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Instant Analysis: Cardinals 23, Giants 0

Posted Dec 24, 2017

Giants.com brings you an instant postgame recap of Sunday's game: 


AT A GLANCE

A week after their best offensive performance of the last two seasons, the Giants were shut out in the desert. The Arizona Cardinals defeated Big Blue, 23-0, at University of Phoenix Stadium. With the loss, the Giants fell to 2-13 heading into the season finale.

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UP NEXT

The Giants conclude their 2017 season with a home game on New Year’s Eve against the Washington Redskins, who improved to 7-8 in Week 16 with a 27-11 victory over the Denver Broncos. Big Blue lost the first leg of the series, 20-10, on Thanksgiving night at FedEx Field.

WHAT WE LEARNED ON OFFENSE


*Last week, the Giants, playing against an Eagles team with the league’s best record, exploded with their highest totals in points (29) and yards (504) since the 2015 season. On Sunday, they managed zero points and 293 yards while going 1-for-14 on third down. Quarterback Eli Manning threw two interceptions to safety Antoine Bethea in the first half and lost a fumble on a sack in the fourth quarter, which Robert Nkemdiche returned 21 yards for a touchdown.

*The Giants lost Evan Engram, their star rookie and leading receiver, in the first half due to a rib injury. Entering the game, the first-round draft choice needed 11 more catches to take over the top spot for most by a tight end in Giants history (Jeremy Shockey holds the record with 74 in 2002). Engram caught one pass for 12 yards before exiting in Arizona.

*Rookie running back Wayne Gallman, who had led the Giants in rushing in the previous two games, received his first career start on Sunday and hauled in an 11-yard pass on the first play of the game. Big Blue, however, gained just 43 yards on the ground.

WHAT WE LEARNED ON DEFENSE


*The Giants squared off against quarterback Drew Stanton, who hadn’t played since hurting his knee against Seattle on Nov. 9. Blaine Gabbert had started the previous five games for Arizona. Stanton went 20 of 34 for 209 yards with two touchdowns two interceptions. Both picks were at the hands of Giants cornerback Ross Cockrell, his first two as a member of the Giants.

*Landon Collins, who was recently elected a starter for the 2018 Pro Bowl, did not play the second half due to a forearm injury. He walked off with the trainers late in the second quarter, and on the very next play, Larry Fitzgerald caught a 13-yard touchdown. Fitzgerald, who is No. 3 all-time in receiving yards and receptions, had 100 yards before halftime.

*Defensive end Olivier Vernon recorded a sack for the second consecutive week, stripping Stanton on third down late in the first quarter. The Cardinals, however, were able to recover. The rest of the defensive line came to play, too. Jason Pierre-Paul also notched a sack, and defensive tackle Damon Harrison made two tackles behind the line of scrimmage while holding Arizona to 74 yards rushing.


WHAT WE LEARNED ON SPECIAL TEAMS

*Aldrick Rosas missed wide left on a 33-yard field goal attempt that would have tied the game 3-3 midway through the second quarter. It was his seventh missed field goal attempt of the season (he also has two failed extra points). This came a week after the Giants had a punt, field goal, and extra point blocked by Philadelphia.

INACTIVES

NYG: LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), WR Tavarres King (concussion), QB Davis Webb, OL Damien Mama, DE Romeo Okwara, WR Kalif Raymond, DE Avery Moss

AZ: QB Matt Barkley, WR Chad Williams (illness), ILB Gabe Martin, ILB Josh Bynes (ankle), G Earl Watford (ankle), TE Troy Niklas (ankle), DL Xavier Williams

LINEUP CHANGES

NYG: Kelvin Sheppard for Goodson at MLB; Calvin Munson for Sheppard at WLB; Hunter Sharp for King at WR

AZ: Ricky Seals-Jones for Niklas at TE; Evan Boehm for Watford at RG

INJURY REPORT

NYG: TE Evan Engram (ribs), S Landon Collins (forearm), WR Sterling Shepard (neck)

AZ: ILB Haason Reddick (foot)

GIANTS CAPTAINS

QB Eli Manning, DT Damon Harrison, LS Zak DeOssie