- The New York Giants overcame a 21-point deficit in the third quarter to win 31-28.
- It was the Giants’ biggest victory since a 21-point rally in 1949.
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The New York Giants notched their first win of the 2023 NFL season after finally scoring their first points of the season in a comeback win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
The Giants, who were beaten 40-0 by the Dallas Cowboys in their season opener last week, bounced back in spectacular fashion against the Cardinals in Arizona.
Daniel Jones and company. had failed to score points in the first week and their second game seemed to follow the same dismal pattern as they failed to score throughout the first two quarters of Sunday’s game.
Scoreless through their first six quarters of the 2023 season, the Giants staged a stunning comeback, rallying from a 21-point deficit in the third quarter to win 31-28.
It was the Giants’ biggest victory since a 21-point rally in 1949 – also against the Cardinals. Arizona blew its biggest lead since 2011.
The New York Giants notched their first win of the 2023 NFL season in a wild comeback
Giants quarterback Daniel Jones celebrates his run for a touchdown against the Cardinals
Arizona (photo by Cardinals head coach Jonathan Gannon) blew its biggest lead since 2011
New York kept the pressure on in the fourth, pulling within 28-21 with 8:51 left on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Daniel Jones to Saquon Barkley. They tied the game on Jones’ perfectly placed 11-yard touchdown pass to a diving Isaiah Hodgins.
The Giants forced a three-and-out, then drove 56 yards in eight plays to set up Graham Gano’s kick.
Jones was 26 of 37 passing. He also ran for 59 yards and a 14-yard touchdown. Barkley ran for 63 yards and a touchdown, but left the field late in the fourth quarter with an apparent right ankle injury.
James Conner ran for 106 yards and a touchdown for the Cardinals.
Arizona (0-2) has lost six straight home games since last October. The Giants denied quarterback Joshua Dobbs his first win as a NFL starter and denied coach Jonathan Gannon his first NFL victory.
Saquon Barkley scored a touchdown but limped off the field late in the fourth quarter.
Jones completed 26 of 37 passes and also ran for 59 yards and a 14-yard touchdown.
Dobbs – making his second start with the Cardinals after being acquired in a trade with the Browns last month – pushed the Cardinals ahead 14-0 early in the second quarter on a 23-yard touchdown run, passing through safety Giants Xavier McKinney on the way. to the end zone.
Dobbs fell to 0-4 as a starter; he lost twice with Tennessee last season. He was 21 of 31 passing for 228 yards and a touchdown.
Arizona took a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter after an impressive nine-play, 86-yard drive that ended with Conner’s 4-yard touchdown run.
Things got worse for the Giants late in the second quarter when Jones’ pass to Barkley bounced off the running back and into the arms of Arizona safety Jalen Thompson, who raced back 35 yards to ‘to the New York 34. The Cardinals capitalized with Matt Prater. 44 yard field goal.