October 15, 2021 11:52 pm
Jones, Barkley lead Giants past Saints, 27-21 in OT

Jones, Barkley lead Giants past Saints, 27-21 in OT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Daniel Jones and the indefatigable New York Giants faced down deafening crowd noise in the Superdome, erased an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter and broke into the win column in a game fittingly decided on the final play.

Saquon Barkley ran for a 6-yard touchdown in overtime after Jones passed for a career-high 402 yards, and the Giants rallied for their first win of the season, 27-21 over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. We’ve shown glimpses at what we can do as an offense during these four games,” stated Jones. Jones’ team’s 0-3 record includes losses on two consecutive game-ending field goals. “We made some more plays, and played when it mattered. … We needed a win and there was a high sense of urgency.”

The Saints, playing in New Orleans for the first time since Hurricane Ida struck on Aug. 29, led 21-10 in the fourth quarter before Jones found Barkley uncovered along the left sideline for a 54-yard touchdown pass that ignited the Giants’ comeback.

Jones ran for a 2-point conversion to make it 21-18, then led the Giants (1-3) to Graham Gano’s tying, 48-yard field goal with 31 seconds left in regulation.

” I love Daniel. “He had a hell of a game,” Giants coach Joe Judge stated. “I’m very proud of how this guy came down here, prepared throughout the week and the performance he had on the field today in that environment against that defense.”

After New York won the coin toss to start the extra period, Jones completed five passes for 67 yards to set up Barkley’s winning score against a defense that allowed the sixth fewest yards in the NFL through the season’s first three weeks. This team has seen a lot. Barkley stated that they’ve had to go through many close games before finding a way to win. “That was just our motto, that’s what we kept saying at halftime: Stick together … and find a way to win this game.”

Jameis Winston passed for 226 yards and a touchdown, and reserve quarterback Taysom Hill ran for two touchdowns for the Saints (2-2), who wilted in front of nearly 70,000 fans in the first game played in the dome without restrictions on crowd size since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

” I sincerely apologize to the fans.” Winston stated. “I was so happy and blessed to be able to play in front our fans. That was the best thing about today. You don’t like to lose those type of games.”

The Saints spent the first three weeks of the regular season operating out of the Dallas area and moved their Sept. 12 home opener against Green Bay to Jacksonville.

Hill, whom the Saints employ as a change-of-pace, read-option QB, gave the Saints their first lead at 14-7 in the third quarter on a relentless, spinning, tackle-breaking 8-yard run during which he was hit five times before crossing the goal line.

Jones marched the Giants back down the field, but the Saints’ defense stiffened after New York had a first-and-goal at the 3 to force Gano’s short field goal that made it 14-10.

Hill added an 8-yard touchdown run, but the Saints regretted a few missed opportunities and made untimely errors.

In the third quarter, Adam Trautman’s holding penalty wiped Winston’s 46-yard pass to Kenny Stills in the end zone. Hill tried another deep pass, but James Bradberry intercepted it.

” “It’s frustrating and disappointing, and all those emotions,” Saints coach Sean Payton stated. “That’s why winning feels so good, and losing feels the same way. We can’t get this game back.”

CURIOUS CALL

After a scoreless first 21 minutes that included missed field goals by each team, the Giants struck first on a long passing play that became the subject of an official scoring change after the fact.

Jones found newly activated receiver John Ross down the middle of the field for a 52-yard touchdown. Although Ross was tackled at goal line, the ball fell loose and Saints defenders did not pursue it. Ross ran over to grab it.

A few minutes later, the NFL declared that the play had been ruled a forced turnover by Saints safety Marcus Williams. Ross was able to retrieve the ball.

The Saints responded on their next series with Winston’s 15-yard touchdown pass to tight end Juwan Johnson, capping a 13-play, 75-yard drive that ran out most of the last 8: 51 of the first half.

INJURIES

Giants: Safety Jabrill Peppers left the game with a hamstring injury and was to have an MRI on Monday.

Saints – Running back Tony Jones Jr. was taken off the field with an ankle injury in the second quarter.

UP NEXT

Giants: Visit Dallas next Sunday.

Saints will be visiting Washington next Sunday.

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