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Instant Analysis: Giants win OT thriller

AT A GLANCE: After seeing their 10-point lead erased in the final two minutes of regulation, the New York Giants needed overtime to defeat the Chicago Bears, 30-27, at MetLife Stadium. Aldrick Rosas, who earlier in the game made the longest field goal in franchise history, kicked a 44-yarder to put the Giants ahead, and the defense made one last stand to seal the team’s third victory in four games since the bye week. It ended a five-game winning streak for the NFC North leaders.

UP NEXT: The Giants go on the road to face the Washington Redskins, who took the first leg of the season series with a 20-13 victory in Week 8. Philadelphia (5-6) hosts Washington (6-5) on Monday night as they chase Dallas (7-5) for the NFC East lead.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE:

*The Bears entered with the most takeaways (29) and interceptions (20), and the Giants added another to their totals early on Sunday. Kyle Fuller grabbed his sixth interception on an Eli Manning pass intended for Odell Beckham Jr. near the end of the first quarter. There was no rhythm in the passing game in the first half as Manning completed just three of his first 12 passes for 39 yards and the interception.

*The second half was a different story, a reverse of a week ago when the Giants had one of their best offensive halves in franchise history in Philadelphia. The Giants scored 14 unanswered points in the third quarter to take a 24-14 lead over the Bears. It started with Beckham, who maintained his perfect passer rating with a 49-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Russell Shepard. (Beckham hooked up with running back Saquon Barkley on a similar trick play for a 57-yard touchdown in Week 5 vs. Carolina.) The defense forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession, and the Giants turned it into another touchdown on a one-yard pass from Manning to Beckham on fourth-and-goal.

*With 125 yards on 24 carries, Barkley broke Tuffy Leemans’ franchise record for most rushing yards (830) by a rookie. The record had held since 1936. The sensational rookie briefly exited the game midway through the fourth quarter to be examined, but he returned the next drive. And the Giants needed him. Barkley sprung a 29-yard run to begin overtime and help set up the game-winning field goal.

*Evan Engram missed his second consecutive game after injuring his hamstring in pregame warmups in Philadelphia. Fellow tight ends Rhett Ellison (four receptions for 42 yards) and Scott Simonson (two catches for 25 yards) came up with some clutch catches down the stretch in regulation.

*Defensive Player of the Year candidate Khalil Mack was relatively quiet until sacking Manning with less than four minutes left in the game, pushing the Giants out of field goal range in a one-possession game. Instead, the Giants punted and long snapper made a critical play by downing it at the two-yard line. It led to another key takeaway for the defense.

*Rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta was active for the first time this season. The fourth-round draft pick had not dressed for a game before Sunday as Alex Tanney served as QB2.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE:

*The Giants faced backup quarterback Chase Daniel, who started his second consecutive game in place of injured starter Mitchell Trubisky. The second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft injured his throwing shoulder in Week 11 against the Vikings. On the second play of Sunday’s game – the first throw – Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree jumped in front of Daniel’s pass to the left side, intercepted it, and ran it right yards for a touchdown. It was Ogletree’s third interception of the season, his second pick-six. The other came two weeks earlier against the Buccaneers. Ogletree wasn’t done there. He grabbed another early in second quarter with the Bears driving deep in Giants territory and looking to take the lead.

*Daniel got the Bears on the board with a two-yard touchdown to tight end Adam Shaheen late in the first quarter. The 10-play, 70-yard drive was extended after Giants safety Curtis Riley failed to hold onto an interception on a deep pass. The Bears then took the lead before halftime on a fourth-down play at the goal line, where 6-foot-5, 332-pound defensive tackle Akiem Hicks took the handoff and plunged in for a one-yard touchdown.

*Rookie defensive tackle B.J. Hill had his first multi-sack game with three on Daniel. Olivier Vernon added two more to a defense that now has eight sacks in two games after having 11 in the first 10. Vernon’s second sack was the key defensive play in overtime, setting up a fourth-and-eight at the Bears 40. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins broke up the final pass attempt to seal the game.

*With the Bears needing to go 98 yards to tie the game in regulation, cornerback B.W. Webb forced a fumble on Taylor Gabriel, and safety Sean Chandler recovered at the Bears 13 with 2:19 left to play. But they needed another stand and didn’t get it that time. After the Bears got the ball back and added a field goal, they recovered the onside kick down by seven points. Webb was called for passing interference, setting up a first-and-goal at the one with three seconds remaining. Coach Matt Nagy dug into his bag of tricks, and running back Tarik Cohen threw a touchdown to wide receiver Anthony Miller. They added an extra point to tie the game and send it to overtime.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT SPECIAL TEAMS:

*Aldrick Rosas made the longest field goal in Giants history with a 57-yard boot as time expired in the first half. Ali Haji-Sheikh held the record with a pair of 56-yarders in 1983. Rosas seemed to have sealed the victory with a 37-yard make to put the Giants ahead by 10 points with 1:49 remaining in the game. After adding their own field goal, the Bears’ late-game magic began when Daniel Brown recovered the onside kick with a minute on the clock. Rosas made his third field goal of the afternoon on a 44-yard attempt on the opening drive of overtime.

*Jawill Davis took over punt return duties after Quadree Henderson was placed on injured reserve with a fractured shoulder that he suffered in Philadelphia.

INJURY REPORT: NYG – WR Sterling Shepard (rib), LB Tae Davis (ankle), S Landon Collins (shoulder).

INACTIVES: NYG – TE Evan Engram (hamstring), LB B.J. Goodson (neck), QB Alex Tanney, S Kamrin Moore, OLB Lorenzo Carter (hip), C Evan Brown, DT John Jenkins. CHI – QB Mitchell Trubisky (right shoulder), RB Benny Cunningham (ankle), DB Sherrick McManis (hamstring), WR Kevin White, OL Rashaad Coward, WR Javon Wims, DT Nick Williams

LINEUP CHANGES: NYG – Scott Simonson for Engram at TE, Tae Davis for Goodson at ILB. CHI – Chase Daniel for Trubisky at QB.

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