NEW YORK GIANTS 30 – ATLANTA FALCONS 20
The New York Giants defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 30-20, Sunday afternoon to win the team’s third straight game. Below you will find a new quick hits and tidbits from the Giants victory.
Odell Beckham Jr. (unofficially) played 37 snaps and 35 plays Sunday afternoon. On New York’s back-to-back touchdown drives in the third and fourth quarter, Beckham was on the field for the majority of the plays of both series. These were his only consecutive drives of the afternoon. 36 of those snaps were played offensively, one on special teams. Beckham lined up to return one punt. He called a fair catch.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie worked in-and-out of the game. Cromartie said his ankle/groin flared up during the game, and as a result, he took it easy. Cromartie said he believes he’ll be a full participant in practice and will not be limited versus Philadelphia.
After the game, Zack Bowman received X-Rays. He said those x-rays were “precautionary” and not on any specific area. He said multiple times he is “fine.”
Rashad Jennings suffered a left knee sprain in the third quarter. He came out of the game and did not return. Jennings said he believes he is OK, but will have an MRI on the knee. All knee-related injuries are deemed “sprains” before an MRI depicts the exact amount of damage.
Entering the game, Beckham Jr. and Devon Kennard had been dealing with hamstring issues. Both players said they felt fine after the game and did not re-injure the areas. Kennard said he played every special teams snap. His hamstring was wrapped heavily after the game, but assured that was just precautionary and that if there was an aggravation of the area, he’d know already.
Eli Manning completed 19-of-30 passes for 200 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He has now completed 112-of-169 (66.8%) for 1,174 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. At this time last year, Manning had thrown eight touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
The one apparent “blunder” for Manning was when the quarterback overthrew a wide open Beckham for what could have been a 80+-yard touchdown. Manning said after the game that although the ball was in Beckham’s direction, it wasn’t to him. Manning was throwing the ball away. Just as Manning released the ball, Beckham broke open. Manning didn’t see anyone open and started to feel pressure so he threw the ball away. It may look on film like Manning missed Beckham, but in truth he was throwing it away.
After catching three touchdowns a week ago, Larry Donnell didn’t catch a pass and was only targeted once on Sunday. Manning spoke after the game and said that’s just how the game went. Rueben Randle was targeted a game-high 10 times. He caught four of them for 33 yards and a touchdown.
Receiver Preston Parker caught a three passes for a game-high 61 yards, highlighted by a 42-yard reception. Parker returned one kickoff and fumbled the ball away; Atlanta recovered and turned ended up kicking a field goal.
Andre Williams rushed 20 times for 65 yards and a touchdown, he caught two passes for 18 yards as well. Rashad Jennings ran 10 times for 55 yards.
Quintin Demps intercepted his second pass in as many weeks, but fumbled the ball on the return and Atlanta recovered. Johnathan Hankins had his second sack of the season.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan completed 29-of-45 passes for 316 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Julio Jones caught 11 passes for 105 yards.
Former Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who now plays for the Falcons, was an honorary captain for Atlanta. He recorded a sack of Manning in the second quarter, his first of the season.
Inactive for the New York Giants: WR Julian Talley, LB Jon Beason, G Adam Snyder, OT Charles Brown, DE Kerry Wynn, OT James Brewer, DT Jay Bromley
Inactive for the Atlanta Falcons: QB Sean Renfree, CB Javier Arenas, LB Tyler Starr, G Justin Blalock, T Cameron Bradfield, WR Harry Douglass, DE Cliff Matthews.