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5 things we learned in preseason win over Bengals


The Giants continued their preseason slate Sunday night when they welcomed the Cincinnati Bengals to MetLife Stadium.

After opening last week with a road victory over the Patriots, the Giants continued with a 25-22 comeback win over the Bengals.

Here are five things we learned tonight:

1. Giants come back to beat Bengals

Brian Daboll's squad was down 16-7 heading into the fourth quarter before Davis Webb led a touchdown drive to give the Giants an 18-16 lead. After the Bengals scored with just over three minutes remaining, Webb once again drove the offense down the field and found Alex Bachman for his second touchdown of the quarter to give the Giants their final three-point lead. A few plays later, Cincinnati was set up on the Giants' 48-yard line with nine seconds remaining. Rookie outside linebacker Tomon Fox forced a fumble on Bengals wide receiver Trenton Irwin that defensive back Olaijah Griffin recovered to seal the victory.

2. Injury Report: Kayvon leaves game

The Giants had several players leave Sunday's game with injuries, which started with rookie outside linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux going down in the first half. After the medical team brought the cart out, the rookie was able to walk off the field under his own power. The team ruled him out for the remainder of the game with a knee injury. After the game, Daboll said Thibodeaux will undergo the necessary tests and will have more information on Monday.

In addition, wide receiver C.J. Board left after injuring his ribs while kicker Graham Gano was later ruled out with a concussion, all of which occurred in the first half. Inside linebacker Darrian Beavers then left the game in the second half with a knee injury.

3. QBs efficient in 2022 home debut

As of Friday morning, Daboll was undecided on whether or not Daniel Jones would start Sunday night. Jones did end up starting under center for the Giants, and was efficient in his 2022 MetLife Stadium debut, along with the rest of the team's quarterbacks. Jones completed 14 of 16 passes for 116 yards, adding one rush for five yards. He did throw an interception, but the ball was deflected off his receiver's hands before being caught by the defender. On the Giants' 11-play, 84-yard touchdown drive, Jones connected with David Sills three times for 46 yards.

Tyrod Taylor was next up at quarterback. The veteran completed seven of 11 attempts for 37 yards and had one carry for four yards. Davis Webb then finished the game under center and led the Giants on three scoring drives, including the game-winner. Webb went 22 of 27 for 204 yards and two touchdowns and earned a 122.8 passer rating. The Giants quarterbacks finished the game 43 of 54 for 356 yards and the two touchdowns.

View photos from the home preseason opener between the Giants and Bengals at MetLife Stadium.

4. Bachman, wide receivers shine

Alex Bachman was the star of the game. Bachman led the way for the Giants with 11 receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns, both of which gave the Giants the lead late in the fourth quarter. He caught seven passes for 84 yards and the two scores on the team's final two drives.

David Sills caught five passes for 56 yards, while Collin Johnson recorded three receptions for 41 yards. Keelan Doss made a nice one-handed catch on a pass from Webb and finished with three receptions for 34 yards, while Marcus Kemp added a 17-yard reception on the game-winning drive. Running backs Antonio Williams and Jashaun Corbin also combined for 11 catches for 61 yards.

5. Gillan does a little of everything on ST

Punter Jamie Gillan was one of the Giants' players of the game in last week's win over the Patriots. He followed that up with another strong outing against the Bengals, one in which he did more than his usual punting duties.

Gillan did punt the ball three times Sunday night, pinning Cincinnati inside their own 20-yard line twice. But following the concussion suffered by Gano, Gillan had to fill in at kicker for the Giants. He connected on his lone field goal attempt from 31 yards as safety Julian Love served as the holder, and also made his only extra point attempt following Bachman's second touchdown catch.


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