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Instant Analysis: Giants fall to Rams, 38-11

FINAL-SCORE

AT A GLANCE: The New York Giants scored on the first drive of the game, but it was all Rams after that. Los Angeles scored 38 unanswered points as part of a 38-11 victory at MetLife Stadium.

UP NEXT: The Giants (1-5) finish up a two-game homestand with a visit from Sam Darnold and the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. Big Blue will then have an extra day to prepare for a Monday night road matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 8.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE

*The Giants ruled out three players on Friday's final injury report. Running back Saquon Barkley (ankle), wide receiver Kenny Golladay (knee), and linebacker Justin Hillard (Achilles/placed on injured reserve) did not suit up on Sunday.

Meanwhile, quarterback Daniel Jones, who suffered a concussion last week in Dallas, was cleared to play after an examination by an independent neurological consultant. He increased his workload throughout the practice week, from a non-participant Wednesday to limited work Thursday to full capacity Friday.

The Giants also listed four players as questionable for Sunday: starting left tackle Andrew Thomas (foot), offensive lineman Ben Bredeson (hand), and wide receivers Darius Slayton (hamstring) and Kadarus Toney (ankle). Slayton and Bredeson appeared on the gameday inactive list.

*Thomas returned to the starting lineup at left tackle. The second-year pro suited up last week but did not play as he dealt with a foot injury. Nate Solder moved back to right tackle, where he started against the Rams. Solder suffered a finger injury on the opening drive but returned to the game. Thomas later injured his ankle and did not return.

*Jones' return started with a strip-sack on the first snap of the game; however, guard Will Hernandez recovered the fumble as Jones led the Giants on a 14-play, 73-yard drive that resulted in a short field goal and early 3-0 lead. The Giants allowed 38 unanswered points after that.

*Running back Devontae Booker, who scored two touchdowns last week after replacing the injured Barkley in Dallas, made his eighth career start and first with the Giants. He had 41 yards on 12 carries.

*A week after setting the franchise rookie record with 189 receiving yards, first-round pick Kadarius Toney caught three passes for 36 yards on the Giants' opening drive. But the breakout rookie was ruled out shortly after that due to his ankle.

*The Giants entered with just five giveaways in five games but turned the ball over four times against the Rams (three interceptions and a fumble by Jones). Likewise, the Giants had gone two weeks without allowing a sack but gave up four on Sunday.

The Giants honored the 2011 Giants team in a special halftime ceremony during Sunday's game against the Rams.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE

*Assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Patrick Graham wasn't predicting anything, but he said sometimes things "come in waves" when asked this week about Leonard Williams. The veteran defensive lineman had 1.5 sacks through five games, which was not far off from his 2020 campaign (2.0 through five games). Williams had 1.5 sacks on Sunday alone as it was around this time in 2020 when he shifted into gear and had the best season of his career.

*Williams' performance was one of the few bright spots against Matthew Stafford and company. The Rams scored 38 unanswered points, including four touchdown passes by Stafford.

*The Giants entered with a league-high 51 points surrendered in the final two minutes of halves. The Rams added to it on Stafford's 25-yard touchdown pass to Darrell Henderson Jr. with 33 seconds left in the first half. The Giants have allowed at least 30 points in three of their six games, including 44 to the Cowboys last week.

*Second-year safety Xavier McKinney grabbed two interceptions, one off Stafford and another from the arm of backup John Wolford when the game was out of reach.

Check out the best photos from the New York Giants' Week 6 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT SPECIAL TEAMS

*Early in the week, Joe Judge said he has a lot of respect for Rams special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis. "He is a very unconventional coach," said Judge, a former special teams coordinator, "and I say that with high compliments." DeCamillis showed his aggression on a fake punt in the second quarter. On fourth-and-11 and the Giants 42, Johnny Hekker lobbed a pass to an uncovered Ben Skowronek for a 15-yard gain; however, offsetting unsportsmanlike conduct penalties forced the Rams to replay the down and punt the ball away.

INJURY REPORT

NYG: WR Kadarius Toney (ankle), OT Nate Solder (finger), OT Andrew Thomas (ankle), WR C.J. Board (forearm), DT Danny Shelton (pectoral)

LAR: TE Johnny Mundt (knee), RB Jake Funk (hamstring), WR Van Jefferson (evaluated for concussion)

INACTIVES

NYG: RB Saquon Barkley, WR Kenny Golladay, CB Josh Jackson, OL Ben Bredeson, WR Darius Slayton, LB Quincy Roche

LAR: QB Bryce Perkins, LB Chris Garrett, OT Tremayne Anchrum, NT Bobby Brown, TE Brycen Hopkins, OT Alaric Jackson

View photos of the Giants arriving at MetLife Stadium for their Week 6 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams.

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