The New York Giants entered Sunday’s game against the Bears with an 0-1 record and hopes of getting back to .500 before heading into a very difficult stretch of games.
The New York Giants fell to 0-2 on Sunday, but they lost much more than just the game. On the first play of the second quarter, Saquon Barkley took the hand-off, shed a tackle, and kept running before being hit by Akiem Hicks where he would stay on the ground following his six-yard rush. Barkley left the game and was treated in the locker room and didn’t return.
It later came out that the Giants fear he may have torn his ACL which would undoubtedly end his 2020 season but won’t know for certain until Monday at the earliest.
As for the Giants, they kept going on the field in hopes of getting their first win of the season. Unfortunately, they would go down 17-0 and from there they would be forced to stage a comeback without their star running back, and Sterling Shepard who went down with a toe injury and also wouldn’t return.
Crazy enough, that’s when the Giants played their best football of the day. They would go on to score 13 consecutive points and put themselves in a position to win the game on the final drive, but came up just short.
With four seconds left on the clock from Chicago’s 10-yard line, Daniel Jones threw it to Golden Tate, but the ball would fall to the turf, alongside a penalty flag as Golden Tate was called for a push-off, and the game ended with a Giants 17-13 loss.
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Although they lost the game, and Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard both got hurt, the Giants were rather impressive down the stretch. The defense came up with two interceptions and forced the Bears to punt, after going down 17-0, giving the offense the opportunity to win the game.
Not only that, but the offense wasn’t bad at all down the stretch and had there been 10-15 seconds more on the clock, the Giants very well could have won that football game and would be heading back to New York with a share of the NFC East lead.
Unfortunately, that is not the case and the Giants sit with the Eagles at 0-2 and are tied for last. Not only that, but they are also entering a very difficult stretch of games that doesn’t offer a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel for the G-Men.
The Giants’ next three games are against the San Francisco 49ers (2019 NFC Champions and are currently 1-1), the Los Angeles Rams (2-0), and the Dallas Cowboys (1-1).
That being said, beating the Bears on Sunday would’ve been a huge confidence boost as the Giants enter a very difficult stretch of games, and they’ll presumably be without Saquon Barkley to make matters worse.