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Grading the Giants’ 27-24 loss to the Vikings.


There have been 445 whole yards and 23 first downs — often adequate to win. Daniel Jones (30-for-42, 334 yards) saved his crew within the sport together with his accuracy and was epitome of clutch on the final drive, however an interception early within the fourth quarter by Patrick Peterson was an enormous momentum swing. WR Isaiah Hodgins (8-80) had a second-quarter landing catch and acquired the higher of Peterson for a lot of the sport. Richie James (8-90) was stable, however had a expensive drop within the fourth quarter. A crucial fumble by rookie TE Daniel Bellinger on the primary play of the second quarter price his crew factors. A holding penalty on LG Nick Gates damage a first-quarter sequence. Gates was later referred to as for a false begin. A holding penalty on C Jon Feliciano damage a drive simply earlier than halftime. 



Ultimately, coping with WR Justin Jefferson (12-133) and TE T.J. Hockenson (13-109) was simply an excessive amount of too cope with. Respectable work on the bottom towards Dalvin Cook dinner (14-64). A minimum of this unit made Kirk Cousins (34-for-48, 299 yards, three TDs) work for it. Dexter Lawrence had a sort out for a loss on the primary sequence. Landon Collins, not identified for his protection means, ran with Hockenson for a first-quarter go breakup. Collins additionally had a sack. Azeez Ojulari’s second-quarter sack compelled the Vikings to accept a area aim. Leonard Williams dropped Cousins on the ultimate play of the primary half. Rookie Cor’Dale Flott almost got here up with an enormous interception, however didn’t safe the ball on the best way down. 


Justin Jefferson runs with the ball during the Vikings' win over the Giants.
Justin Jefferson runs with the ball through the Vikings’ win over the Giants.
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Permitting a blocked punt late within the forth quarter of an in depth sport? You have to be kidding. Stress got here from proper up the center, which is unacceptable. Graham Gano, kicking within the consolation of a dome, had no hassle hitting two area targets from 44 yards and one boomer from 55. 

Jamie Gillan did what he wanted to do on his first punt, sending it 40 yards to power a good catch on the 12-yard line. Gillan then drilled a 60-yarder coated by Marcus Johnson. 

Gary Brightwell had a 26-yard kickoff return. 



Brian Daboll introduced his crew right into a loud, hostile surroundings and his guys went toe-to-toe with among the best groups within the NFC. Offensive coordinator Mike Kafka well got here out throwing towards a shoddy Minnesota go protection. Wink Martindale introduced all he might with stress to lighten the load on his overmatched defensive backs. Permitting a blocked punt will maintain particular groups coordinator Thomas McGaughey up at night time. 

Grade: B