Going into the week 17 against the Dallas Cowboys there was some uncertainty mainly on which players will return in 2019. Would this be Eli Manning’s last game as Giant quarterback? Will Olivier Vernon be released? Does Landon Collins receive a monster contract or a franchise tag? On the field, it was a different story as the Giants had another crushing defeat.
To illustrate the frustration of Giant followers you just need to look at the Giants first offensive possession against the Dallas Cowboys. Big Blue was able to move the ball down to the Cowboys 6 yard line when Manning threw an interception in the end zone to Chidobe Awuzie. The ability to get close enough but find a way to not close out was the recurring theme on the Giants 2018 season.
Big Blue was committing penalties and turnovers that allowed them to take a 14-0 lead thanks to two touchdown grabs by Blake Jarwin. In a sight that has not been seen as often as needed Eli Manning was able to lead the G-Men on a two-minute drill that was capped off by a one-armed touchdown reception by Cody Latimer for 21 yards to give the G-Men a pulse heading into the half.
In the 2nd half, they were victimized yet again by Jarwin this time from 39 yards giving the Boys a 21-10 lead with 5 minutes left in the 3rd. What looked like a fatal blow for the G-Men was erased on the next drive when Saquon Barkley ran for 68 yards and Evan Engram had a 6-yard touchdown reception and two-point conversion making it a 21-18 game with 1:53 in the 3rd.
In the 4th quarter on the back of Evan Engram and the running of Wayne Gallman, Big Blue got a 25-21 lead with 10:38 left in the 4th quarter. Unfortunately, that lead did not last as Rod Smith’s 1-yard run gave the Cowboys a 28-25 lead with 9:11 left in the 4th quarter. Yet again the Giants offense responded with a high flying Saquon Barkley 2 yard touchdown run at 3:27 left in the 4th quarter that was facilitated by a juggling 31-yard catch by Cody Latimer.
After given a golden opportunity by the Cowboys by recovering a fumble with 3:21 left in the 4th quarter on the Cowboys 18 the Giants settled for a field goal and gave Dallas the ball back. The Cowboys made the G-Men pay when on a 4th and 15 Cole Beasley got one knee down falling out of the end zone that made the score 35-34 and Dallas went for 2 and made the score 36-35. Big Blue had another chance but could not gain a yard as the Giants close their 2018 with the familiar crushing defeat.