One look at the New York Giants’ 1-4 record might lead a person to believe they’re absolutely terrible. And they certainly have their faults. But if nothing else, New York has been competitive over the first five weeks of the 2018 NFL season.
Of the Giants’ four losses, three have been by seven points or less, including Sunday’s 33-31 loss to the Carolina Panthers. New York trailed for most of the game before rallying to take the lead on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Saquon Barkley with 1:08 left in the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately for the Giants, the Panthers had one more scoring drive in them. Moments later, Carolina was celebrating a last-second 63-yard field goal from Graham Gano that lifted the Panthers to 3-1 and kept the Giants from handing them their first home loss of the year.
New York certainly isn’t dead because the entire NFC East appears to be down in 2018. The Philadelphia Eagles also lost on Sunday to fall to 2-3, while the Dallas Cowboys entered Sunday night’s game against the Houston Texans at 2-2 and the Washington Redskins are currently 2-1 as they prepare for a Monday night matchup with the New Orleans Saints.
With that said, a win over the Panthers could have been a season changer for the Giants. But despite suffering another close loss, they proved yet again that they have enough playmakers to at least be a tough out for opposing squads.
Despite a Week 5 loss, here’s a look at the Giants’ three best performances against the Panthers on Sunday.
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