillette Stadium party expired.
Seconds later, when Brady sat on the bench, he was captured by the camera shaking his head from side to side.
One thought may have gone through the building: Do the Giants, even with Eli Manning on the sidelines instead of in the game, have any kind of hex on the six-time Super Bowl champions?
In the resulting possession, the Patriots used 11 methodical moves to advance 75 yards. The final play of the unit was a predictable but typically unstoppable advance of 1 yard for a Brady touchdown. After that, the Patriots led the rest of the way in a 35-14 victory.
In the end, an order was restored for the Patriots who improved to 6-0. The Giants who went on the field without their star runner, Saquon Barkley, and their best open catcher, Sterling Shepard, fell to 2-4. The Giants were also playing without their initial tight end, Evan Engram, and their second runner, Wayne Gallman.
The brave Giants fought, especially in defense, which has not been the strength of the team this season. And rookie quarterback Daniel Jones made some impressive pitches under pressure, although he also appeared out of sync at the beginning of the game, threw three interceptions.
The first play of the Patriots game ended in the 18-yard line of the Giants when a lively defensive unit thwarted a fourth and 1-run New England attempt.
But the emotional impulse of that stop died quickly in the possession of the Giants when the team won only nine yards in three plays and had to clear.
Still several minutes later Brady threw a pass down the field so far behind wide receiver Julian Edelman that it seemed that Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins was the intended target. Jenkins intercepted the rebel pass and ran across the field 62 yards. Once again, the Giants shot off, this time advancing only five yards, with a penalty for Jenkins’ return that pushed them out of the field goal range.
While the Patriots and Brady continued to fight during the first quarter, New England special teams, coach Bailiwick Bill Belichick when he was an assistant, came to the rescue. Hitting near their own goal line, the Giants had linebacker Nate Stupar lined up in the middle of the team’s clearance formation.
Stupar’s kickback left him dangerously close to the Giants player, Riley Dixon, whose kick bounced off Stupar’s helmet and swerved into the air. Standing nearby, Chase Winovich of New England, a rookie defensive lineman, grabbed the ball at head level and ran six yards to the end zone for a touchdown that put the Patriots forward, 7-0.
A 1-yard run by Bolden at the beginning of the second quarter extended the New England lead to 14-0.
Jones reunited the Giants by throwing a deep and skillful pass to wide receiver Golden Tate, a pitch that fell right over a Patriots defender and fell into Tate’s outstretched arms. Tate shook the ball until he controlled it and ran intact for a 64-yard touchdown.