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Film Study: Breaking down Week 16 vs. Ravens

DARIUS-SLAYTON

The Giants lost to the Ravens, 27-13, on Sunday and were outgained by 163 yards in a game that was not closer than two scores from the second quarter on. All advanced statistics are courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

* The Giants' offense did not have many opportunities in the first half. They only snapped the ball four times in the first quarter and held it for 1:43 seconds. The second quarter meant two possessions for a combined 5:39. When possessions are limited, success or failure often comes down to a couple of key plays with the slimmest margins for error.

* The Giants' first possession didn't have much of a chance after consecutive false start penalties turned a third-and-7 into a third-and-17. The Giants' second drive ended with a dropped first down pass that would have converted a third-and-4. Later in the game, a deep incompletion took a potential big play off the board.

* The Giants' third drive in the first half ended when consecutive pass plays thrown into the end zone landed incomplete: On second-and-6 from the Ravens 13, there was a pass into a tight window. On third-and-6, Marlon Humphrey made a great play to dive in front of the receiver to knock the ball away. A flag was thrown for contact, then picked up.

* Leading 20-3 to start the second half, Baltimore let their pass rush loose. After blitzing on only five of 14 pass plays in the first half, the Ravens sent extra pressure on 24 of 39 (61.5%) pass plays in the second half. Their overall pressure rate jumped from 14% in the first half to 36% in the second half. Daniel Jones was not sacked in the first half, then was sacked six times in the second half and the Ravens finished with 11 QB hits.

* The Giants' best chance to stay in the game came on their second third-quarter drive while trailing, 20-3. They got the Baltimore 19 using a combination of quick throws, but consecutive sacks forced them to kick a field goal. They had a chance for a big play on the play prior to those sacks. Matt Judon split two blocks for a five-yard loss on a throwback screen to Sterling Shepard.

* At one point in the second half, the Giants allowed sacks on three consecutive plays. They scored their only touchdown of the game on that drive after it was kept alive by a roughing the kicker penalty.

* The Giants tried to create some chunk plays against an aggressive Ravens defense, but the Giants drew a couple of penalties in the secondary on shots down the field. The Giants also struggled on third down, converting just one of 10 opportunities. The average distance on those opportunities was 12 yards, which explains the poor conversion rate. Only three attempts were for fewer than 10 yards. It was a recipe for failure.

* Sterling Shepard was a bright spot offensively, catching nine of 12 targets for 77 yards. He was able to gain the most consistent separation. The first play we'll show here is a crossing pattern early in the game, then a whip route in the end zone to score the Giants' lone touchdown, and a good run after the catch to convert a third-and-15.

* The Giants' defense could not get off the field in the first half. All four Ravens drives went at least 10 plays for 65+ yards and led to scores. The first Ravens drive featured a lot of heavy formations and was methodical with every play gaining at least one yard, and none gaining more than 13. They only faced one third down (third-and-2) on the drive, which was converted. They won at the line of scrimmage with a series of runs off tackle, play-action passes and Lamar Jackson runs. After 13 plays and 82 yards, they were in the end zone.

* The Ravens only needed one completed pass and two third-down conversions (one and four yards) to travel 65 yards on 10 plays for a touchdown on their second drive. The Giants were victimized by two runs (Jackson scramble and J.K. Dobbins dash) of 15+ yards. Jackson, Dobbins and Gus Edwards each finished with at least 77 rushing yards. The Ravens averaged 6.2 yards per carry and finished with 249 yards on the ground.

* The Ravens managed a field goal after some missed tackles on their third drive, despite putting themselves into two first-and-15 situations. A 25-yard pass to Marc Andrews helped Baltimore score on its fourth and final drive of the half despite receiving the ball on their own 25 with 1:08 remaining in the half.

* The Ravens converted all but one of their seven third-down opportunities in the first half. All of their attempts were of four yards or fewer.

* The Giants managed a stop on the Ravens' first drive of the second half, thanks to Cam Brown's shoe-string tackle on a Jackson scramble. The Ravens scored a touchdown five second into the fourth quarter after a seven-play, 59-yard drive to make the score, 27-6. The Ravens only threw two passes the rest of the game, but still managed to get into the red zone on their final drive before Jackson fumbled a snap on second-and-goal from the 1.

* The Giants gave up six plays (three passes and three runs) of 20+ yards.

* The Giants' pass rush was quiet, managing pressure on only nine of the Ravens' 29 pass snaps with no sacks and only three quarterback hits. Leonard Williams led the team with five total pressures, including one quarterback hit and four hurries. The Giants weren't credited with a pass deflection or tackle for loss.

View photos from the Week 16 matchup between the Giants and Ravens in at M&T Bank Stadium.

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