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Instant Analysis: Rams 51, Giants 17

Posted Nov 5, 2017

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


AT A GLANCE

The New York Giants fell to the Los Angeles Rams 51-17 at MetLife Stadium, their worst home defeat since losing by the same total (34 points) to Green Bay in 1998. It was the Rams’ first victory over the Giants since 2001, ending a streak of seven consecutive losses to Big Blue.

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UP NEXT

The Giants (1-7) travel to Levi’s Stadium to face the San Francisco 49ers, who were winless heading into their Week 9 game (4:05 p.m. kickoff) against the Arizona Cardinals. The Giants are 16-15 all-time against the 49ers in the regular season, winning five of their last seven meetings.

WHAT WE LEARNED ON OFFENSE


*Playing without Weston Richburg and Justin Pugh, the Giants used their sixth offensive line combination in eight games. From left to right, today’s starting five were Ereck Flowers, John Jerry, Brett Jones, D.J. Fluker, and Bobby Hart.

*Paul Perkins returned from a three-game absence do to a rib injury, but Orleans Darkwa, who averaged 5.8 yards per carry in that time, got the start on Sunday. Darkwa started with an early 24-yard run, but the opening drive came to an abrupt end when Eli Manning was sacked by All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald and lost the football. The Rams capitalized and scored a touchdown on the ensuing possession for the first points of the game. The Giants turned the ball over three times in the first half – two fumbles and an interception.

*The Giants’ wide receiver corps accounted for just seven catches in the two games before the bye, the franchise’s lowest two-game total by receivers since 1996. On Sunday, they combined for nine, including a five-yard touchdown on third-and-goal by Tavarres King, his first career score in the regular season (he had a 43-yard touchdown in last year’s Wild Card game in Green Bay). Sterling Shepard, playing in his first game since suffering an ankle injury in Week 5, had five receptions for 70 yards. Tight end Evan Engram continued his impressive rookie campaign, catching four passes for 70 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

*On a 37-yard completion to Shepard with under 10 minutes left in the game, Manning became the seventh player in NFL history to pass for 50,000 yards (Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Dan Marino, John Elway).

WHAT WE LEARNED ON DEFENSE

*The Giants’ woes on third down reached a new low on Sunday when the defense gave up a 52-yard catch-and-run touchdown from Jared Goff to Robert Woods on third-and-33 early in the second quarter. The Rams entered Sunday as the No. 1 team on third down, converting 49.0 percent of attempts. In addition to the long conversion, the Giants gave up big plays of 67, 44 (twice), and 35 yards in the passing game as well as runs of 44, 36, and 21 yards.

*The Rams entered with the No. 1 scoring offense in the NFC, averaging 30.3 points per game. They nearly got there in the first half alone, taking a 27-10 lead into halftime. Their 51 points were the most allowed by the Giants since they gave up 52 at New Orleans in Week 8 of the 2015 season.

*Goff completed just 14 passes, which went for 311 yards, four touchdowns, and a 146.8 passer rating.


WHAT WE LEARNED ON SPECIAL TEAMS

*Things didn’t go much better on special teams. The Rams blocked Brad Wing’s punt late in the third quarter and recovered the ball on the Giants 18. Three plays later, Gurley ran in his second touchdown for a 48-10 lead.

*Aldrick Rosas made a 50-yard field goal, his second from 50 or more yards this season. However, he also missed a 45-yard attempt wide right before halftime.

INACTIVES

NYG: LB Jonathan Casillas (neck), LB B.J. Goodson (ankle), OL Justin Pugh (back), C Weston Richburg (concussion, placed on injured reserve), DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), DE Kerry Wynn (knee), QB Davis Webb, CB Donte Deayon (ankle)

LAR: QB Brandon Allen, DB Isaiah Johnson, RB Justin Davis, OLB Ejuan Price, OT Andrew Donnal, OT Cornelius Lucas, WR Mike Thomas

LINEUP CHANGES

Orleans Darkwa for Paul Perkins at RB; Brett Jones for Weston Richburg (injured reserve) at C; John Jerry for Justin Pugh at LG; D.J. Fluker for Jerry at RG; Avery Moss for Olivier Vernon at RDE; Calvin Munson for B.J. Goodson at MLB; Keenan Robinson for Jonathan Casillas at WLB

INJURY REPORT

NYG: LB Keenan Robinson (quad)

GAME CAPTAINS

LB Keenan Robinson, S Andrew Adams, RB Orleans Darkwa (QB Eli Manning, LB Jonathan Casillas, and LS Zak DeOssie are season captains)