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Deja Big Blue: Giants blow another late 10-point lead, lose to Falcons

Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants

Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants looks on in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

For the second week in a row, the Giants blew a 10-point lead and were unable to stop an opposing offense in the final two minutes as they lost to the Falcons, 24-20. A week after collapsing against the Cowboys, the Giants showed that they can make the same kinds of mistakes at home, dropping to 0-2 in their MetLife Stadium 2015 debut on Sunday.

It's the third straight season the Giants have opened with at least two straight losses.

Devonta Freeman scored on a 1-yard run to cap a seven-play, 70-yard drive that took just 1:58 and gave Atlanta a 24-20 lead with 1:14 remaining. A 37-yard pass from Matt Ryan to Julio Jones originally ruled a touchdown set up the game-winning score.

The Giants' last chance ended when Eli Manning's fourth-down pass from the 50 floated over the head of Larry Donnell and was dropped by Preston Parker.

It was a terrible reversal for the Giants, who seemed to be in complete control of the game. All it took for the Giants to record their first touchdown drive of the season (that 1-yard "drive" against Dallas in the opener doesn't count) was Odell being Odell. The second-year receiver had already electrified the home crowd with a diving, over-the-shoulder catch and a few other more routine grabs when Beckham caught a slant and converted it into a 67-yard touchdown to tie the score at 10 with 3:19 left in the first half. The Giants added a field goal at the end of the half to make it 13-10 and then scored on a 10-yard pass from Manning to Donnell to go up 20-10 on the first drive of the third quarter.

With the Giants driving to increase their lead, though, Manning was sacked from behind by Kroy Biermann and fumbled the ball. The Falcons recovered the ball, denying the Giants at least a 13-point lead and possibly a 17-point one late in the third quarter, and drove 91 yards to close to 20-17 with 12:39 left. Ryan hit Leonard Hankerson over a leaping Trumaine McBride for the 10-yard touchdown.

The Giants suffered several injuries that could impact their personnel in a short week with a home game against Washington on Thursday night. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie suffered a stinger on the game's first snap, returned later in the first quarter, then left with a concussion after getting kicked in the head. He was replaced by Jayron Hosley. Rookie left tackle Ereck Flowers also left the game with an injury, hurting his left ankle in the third quarter. The Giants moved guard Justin Pugh to left tackle and brought John Jerry in at left guard to replace him.

Wide receiver/kick returner Dwayne Harris also left the game late in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury.


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