The Giants’ crazy duel leads to their fourth win in a row

New York Giants cornerback Fabian Moreau stopped Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Christian Kirk at the one-yard line on the last play of the game to secure the team’s fourth straight win, 23-17.

Once again, the fourth quarter was where the Giants stormed to a win for the fifth time this season. But what should have been a sweat-free win became the moment Moreau and the Giants’ defense had to hold their own against the Jaguars, who pushed the field down.

With Saquon Barkley leaving the boundaries before Graham Gano made it 23-17 late in the fourth quarter, the Jaguars had just over a minute to get onto the field for a game-winning drive.

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New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) celebrates his touchdown during the NFL football game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Giants on October 23, 2022 at TIAA Bank Field, FL.

New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) celebrates his touchdown during the NFL football game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Giants on October 23, 2022 at TIAA Bank Field, FL.
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Trevor Lawrence (22-for-43, 310 yards) made some good throws, and with help from a few penalties, including a roughing-the-passer from a 28-yard completion against Marvin Jones Jr., the Jaguars had three chances to take the 16th yard line for the Giants to score the touchdown.

Lawrence launched a pass down the middle to Kirk in third and tenth place, and it looked like he might fall into the end zone. But Moreau was a wall at the goal line stopping him before he could do just that, and the rest of his Giants teammate gushed over Kirk to end the game.

But the Giants wouldn’t have been in this scenario if Daniel Jones hadn’t turned up the heat in the fourth quarter. With his legs and help from Barkley, Jones had a QB sneak down the goal line to cap a 10-play, 79-yard drive for a 20-17 lead. And during that drive, Jones rushed for a total of 34 yards while Barkley had 28 yards on the ground.

That day, Jones was a 19-for-30 pass for 202 yards and a touchdown, which was a perfectly placed 32-yard pass to Darius Slayton on the game’s first drive for a touchdown. But what was even more impressive was Jones’ 107 yards on 11 rush attempts, while Barkley had 110 yards on 24 carries.

The New York Giants defense celebrates after a fourth quarter stoppage against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on October 23, 2022 in Jacksonville, Florida.

The New York Giants defense celebrates after a fourth quarter stoppage against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on October 23, 2022 in Jacksonville, Florida.
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Rushing was also the name of the game for Jacksonville as Travis Etienne Jr. rushed for 114 yards on his first career touchdown with 14 carries. His longest streak was 49 yards.

It was also a bit of a revenge game for Evan Engram, the Giants’ former first-round pick, who had four catches for 67 yards. Unfortunately for him and the Jaguars, he couldn’t seal it with a win.

With four straight wins, the Giants will aim to continue that against Geno Smith and the Seattle Seahawks ahead of the ever-vociferous 12th man in the West.

New York Giants' Daniel Jones #8 runs the ball during the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on October 23, 2022 in Jacksonville, Florida.

New York Giants’ Daniel Jones #8 runs the ball during the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on October 23, 2022 in Jacksonville, Florida.
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As for Jacksonville, they will travel to London next week to take on the Denver Broncos overseas.

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