AT A GLANCE: With both teams searching for their first victory of the season, the Atlanta Falcons defeated the New York Giants, 17-14, on a 40-yard Younghoe Koo field goal as time expired. It was the second consecutive loss for the Giants at the last second as they fell to 0-3 on the season.
UP NEXT: After Hurricane Ida displaced the team from their home stadium, the New Orleans Saints received clearance to return to the Caesars Superdome and will host the Giants in Week 4. The Saints, who were on the road in Weeks 2 and 3, were diverted to TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville for their home game to open the season.
Check out the best photos from the New York Giants' Week 3 contest against the Atlanta Falcons.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE
*Evan Engram made his 2021 debut. The 2020 Pro Bowl tight end suffered a calf injury in the preseason finale and missed the first two games of the regular season. He was limited this week in practice and listed as questionable heading into Sunday's game against the Falcons. Wide receiver Kenny Golladay was also questionable with a hip injury and played, giving Daniel Jones a full lineup of weapons for the first time this season. It didn't last long, though, as wide receivers Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard left in the first half with hamstring injuries. Shepard entered Week 3 tied for the NFL lead in receptions.
*Engram's return was marred when Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver stripped the ball from the tight end late in the first half. Oliver recovered the fumble in Giants territory after Atlanta had taken a one-point lead.
*The Giants' offensive line shuffle continued as the starting lineup in Week 3 consisted of LT Andrew Thomas, LG Ben Bredeson, C Billy Price, RG Will Hernandez, and RT Nate Solder. In the Thursday night loss to Washington, Nick Gates had switched from center to left guard before suffering a serious leg fracture. Guard Shane Lemieux was also placed on injured reserve hours before that game.
*Running back Devontae Booker was inactive despite not appearing on the injury report earlier in the week. That put more on the plate of Saquon Barkley, who recorded 11 touches on 29 snaps in Week 1 and ran the ball 13 times and caught three passes on 58 plays in Washington. That all occurred in a five-day stretch after Barkley hadn't played in a game in nearly a year since suffering his knee injury. Barkley said the extended break following the Thursday night game would help him in his recovery, and he responded by scoring his first touchdown of the season on Sunday. Barkley leapt over the pile for a one-yard touchdown that put the Giants ahead 14-7 (Daniel Jones ran in the two-point conversion attempt) early in the fourth quarter.
*Jones completed 24 of 35 passes for 266 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
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WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE
*While they forced a punt on the Falcons' first possession, the Giants lost middle linebacker and captain Blake Martinez to a knee injury. He did not return and was replaced by second-year pro Tae Crowder as the defensive signal-caller.
*The Giants gave up their first points when Matt Ryan found Olamide Zaccheaus in the middle of the end zone on a four-yard touchdown pass with 1:33 left in the first half. The drive was propelled by an unnecessary roughness penalty called on second-year safety Xavier McKinney.
*After Engram fumbled, the Giants were forced into a sudden change of possession in their own territory. Azeez Ojulari came up big with a strip-sack of Ryan, and Lorenzo Carter recovered the ball to prevent the Falcons from tacking onto their one-point halftime lead. Last week, Ojulari became the first player in franchise history to record a full sack in each of his first two games. The record has now been extended by at least one more week.
*Ryan orchestrated a seven-play, 58-yard drive to set up the game-winning field goal.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT SPECIAL TEAMS
*Graham Gano extended his Giants-record streak to 37 consecutive successful field goal attempts, making two attempts on Sunday from 25 and 31 yards. His most recent miss was a 57-yard try at Chicago on Sept. 20, 2020.
NYG: LB Blake Martinez (knee), WR Darius Slayton (hamstring), WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring)
ATL: DL Marlon Davidson (ankle)
NYG: CB Josh Jackson, RB Devontae Booker, CB Sam Beal, DB Nate Ebner, LB Justin Hilliard
ATL: WR Russell Gage, CB A.J. Terrell, RB Wayne Gallman, TE Parker Hesse, DL John Cominsky, WR Frank Darby