It took until week four, but the New York Giants finally got their first win of this young 2021 NFL season. The Giants defeated the New Orleans Saints 27-21 in an overtime thriller. They overcame an 11-point, 4th quarter lead by the Saints to get this much-needed win. This game was the Giants’ first win in 28 years in New Orleans, and it was the first time in nine years the Giants overcame a lead of 11 or more points. Fans are ecstatic about Daniel Jones’s career game with 402 passing yards, going 28 of 40 with two touchdowns. Jones had two monster passing plays of 52 yards (wide receiver John Ross) and 54 yards (Saquon Barkley). Both plays were game-changing touchdowns. The Giants scored 27 points without starters, Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton.
Kenny Golladay had his best game as a Giant with six receptions and 116 receiving yards. Kadarius Toney also had a breakout game with six receptions and 78 yards. Saquon Barkley looked more like himself on the 54-yard touchdown catch and run. The biggest surprise was John Ross, with a critical 52-yard touchdown catch in the first half. Ross made the most of his opportunity and had three receptions on the day.
Jones drove the Giants 75 yards in overtime to win the game. Jones was 5 of 5 for 57 yards on that drive, and Saquon kept his feet moving on the last play to get into the end zone for his second score of the game.
Overall, the Saints won the statistical battle— more yards on offense, more first downs, and more time of possession. However, the game came down to the two huge offensive plays on offense for the Giants. One of the other positives is the Giants did not allow an offensive sack.
Giants Offense B+
Daniel Jones had a career game and drove the field’s length twice, once to tie the game and again to win the game. Kenny Golladay looked like the player the Giants signed in the off-season, and Kadrius Toney showed why the Giants took him with the 20th pick in the 2021 draft. Saquon Barkley looked more like himself running and catching the football.
Giants Defense B-
Even though this was a win, the Giants defense forced a turnover. The Saints’ offense pretty much had their way with the secondary. They again allowed better than 70% completion on drop-backs, too many 3rd down conversions, and did not get a sack. The Giants rushed only three linemen too many times in the first half. Even when blitzing, the Giants did not seem to get much pressure on Jameis Winston. That has to be concerning. This unit looks to have regressed from the 2020 version.
The Giants entered this game 30th in the NFL in red-zone scoring. The Giants did convert one of their two opportunities on first down inside the red zone. It was just more horrible play calls by Jason Garrett when the Giants had a 1st goal at the 3-yard line. It would have been nice to see Judge go for it on 4th down just once in this game, but they have not tried a 4th down conversion since week 1.
The Giants came out with the win, and the offense looked the way it was drawn up in the off-season. However, the defensive unit continues to be a concern, as they are not getting enough pressure along the front four, and the secondary continues to under-perform under Patrick Graham. Next week the Giants take on the high-powered offense of the Dallas Cowboys. Let’s see if Jones can continue to build on his play and put up back-to-back wins. The defense will have to keep Dak Prescott, Zeke Elliot, and the Dallas receivers in check for this team to have a chance.
Prediction: Dallas 30 – Giants 21