New York Giants (1-5) – led by quarterback Eli Manning, wide recipient Odell Beckham and driving back Saquon Barkley –…
New York Giants (1-5) – led by quarterback Eli Manning, wide recipient Odell Beckham and driving back Saquon Barkley – meeting Atlanta Falcons (2-4) in a NFC matchup in NFL Week 7 action on Monday, October 22 2018 (10/22/18) at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. The panthers are led by quarterback Matt Ryan and broad recipients Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu.
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1; Matt Ryan sets up MVP-like numbers, even on a team that has not lived up to expectations.
Matty Ice turned into another brilliant peak-time performance on Monday and threw 379 yards and completed his last 18 pass to lead Atlanta Falcons to his second straight victory, 23-20 over the fierce New York Giants.
“Whatever is required to win,” said Ryan. “That’s the mind we have every week.”
Ryan threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Hall, Tevin Coleman broke loose on a 30-yard scoring run and Falcons added a chapter to New York’s miserable season, sending the giants (1-6 ) to their fourth straight loss.
“I do not feel we are a 1-6 team,” said Odell Beckham Jr. “That’s what our record is, but it’s not the feeling in the locker room.”
Ryan was league MVP 2016 when he led Atlanta to Super Bowl. While these Falcons (3-4) have not played that level, the quarterback sets up figures that measure for what he did two years ago: a 71.1 percent finish, 2,335 meter pass, 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions.
Ryan only focuses on team performance.
“The thumb is far closer.” 500 is a positive for us, “he said.
It was also a great night for Giorgio Tavecchio, who was signed this week to fill in for injured Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant. Born in Milan, Italy, made all three of his field goals, including a 56-yarder who was the longest of his career and helped win the victory.
“The fired was good from about 65 meters,” said Ryan. “He did a great job for us to come in with short notice.”
Against one of NFL’s worst defenses, New York culminated its best scoring opportunity by going for a touchdown on fourth and target from 1 early in the third quarter. To the surprise of nobody who has seen the giants stumble through the season, Eli Manning’s pass for tight end Scott Simonson fouled to the grass.
Manning was fired four times, yet managed to complete 27 of 38 for 399 meters. Beckham trampled for eight passes  for 143 meters, drove him over 5000 meters in his career, and Sterling Shepard completed 167 meters on five receptions.
Both teams began to slowly start offensive. Falcons failed to cross the midfield on their first three possessions, and the giants were not much better.
Then Atlanta hit suddenly for two big games to take the lead. Ryan went down to the left sideline to end Austin Hooper for a 36-yard win, which drove Falcons to New York territory for the first time. After that, Ryan Hall looked free in the middle of the field and hit him all the way to touchdown.
Coleman’s touchdown with 7½ minutes left gave Falcon’s breathing space, but the giants finally showed a life offensive.
Manning finished five passes 61 meters before Saquon Barkley drove over from 2 at 4: 47 left for New York’s first TD of the game. Challenged trainer Pat Shurmur decided to go to 2 and wanted to place his team to win another point, but Beckham could not hold Manning’s pass.
The Falcons drove instead of Tavecchi’s last field goal and extended lead to 23-12.
The giants managed a touchdown with 5 seconds left as Manning joined forces with Beckham on a 1-yards scoring game, but only after the quarterback was filled with two straight attempts
] Falcons was the first team to hold Barkley in less than 100 meters rushing and receiving in a game.
The rookie run was limited to 43 meters on 14 berries, to go with nine catches for 51 meters.
It was Barkley’s second lowest rush production of the season, only obscured by a 28-yard attempt against Dallas in week 2.
Barkley came out with his best game of the season, a total of 2
Bryant is one of NFL’s most accurate kickers, but Tavecchio certainly knew a good impression at his return to NFL.
] His 56-yardspark was the longest of a player in his first match with a new team over the last 40 seasons, according to NFL Research. He also linked from 40 to 50 meters.
Tavecchio kicked last season for the Oakland Raiders, but he was out of work until Bryant injured his right hamstring and made a long kick in Atlantas victory over Tampa Bay.
This led to Falcons taking back Tavecchio, who got a short glance from the team at the end of the pre-season.
Although Bryant will surely recover his job as soon as he is well, Tavecchio set himself up to pay attention to other teams when he walks in the open market again.
Falcons lost another guard when Brandon Fusco went down late in the first half of the year with the right ankle injury.
Fusco has to be helped by the field by a pair of coaches, and he was quickly taken to the storage space on a wagon.
Atlanta had already lost another starter, Andy Levitre, to a seasonal injury.
Ben Garland took Fuscos place on the line. 19659002] UP NEXT
Giants: New York returns home next Sunday to meet NFC’s eastern Washington (4-2).
Falcons: Atlanta also plays Washington in their next match – but not until November 4 after a hello week.
Here is what you need to know Who: New York Giants in Atlanta Falcons
When: Monday, October 22, 2018
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta , Go. Message: Joe Tessitore (play-by-play)
Lines: Falcons -4
Think of this an elimination game for all thoughts of returning to the NFC playoff- picture.
The giants have lost three straight and 18 of their last 22 regular season games.
“Team fighting through adversity, and it’s in the giant DNA to pull this out,” said coach Shurmur. “I’ve seen it, I’ve studied the story of it and I like the dressing room we’ve gathered.”
“I’m impressed with the guys we have in the locker room and I know they will fight. I saw the matches just as you have coached the games: These guys are fighting and these guys have enthusiasm. We have just not executed, and I will continue to say it until we do. “
Both Manning and Ryan have been on fire, but their organizations defend them.
Shurmur at Manning: “ We Believe in Eli.”
Falcon’s coach Quinn on Ryan: “He’s playing at high level. Maybe not showing up with a 23, 27 win but the right decisions to go with the ball at the right time. That part of his game is really intact. “
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)