The Giants looked dead at halftime of Sunday’s game against the Cardinals, but they found new life in the locker room.
After falling behind 20-0 at halftime, the Giants scored on all five possessions in the second half and came back for a 31-28 win. The final points came off the back of kicker Graham Gano’s two-yard field goal and sealed the deal in the Giants’ biggest comeback in over 70 years.
In fact, the Giants were down 28-7 in the third quarter, so their total comeback was 21 points. They last did so in 1949 against the then-Chicago Cardinals. This is the third time the Cardinals have lost a game in which they led by at least 20 points.
The win was tinged with a little heartbreak at the end because running back Saquon Barkley limped off the field after running to set up Gano’s punt in the final minute. Barkley had 17 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown to go along with six catches for 29 yards and another score.
Daniel Jones delivered another touchdown pass to wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins to tie the game and ran for the team’s first score of the game. Jones finished 26 of 37 for 321 yards through the air and added 59 yards on nine carries.
Jones set up two of the scores with long passes that caught 89 yards to rookie wideout Jalen Hyatt and tight end Darren Waller recorded six catches for 76 yards.
The return allows the Giants to avoid an 0-2 start and they will stay out of the West before visiting the 49ers on Thursday night.
The Cardinals built their lead in the first half behind the strong running of James Conner and the efficient passing of Joshua Dobbs. They extended their lead to 28-7 in the third quarter, but only had three more first downs during the rest of the game.
Dobbs was 21 of 30 for 228 yards and a touchdown to the Hollywood Brown. He also ran for a score while Conner had 106 yards and scores on 23 carries.
These are things the Cardinals will try to build on when they host the Cowboys and try to avoid an 0-3 start next Sunday.
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