AT A GLANCE: The New York Giants have been no strangers to close games in 2021. This time, there was no heartbreak. After rallying with 11 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to tie the game before the end of regulation, Saquon Barkley scored on a six-yard touchdown run for a 27-21 overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome, where the team had not won since 1993.
UP NEXT: The Giants (1-3) play their second of back-to-back road games, this time taking on the Dallas Cowboys (3-1) in Week 5 (4:25 p.m. ET kickoff). The NFC East rivals split the 2020 season series, but the Giants have not won in Dallas since the 2016 season opener.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE
*The Giants played without three key contributors on offense. Wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton, who sustained hamstring injuries in last week's 17-14 loss to Atlanta, and guard Ben Bredeson (hand) were ruled out for Week 4.
*Matt Skura, whose final season at Duke was Daniel Jones' first with the Blue Devils, made his Giants debut and played left guard as the team started its fourth player at the position in as many games. Shane Lemieux and Nick Gates have both undergone surgeries and were placed on injured reserve.
*Coach Joe Judge said earlier in the week that rookie wide receiver Kadarius Toney's role continues to grow regardless of injuries around him. With Shepard and Slayton out, the electric first-round draft choice showed he can be a handful to bring down as he notched 78 yards on six receptions. The Florida product amassed just four catches for 14 yards in his first three games.
*Wide receiver Kenny Golladay had his most productive day in a Giants uniform, recording a game-high 116 yards on six catches.
*Wide receiver John Ross gained fame years ago with his record 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, and he showed that speed in his first game since being activated from injured reserve. Jones dropped in a perfect pass to the blazing 5-foot-11,194-pounder for a 52-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter. Ross lost the football – and his shoe – as he fell at the goal line, but an official review upheld the touchdown call. Technically, it went down in the record books as a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown.
*It was tough sledding against a Saints defense allowing 60.33 rushing yards per game and 2.78 yards per carry. Saquon Barkley had 52 yards and the game-winning touchdown on 13 attempts, but rushing is just one part of his game. The dynamic running back made things interesting with a 54-yard score on a pass from Jones, who ran in the two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 21-18 with 6:52 remaining in the fourth quarter. Barkley finished with 74 receiving yards.
*Jones threw for a career-high 402 yards while completing 70.0 percent of his passes.
*The Giants' first two touchdown drives were one play apiece.
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WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE
*Middle linebacker Blake Martinez, a team captain and the defensive signal-caller, was placed on injured reserve this week after suffering a season-ending knee injury. Like he did mid-game last week, Tae Crowder stepped in and wore the green dot on his helmet, signifying the player who receives the calls from the sideline.
*The Saints controlled the time of possession for more than 20 minutes in the first half, but the Giants got off the field in key situations to hold them to seven points heading into the locker room. However, the final two minutes continued to plague the team. The Giants had allowed 27 points in the final two minutes of halves – 21 in the first half, six in the second – which was the most in the NFL through three games. Jameis Winston found Juwan Johnson for a 15-yard touchdown with 23 seconds remaining in the second quarter to tie the game 7-7.
*Compounding the problem, the Saints marched 75 yards on just three plays on the first drive of the second half. It was propelled by a 58-yard pass from Winston to wide receiver Marquez Callaway and capped by an eight-yard Taysom Hill touchdown run in which he spun and broke multiple tackles.
*Winston had a 46-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kenny Stills nullified by a holding penalty, and on the very next play, Giants cornerback intercepted Hill on a deep pass attempt. It was the second interception of the season for Bradberry, a 2020 Pro Bowler. Instead of the Saints taking a double-digit lead late in the third quarter, the Giants got the ball back down by four points.
*New Orleans ranked second in red-zone touchdown efficiency, scoring touchdowns on 88.9 percent of their trips inside the 20-yard line. On Sunday, they were 3-for-3.
WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT SPECIAL TEAMS
*For the first time since Sept. 20, 2020, Graham Gano missed a field goal attempt, hooking a 35-yarder wide left early in the second quarter of a scoreless game. Gano, who had made 37 consecutive field goal attempts, entered Sunday with the NFL's longest active streak and was tied for the fourth-longest all-time. Adam Vinatieri (Indianapolis, 2015-16) holds the league record with 44. Gano started his next streak with a 23-yard make in the third quarter before tying the game on a 48-yarder with 31 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
NYG: S Jabrill Peppers (hamstring)
NO: WR Tony Jones Jr. (ankle)
NYG: OL Ben Bredeson (hand), WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring), WR Darius Slayton (hamstring), CB Josh Jackson, CB Sam Beal, DE Raymond Johnson
NO: C Erik McCoy (calf), OT Terron Armstead (elbow), QB Ian Book, CB Desmond Trufant, DE Montravius Adams, WR Lil'Jordan Humphrey