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Instant Analysis: Giants defeat Bears, 20-12


AT A GLANCE: The Giants improved to 3-1 with a 20-12 victory over the Chicago Bears, but they will await the statuses of their two quarterbacks. Daniel Jones suffered an ankle injury late in the third quarter and was momentarily replaced by Tyrod Taylor, who left shortly after to be evaluated for a concussion.

UP NEXT: The Giants play in London for the third time when they face the Green Bay Packers in Week 5. In their 2007 championship season, the Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins, 13-10, before 81,176 fans in Wembley Stadium in the first regular-season NFL game played outside of North America. Nine years later, the Giants edged the Los Angeles Rams, 17-10, in Twickenham Stadium en route to a postseason berth. This year's game against the Packers, who will be the 32nd and last NFL team to play a game in London, will be held at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

View photos from the Giants' Week 4 game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium.


*In a matchup of dual-threat quarterbacks, Daniel Jones found the end zone first on a 21-yard touchdown run, his longest score on the ground since a 34-yarder in Week 10 of the 2020 season. Tight end Tanner Hudson sustained a key block that allowed Jones to get in untouched. Jones ran in another from eight yards in the first half, giving the Giants a 14-6 lead at the time.

*The major storyline, however, turned to the health of their quarterbacks. Jones suffered an ankle injury late in the third quarter and was replaced by backup Tyrod Taylor, who took a hit to the head and was evaluated for a concussion.

*In the emergency situation, running back Saquon Barkley took snaps from the shotgun while Jones returned and first lined up out wide. On the next drive, Jones took the snaps and handed the ball off each time.

*The Giants rushed for 143 yards in the first half, their most since having 170 in the first two quarters of a 2018 meeting with Washington. They finished with 262 as a team.

*Barkley, who entered Week 4 as the NFL leader in yards from scrimmage and second in rushing, led the way with 146 yards on 31 carries.

*Starting right guard Mark Glowinski suffered an ankle injury in the first half.

*Wide receivers Wan'Dale Robinson (knee) and Kadarius Toney (hamstring) were ruled out on Friday's final injury report. Sterling Shepard was placed on injured reserve this week with a torn ACL. Kenny Golladay left in the second half with a knee injury.

*With injuries at the position, wide receiver Darius Slayton stepped up after playing just 18 snaps in the first three weeks. Slayton drew a 40-yard pass interference penalty late in the third quarter, flipping the field and setting up a field goal by Graham Gano.


*The Giants recorded five sacks in the first half alone after having three in the first three games combined. It included a strip-sack by Azeez Ojulari, and rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux recovered the fumble. Jones ran in his second touchdown on the ensuing possession. Defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence also had two sacks.

*The Giants held Chicago to four field goals in the first half and kept them out of the end zone in three trips to the red zone.

*Cornerback Aaron Robinson, who underwent an appendectomy after starting the season opener, returned to action on Sunday but suffered a knee injury in the first half. He did not return. Meanwhile, the Giants played without fellow cornerbacks Cor'Dale Flott (calf) and Nick McCloud (hamstring).

*On Saturday, the Giants signed veteran linebacker Jaylon Smith, who had been on the team's practice squad since Sept. 20, to the active roster. Smith spent time on and off the Giants' practice squad last season. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Notre Dame product played for three teams in 2021 – the Giants, Packers, and Cowboys, who originally took him with the 34th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Smith had 12 tackles and a sack in his time with the Giants. Overall, Smith has played in 74 regular-season games with 58 starts, racking up 330 tackles (21 for loss), 10 sacks, two interceptions, 21 passes defensed, 16 quarterback hits, six forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries. Smith also started two postseason games in Dallas.

*With Leonard Williams (knee) missing his second consecutive game, the Giants elevated defensive tackle Henry Mondeaux from the practice squad. Mondeaux, 6-5 and 280 pounds, was also elevated for Monday night's game against the Cowboys and played 29 snaps on defense. On Sunday, he suffered an ankle injury.


*Richie James lost a fumble on a punt return late in the second quarter, and the Bears recovered in Giants territory. Late in the game, the Giants evened the ledger when Chicago's Velus Jones Jr. muffed a punt with 2:01 left in the fourth quarter. Gary Brightwell recovered the ball for the Giants, who took over in Bears territory.

*Gano made two field goals from 44 and 43 yards to extend the lead in the second half. However, he missed a 37-yard attempt that hit the left upright with 21 seconds remaining on a windy day in East Rutherford.


NYG: G Mark Glowinski (ankle), CB Aaron Robinson (knee), S Julian Love (concussion), DL Henry Mondeaux (ankle), QB Daniel Jones (ankle), QB Tyrod Taylor (evaluated for concussion), OT Evan Neal (neck), WR Kenny Golladay (knee)

CHI: OL Cody Whitehair (knee)


NYG: CB Cor'Dale Flott, CB Nick McCloud, WR Wan'Dale Robinson, WR Kadarius Toney, DL Leonard Williams, ILB Austin Calitro, OT Tyre Phillips

CHI: S Dane Cruikshank, RB David Montgomery, CB Jaylon Johnson, K Cairo Santos, OLB Matthew Adams, OT Ja'Tyre Carter, TE Ryan Griffin


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