The Giants gained 261 yards, but 61 of that came on their final drive, which ended with a turnover on downs. It was their worst offensive output since they put up a measly 159 yards against Arizona last year … which was also the game when Daniel Jones came back from an injury. Unlike then, he seemed to show no ill effects from his concussion on Sunday, other than of course the three interceptions and two fumbles (one lost). The Giants had six possessions in a second quarter that began with them ahead 3-0. They managed just 12 total yards and turned it over three times in that quarter while the Rams scored 28 points in the same span of time.
You’d think Leonard Williams posting 1.5 sacks and Xavier McKinney intercepting two passes would portend something good for the defense. Nope. The Giants couldn’t find anyone on the team capable of covering Cooper Kupp (nine catches, 130 yards, two TDs), trying with Jabrill Peppers and Julian Love. The 28 points allowed in the second quarter were the most yielded in any single period of play by the Giants since the fourth quarter of their epic collapse against the Eagles in 2010. The Rams converted just two third downs, but they made up for it on two fourth-down conversions and were forced to punt just twice in their final 11 possessions.
SPECIAL TEAMS: F
The best play of the day by the unit was also the worst: C.J. Board returned a kickoff 37 yards to the 40 but fractured his arm and will likely be lost for the season. They were saved by a bizarre call of offsetting personal foul penalties — the officials did not identify the offending players — that negated a fake punt pass by the Rams that would have resulted in a first down. Riley Dixon didn’t put any of his four punts inside the 20. Graham Gano kicked a 27-yard field goal to cap the opening drive that stood as the only Giants points for most of the rest of the game.
How could so much of the offensive game plan apparently revolve around Kadarius Toney, a player who was questionable with an ankle injury to begin with and needed a pregame workout to be cleared just to play? When he left the field, everything seemed to fall apart. Joe Judge challenged the team at halftime to see who was going to stick around and fight. Well, the Rams opened the third quarter with a 13-play, 9:15 drive for a field goal — the longest drive in terms of time allowed by the Giants all season — and the Giants didn’t score until midway through the fourth. He got his answer.