After three straight losses, the New York Giants finally clinched the win on Sunday in a fourth-quarter battle against the Baltimore Ravens.
The game ball has to go to Odell Beckham Jr. who redeemed himself after an early fumble that set up the Ravens' first TD. Down by three in the third quarter, he stunned the crowd with a long pass from Manning that resulted in a 75-yard touchdown. No analyst or stat based sheet could explain his performance at MetLife stadium. He finished the game with eight catches for 222 yards. Fighting through a hip pointer, OBJ seemed strained, but he continued to battle. Maybe it was divine intervention? If you don't believe me, just ask him. In a post game interview, the star WR said he was able to push through "by the grace of God". Well that, and of course a perfectly orchestrated slant that sealed the deal with a game-winning TD and a proposal to the kicking net.The Giants defense was also tested today and proved to be efficient in crucial times. With a sense of urgency in the third quarter, Jonathan Casillas came through. In a defensive standoff on 4th and goal, Casillas stunned with a big hit that prevented Ravens' WR Terrance West from grazing the end zone.
It is hard to pinpoint one specific person that hindered their efforts, but it's necessary to call out Larry Donnell for trying to make a move, but then getting pushed out of bounds. The guy is 6-foot-6, 265 pounds and it was a crucial third down. Donnell had to put his shoulder down and just get the first down.
There was also some game-changing penalties that once again ruined the Giants' momentum. Jerell Adams was called for offsides on a Ravens punt and Trevin Wade had a pass-interference penalty. Some of the calls were definitely questionable toward the end of the game, but they have to be cautious about their unnecessary penalties.
It will be a game to remember with some big plays that tested the Giants' willingness to battle. Hopefully, the win will boost their confidence as they head to London next week.