Tampa, Fla. – Farewell Week has come and gone and now the Giants may be saying goodbye to any matchup of 2021.
He started the second half of the season by opting out of Monday’s prime time. If giants were a television show, it would have been canceled long ago. His offense welcomed back Saquon Barkley but was still a disappointing mess. His defense was incapable of getting anywhere near Tom Brady, who felt too much pressure to take a nap.
Any exciting vibes created after the Giants won two to three games were wiped away by a reality check slap in the face of defending Super Bowl champions. The answer is nowhere near as the Giants beat the Giants 30-10 at Raymond James Stadium.
Although Barkley was recaptured and his top receivers Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Tony were unable to produce much on the field and healthy, quarterback Daniel Jones. There was no persistent touchdown drive, no verve, no consistent execution, and again, not enough points. Jones threw two second-half interceptions and did not look like dynamic novices, who led the Giants to a comeback as a rookie in the same spot two years ago. Jones (23 of 38, 167 yards) didn’t do much.
Brady has not lost three consecutive games since 2002, his first year as a full-time starter, and the Patriots actually had a four-game losing streak. This is the only time he has lost three straight games in his 22-year career with Brady. It won’t happen again, at least not tonight, not against this opponent. Brady completed 30 of 46 passes for 307 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and he was not sacked.
The Giants fell to 3-7 and are now alone in the final spot in the NFC East, who couldn’t wait to live in Game 10 of the season. He lives there, and will face the rising Eagles (5-6) for the first time this season at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
The glare of the spotlight does not show the Giants in a positive light. It was their 10th straight loss in prime time. Jones fell to 0-8 when the entire nation was given a chance to see their team.
The Giants were within 17-10 at halftime as cornerback Adori Jackson blocked a stunned Brady pass and the Bucks set up an anemic offense on the 5-yard line. Any idea that the giants would make its game in the second half was quickly shattered.
After half time the unwinding began. The Giants came to the Bucks’ 25-yard line but had a miserable fourth-and-1 play when Jones was pressured by linebacker Devin White and hit nothing but pass grass. Brady then motorized the field on a 71-yard drive, making money when he hit Mike Evans for a 5-yard touchdown pass, and Evans easily posted cornerback James Bradberry in the end zone.
The Bucks added to their 24-10 lead after Jones, backpedaling and shocking, threw the ball to defensive tackle Steve McClendon, with no receiver in the area. That put the Bucks on the Giants 37-yard line and they added a field goal to go ahead 27-10.
Brady has been around since the Jurassic period and the opening drive of the night has been the easiest of his career. He completed all five of his passes and no defender came to him, requiring just eight plays for 73 yards, finishing with a wide receiver screen for Chris Godwin for a 13-yard touchdown, outplaying Bradbury play, and Julian Love – subbing general Logan RyanV List 19) Can’t put glove on ball carrier.
The promising opening drive for the Giants stalled and what you don’t want to do against Brady – setting field goals after marching to the red zone – is the end result.
The Bucks hogged the ball for 18 plays in their second series, but the Giants defense – the best in the NFL in the red zone in the previous three games – dropped eight players in coverage to third, leaving Brady with nowhere to go. The subsequent Ryan Succop field goal made it 10-3.
The Sparks needed to shake the Bucks out of their comfort zone and that left with 9:53 left in the second quarter. Brady rifled a pass to Evans on the left sideline, but the ball passed through Evans’s hands, shrugged his shoulders and into the air, where cornerback Jackson waited for a gift interception. Jackson ran the ball 10 yards to the Tampa 5-yard line. Two plays later, left tackle Andrew Thomas reportedly was a deserving receiver and the Giants threw it at him, and Jones made a jumping grab in the end zone after Jones lobbed the ball under pressure from linebacker Lavonte David. It was 10-10 and the Giants got back to business.
Brady found Rob Gronkowski, the world’s all-time 35-yard pass, and led Ronald Jones’ 6-yard scoring run to 17-10.