Do the Giants have a legitimate gripe about the officiating?
Yes and no. Although there were a few calls against them that seemed a bit iffy, and a few calls that were missed against the Saints, the most egregious aspect of the situation may have been what linebacker Alec Ogletree said one official told him.
“If you ask them why they call a call, they tell you they wouldn’t make that call in the Super Bowl,” Ogletree said. “That’s definitely what was explained to me, that you wouldn’t make that call in the Super Bowl, and I don’t think that’s right . . . I think that’s bad. That’s bad all around.”
Ogletree wouldn’t say when that remark was made or which penalty it was in relation to. One of the likeliest plays on which that could have happened was the horse-collar penalty against Janoris Jenkins in the first half, when the cornerback appeared to pull down Alvin Kamara by the shoulder. “It was honestly a great tackle,” Landon Collins said of that play. “His hand was on the right shoulder of the man. He shouldn’t have done anything differently.”
The Giants also had cornerback Donte Deayon flagged for pass interference on a third-and-8 incompletion — “that was a bad call,” Collins said — and an offensive pass interference call against the Saints picked up on the previous drive.
Collins seemed shocked to hear about the Super Bowl response. “I’m done,” he said. Whether he was done with the officials or done talking about it to avoid a possible fine was unclear.
How about the decision to uphold the fumble by Wayne Gallman?
Gallman said when he came to the sideline after the play and looked up to watch the replay, he was convinced it would be overturned as an incompletion. “Everyone was,” he said. A year ago it probably would have been incomplete. This year, though, a catch is different and, well, less complicated. Gallman had the ball and started to move upfield. That worked against the Giants in this case. “I didn’t think I had possession of it,” Gallman said. “But I guess there are some new rules. I guess.”
Why do the Giants think they were unfairly penalized at times?
“It’s on the officials, honestly,” Collins said. “If they feel disrespected by a player, they call it against you every time. It’s all on their discretion.”
The Giants were penalized six times for 67 yards and the Saints were flagged five times for 51.
“Sometimes the refs aren’t in your favor when you think they should be,” said Sterling Shepard (who had his facemask grabbed after a reception but had it go unflagged and also had his helmet pushed into the ground after a tackle, a play that also was unflagged). “That’s the way the game goes.”
Said Collins, “They got some bad calls, we got some bad calls. I think our calls were worse than theirs.”
How many yards from scrimmage did Saquon Barkley wind up with?
Exactly 100 — 44 of them rushing and 56 receiving. It was his fourth straight game with at least 100 yards, the most to start a career in Giants history. It ties Billy Sims (1980) and LaDainian Tomlinson (2001) for the third-most to start a career in NFL history. Only Adrian Peterson (five, 2007) and Kareem Hunt (seven, 2017) have more.
Where does Eli Manning stand on the all-time touchdown pass list?
His throw to Shepard in the first quarter was the 343rd touchdown pass of his career, moving him past Fran Tarkenton and into seventh place in NFL history. He might not get past that notch. Philip Rivers is directly ahead of him with 353, including three on Sunday. Beyond them is a large gap to get to fifth, where Dan Marino sits comfortably with 420.