What was probably even more damning than the inability to score on fourth-and-2 from the 4-yard line midway through the fourth quarter was the three-and-out that followed after the Giants got the ball back with 4:24 remaining. The offense scored just one touchdown, was 4-for-15 on third downs and 0-for-3 in the red zone. Even though Odell Beckham Jr.’s number might have been good (six catches, 149 yards, 72-yard TD, one one-hander) but he dropped a pass in the end zone.
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The Giants had a bit of a pass rush with three sacks (two by Robert Ayers) and a number of hits on Ryan Fitzpatrick. Jason Pierre-Paul played his most active game of the season, but he’s still without a sack. The Giants had trouble slowing down the Jets’ screens (13 passes to running backs for 113 yards) and the crossing routes to Eric Decker, plus Prince Amukamara lost a one-on–one battle with Brandon Marshall for the game-tying TD in the final minute of regulation.
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And that’s with a Dwayne Harris punt return for a TD! Josh Brown needs to make the 48-yard kick in overtime to keep the game going, and he was wide left for his first missed attempt of the year. It overshadowed what would have been an impressive day otherwise that included some chicanery with Beckham and Harris both deep to field punts. Punter Brad Wing put four of five kicks inside the 20 and the Jets had zero net return yardage on them.
Quite a few questionable decisions. Obviously trying to go ahead 17 points in the fourth quarter and coming away with no points is hard to digest, especially in retrospect. In the second quarter the Giants had third-and-goal at the 1-yard line and decided to match the worst aspect of their offense against what the Jets do better than anyone. The result, a 1-yard loss and a field goal. And what was the thinking challenging the spot on a play that would have been a first down even if it was overturned (which it wasn’t)?