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Instant Analysis: Giants fall to Chargers, 37-21


AT A GLANCE: The Giants, who trailed by 30 points before adding two late touchdowns, fell 37-21 to the Chargers in Los Angeles. Big Blue dropped to 4-9 on the season while Los Angeles improved to 8-5.

UP NEXT: The Giants host the NFC East-leading Cowboys in Week 15, their lone home game in the middle of a five-week stretch spent predominantly on the road. The Giants lost the first leg of the season series by 24 points in Week 5 at AT&T Stadium.


*Quarterback Daniel Jones was inactive for a second straight week because of the neck injury he suffered against Philadelphia on Nov. 28. Mike Glennon started for Jones, as he did in last week's loss in Miami. Glennon cleared the NFL concussion protocol on Friday afternoon.

*Wide receiver Kadarius Toney (oblique) missed his third consecutive game. Fellow receivers Kenny Golladay (rib) and Sterling Shepard (quad) were questionable heading into Sunday but were cleared to play. Shepard had not played since Week 8 and caught two passes for 27 yards.

*A week after scoring a season-low nine points, the offense had just seven through the first 55 minutes of Sunday's game while the Chargers built a 30-point lead.

*Veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph had just 19 catches for 165 yards in 11 games entering Sunday. He had 60 yards on one catch alone in Los Angeles, setting up the Giants' first touchdown drive. It was the longest play of Rudolph's career, which spans 152 games over 11 seasons.

*Glennon completed 17 of 36 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. He was strip-sacked by Pro Bowl defensive end Joey Bosa for another turnover. Glennon also recorded the first rushing touchdown of his career with 1:18 left in the game.

*Saquon Barkley rushed for a season-high 64 yards on 16 carries and caught three passes for 31 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach.


*The Giants' struggles in the final two minutes of halves culminated Sunday on Justin Herbert's 59-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Guyton with 17 seconds left in the second quarter. It came a week after they allowed a touchdown to the Dolphins with 26 seconds remaining in the first half. Los Angeles took a 24-7 lead on the play and received the ball to start the second half.

*Herbert, who is closing in on Dan Marino's record for most touchdown passes in NFL history by a player over his first two seasons, threw three more as the Chargers dominated the time of possession for more than 34 minutes (18 in the first half).

*The Chargers were tied for the NFL lead in fourth-down conversions heading into the game, a point of emphasis in the Giants' meetings rooms this week. The situation came up for the first time in the second quarter, when the Giants seemingly stuffed a fourth-and-one at the five-yard line. The Chargers, however, were penalized for a false start, which pushed them back five yards and allowed them to settle for a short field goal and a 17-7 lead at the time.

*Defensive lineman Leonard Williams left early in the second quarter with an elbow injury and did not return.

*Cornerback Adoree' Jackson (quad) was inactive for the second week in a row.


*Keion Crossen downed a Riley Dixon punt at the four-yard line in the first half. Later in the game, the tandem was part of a fake punt, but Dixon was unable to complete the pass to his target on fourth-and-long at the Giants 38.


NYG: DL Leonard Williams (elbow)

LAC: RB Austin Ekeler (ankle)


NYG: QB Daniel Jones (neck), WR Kadarius Toney (oblique), CB Adoree' Jackson (quad), WR Collin Johnson, OLB Oshane Ximines

LAC: QB Easton Stick, CB Asante Samuel Jr. (concussion), S Alohi Gilman (quad), S Derwin James Jr., RB Larry Rountree III, DL Breiden Fehoko


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