Giants hold on late, upset Raiders, 23-16, in Week 9

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The New York Giants entered Week 9 in desperate need of a win to salvage whatever remaining playoff hope they may have had. The Las Vegas Raiders, meanwhile, were looking to flush a bad few weeks off of the field.

Perhaps somewhat fitting, it became immediately apparent the game would be a defensive battle that went down to the wire. And true to form, it did exactly that.

The Giants and Raiders battled back-and-forth for 60 full minutes with neither team able to land the true finishing blow until rookie edge rusher Quincy Roche sacked Derek Carr with under 1:00 remaining, causing a fumble that was recovered by the Giants.

The Giants improve to 3-6 as the head into the bye week.

Final score: Giants 23, Raiders 16

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Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Final

Giants

7

3

7

6

23

Raiders

7

6

3

0

16

Keys to the game

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  • The Giants converted on six of their 12 third-down attempts while holding Las Vegas to 4-of-12.

  • New York out-rushed the Raiders, 149 to 117.

  • The Giants won the time of possession battle, 30:11 to 29:49.

  • Big Blue was +3 (3-to-1) in turnover ratio.

  • The Giants committed just four penalties for 35 yards, none in the second half.

It was over when...

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Rookie edge rusher Quincy Roche, who has seen his role increase over Oshane Ximines, sacked Raiders quarterback Derek Carr with under 50 seconds remaining in the game, causing a fumble that was recovered by Leonard Williams.

The game was that close and would be decided in the final seconds after some pretty soft coaching by Joe Judge late. Roche game up huge.

Players of the game

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  • RB Devontae Booker (122 total yards, 4.7 ypc.)

  • S Xavier McKinney (7 tackles, 2 INT, 1 TD)

  • TE Evan Engram (3 rec., 38 yards, 1 TD)

Injuries

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Late in the second quarter, tight end Kaden Smith left the field and was promptly sent to the medical tent where he was evaluated for a concussion. He was later ruled out.

Not long after Smith got hurt, linebacker Cam Brown also suffered an apparent injury. He limped off the field following a kickoff.

Midway through the third quarter, defensive lineman Leonard Williams got rolled up on and limped off the field. He was examined by trainers and returned a few plays later.

Late in the fourth quarter, running back Devontae Booker took a huge hit and was immediately whisk away to the medical tent on the side. After being examined, he was ushered into the locker-room and would not return. He was ruled out with a concussion.

Shortly after Booker’s injury, cornerback James Bradberry also got banged up and was forced to the sideline. He was quick to return however, jogging back onto the field a play later.

What's next?

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Giants head coach Joe Judge will hold a conference call with the team’s beat writers on Monday afternoon before a few players are also made available.

After that, the Giants will head into their bye week. They will return on Monday, November 22 for a primetime game against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers down in Tampa Bay.

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