Sunday, November 1, 2015

Drew Brees out-duels Eli Manning in duel at the dome


There are two ways to slice the Giants latest defeat on Sunday. On one hand the Giants offense was like a well oiled machine, with Eli Manning leading the way with six touchdown passes. On the other hand, the Giants horrific defense, was ... well ... horrific as they couldn't hold the Saints down at any point in this game, blowing a 49-42 lead in the fourth quarter, as the Saints railed back to win.

The game itself set all kinds of records for offense as both quarterbacks went punch for punch, literally, trading scores throughout. Combined the Saints and Giants amassed 1,030 yards of offense, had a combined total of 63 first downs, and 840 yards passing between the two quarterbacks.

For Eli Manning, it was one of the best starts of his career. The Giants quarterback threw for 341 yards and six touchdowns, a new career high for a game. He was pinpoint and accurate with his throws, and got everyone involved from Odell Beckham Jr., with whom Manning completed three touchdowns to, Ruben Randall, and Dwayne Harris, who caught two scores from the Giants quarterback. It was a masterpiece.

With Big Blue down 42-28, Manning brought the Giants back with two touchdowns to Harris to tie the game at 42. Then with the Saints driving at midfield, Big Blue got a huge break when Trumaine McBride picked up a fumble and dashed into the end zone from 63 yards out to put the Giant in front.

Yet, the problems that have plagued this Giants team hurt them again. With no pass rush, and leaky secondary, the Saints stormed back like it was nothing. Drew Brees engineered a 14-play 83 yard drive that ate up 6:35 and the Gaints not even once had an answer for them. Brees cut them to pieces with one precise, short throw after another until hitting C.J. Spiller for a 9-yard touchdown. Brees threw 7 touchdowns in the game.

With 36 seconds to go the Giants tried to go for rather than knee on the ball to go into overtime. The decision came back to hurt them. New York couldn't advance the ball, and were forced the punt it back to New Orleans with 20 seconds left. Marcus Murphy advanced the ball to midfield before he was popped and fumbled the ball forward. Saints receiver Willie Snead recovered it and was able to draw a very late facemask call to spot the ball at the Giants 32 yard line. That was close enough for New Orleans to kick the game winner.

A historic performance by two quarterbacks ends in bizarro fashion.

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