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Instant Analysis: Giants unable to find late-game magic again

DARIUS-SLAYTON

AT A GLANCE

The Giants were the first team in NFL history to start 6-1 or better and have each of their first seven games decided by one possession. But they couldn't conjure that late-game magic in Seattle. After the Giants tied the game with 11:17 to play, the Seahawks scored 14 unanswered points for a 27-13 victory. The Giants fell to 6-2, while the Seahawks improved to 5-3.

UP NEXT

In a four-week span, the Giants traveled to London, Jacksonville, and Seattle. Now they go on their bye. They come out of the break with back-to-back home games against the Texans and Lions before their Thanksgiving Day game in Dallas.

View photos from the Giants' Week 8 game against the Seattle Seahawks.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE

*The Giants started with three consecutive three-and-outs, totaling just three first downs and 46 total yards in the first half. That included just nine net passing yards and one third-down conversion on six attempts.

*No team had more 10-play drives than the Giants entering Sunday, and they used another one of them to tie the game on their first possession of the second half. Daniel Jones marched them 79 yards on 14 plays that chewed up 8:56 off the clock and led to a Graham Gano field goal.

*The Giants had outscored their opponents by 36 points in the fourth quarter this season (second-best in NFL), but they were minus-11 on Sunday.

*Jones, the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week, completed 17 of 31 passes for 176 yards and added 20 more on six carries. He was sacked five times.

*Darius Slayton led the Giants in receiving for the third time in four games, picking up 66 yards on five catches.

*Saquon Barkley, the NFL leader in yards from scrimmage, ran 20 times for a season-low 53 yards, including a one-yard touchdown in the first half.

*The Giants were one of just four teams that started the same five offensive linemen in every game this season, but that streak ended Sunday. The team announced Friday that left guard Ben Bredeson and rookie right tackle Evan Neal are among the six players who will not play in Seattle. The linemen suffered knee injuries last week in Jacksonville. Like they did last week, rookie Joshua Ezeudu and Tyre Phillips replaced the guard and tackle, respectively.

*The Giants announced Thursday they traded wide receiver Kadarius Toney, their 2021 first-round draft choice, to the Kansas City Chiefs, pending Toney passing his physical with the Chiefs. In return, the Giants received Kansas City's compensatory third-round pick and the team's original sixth-round selection in the 2023 NFL Draft. The third rounder is a compensatory choice the Chiefs received after the Chicago Bears hired Ryan Poles as their general manager. Poles had been the Chiefs' executive director of player personnel. "We just thought it was for the best of the team and wish Kadarius well," coach Brian Daboll said.

*Rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger, who has scored three touchdowns this season, did not play after he underwent surgery to repair a fractured eye socket he suffered last week in Jacksonville. It led to the Giants elevating tight end Lawrence Cager from the practice squad.

*Offensive lineman Nick Gates played for the first time since fracturing his left fibula and tibia in Washington on Sept. 16, 2021. Gates, who underwent seven surgeries, was added to the roster this week. He saw time as an extra offensive lineman and helped pave the way for Barkley's touchdown run.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE

*Rookie linebacker Micah McFadden, a fifth-round pick out of Indiana, registered his first career sack with 1:18 remaining in the first quarter. The Giants had three sacks total on Geno Smith, including Leonard Williams' first of the season.

*After the offense punted on its first four possessions, the Giants' defense provided a spark. Cornerback Adoree' Jackson stripped the ball from Tyler Lockett and recovered the ball at Seattle's one-yard line. Saquon Barkley ran in the team's first touchdown of the game on the ensuing possession.

*Smith had thrown a league-high eight deep pass touchdowns (20+ air yards) entering Week 8. Lockett dropped what would have been the ninth on one play, but the wide receiver got redemption with a 33-yard touchdown that gave the Seahawks a 20-13 lead with 9:18 left in the game.

*Veteran safety Landon Collins was elevated from the practice squad for the second consecutive week.

*Outside linebacker Elerson Smith, who injured his lower leg in a training camp practice on Aug. 14, was activated off injured reserve.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE SPECIAL TEAMS

*Jamie Gillan had a busy day at the office with two of his five punts downed inside the 20 in the first half alone. Justin Layne was responsible for pinning one of them at the two-yard line, leading to Jackson's forced fumble and ensuing touchdown by Barkley.

*Richie James lost two fumbles on punt returns in Giants territory. They led to 10 points for the Seahawks, including a touchdown that put them ahead by 14 points with 5:22 left in the game. James suffered a concussion on the second turnover.

IN-GAME INJURY REPORT

NYG: DL Nick Williams (bicep), WR Richie James (concussion)

SEA: C Austin Blythe (knee)

INACTIVES

NYG: WR Kenny Golladay (knee), CB Cor'Dale Flott (calf), OLB Oshane Ximines (quad), LB Austin Calitro, T Evan Neal (knee), TE Daniel Bellinger (eye)

SEA: WR Penny Hart (hamstring), CB Sidney Jones (groin), RB Tony Jones, FS Teez Tabor, ILB Nick Bellore (concussion), T Jake Curhan, DE Myles Adams

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