Giants have no answers for Broncos, Teddy Bridgewater in 27-13 loss

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The New York Giants welcomed both fans and the Denver Broncos back to MetLife Stadium on Sunday for the first regular season game of 2021.

As expected, it was a defensive battle early on with the Giants doing a bit more bending than Denver. The play-calling was suspect, the pass protection was less than stellar and Patrick Graham’s defense was unable to generate much pressure.

That trend continued into the second half — as did other negative trends from years past. Drops, turnovers, miscommunication, missed tackles…you name it.

In the end, the Broncos sent all those Giants fans home with their heads hanging.

Final score: Broncos 27, Giants 13

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Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Final

Giants

0

7

0

6

13

Broncos

0

10

7

10

27


Keys to the game

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  • The Broncos had 24 first downs to the Giants' 19.

  • Denver out-gained the Giants, 420 to 314.

  • The Broncos went 7-of-15 on third down and 3-of-3 on fourth down.

  • The Broncos out-rushed the Giants, 165 to 60.

  • Denver won the time of possession battle, 35:08 to 24:52.

  • The Giants had just three rushing first downs.

  • The Giants had five drops (unofficially).

It was over when...

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Facing a fourth-and-one midway through the third quarter, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater stiff-armed Giants safety Xavier McKinney right in the face and then connected with tight end Albert Okwuegbunam. The sure-tackling Blake Martinez subsequently missed a tackle and Okwuegbunam dove in for the score. Giants head coach Joe Judge foolishly tossed a challenge flag even though the score was clear. Compounding matters, it was an unchallengeable play and ultimately cost the team a timeout. At 17-7, the Giants stood literally no chance of coming back.

Players of the game

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  • WR Sterling Shepard (7 rec., 113 yards and 1 TD)

  • S Logan Ryan (10 tackles, 8 solo, 1 TFL, 1 QB hit)

  • P Riley Dixon (3 punts, 1 IN 20, 61 long)

Injuries

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Safety Logan Ryan limped to the sideline late in the fourth quarter but it turned out to be little more than cramping. Wide receiver Darius Slayton took a shot in the lower back with under :30 remaining in the fourth quarter and gingerly left the field (did not return).

What's next?

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Giants head coach Joe Judge will conduct a Monday afternoon conference call with the team's beat. It will be a short turnaround as the Giants (0-1) the road for a Thursday night matchup with the Washington Football Team (0-1) at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET.

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