Raiders vs Giants, Sunday, November 7, 2021 at MetLife Stadium at 1:00 PM EST
In one of many upsets this week around the NFL, the Raiders lost to the Giants 23-16 at MetLife Stadium in a close game.
The NFL celebrated Armed Forces Weekend and paid tribute with American patriotism as the players wore NFL logos with “salute stripes” on the back of their helmets or on their jerseys. The players appreciate what the United States Military represents for the country and for the people.
It represents a tough group of people who choose to sacrifice their livelihood to defend American freedom and life. Besides the NFL, a majority of the American people give its gratitude to these brave people. On Veteran’s Day, November 11, the country comes together in support of the troops.
Things were off to a rough start early as the Giants capitalized first on a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Daniel Jones to tight-end Evan Engram. Kicker Graham Gano’s extra point gave the Giants an early 7-0 lead.
That early score indicated that the NY Giants (2-6) were playing to upset the Las Vegas Raiders (5-3). The Raiders answer back on a 10-play, 73-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr to Hunter Renfrow tying the score at 7-7.
The Giants fumble the ball after just one play on their next drive, which leads to a Raiders field goal, by kicker, Daniel Carlson. That gave the Silver and Black a 10-7 lead after the first quarter of play.
In the second quarter, the Giants drove down to the Raiders 17, and tied the score at 10-10 on a field goal by Gano with 3:24 left to play.
The Raiders kicked a field goal next, leading 13-10 after the first half. The Raiders, only up by 3, let a struggling Giants team hang around in the game.
McKinney Intercepts Carr’s Pass and takes it to the house for a 41-yard touchdown
A key moment in the game was when Giants safety Xavier McKinney intercepted Carr’s pass and he took it to the house 41-yards for a touchdown, giving the Giants the lead back at 17-13.
When it looked like the Raiders would add to their lead, Carr made a costly mistake that came back to haunt them in the end.
The Raiders got the ball back, but were held to a field goal, cutting the Raiders deficit to 17-16.
Then, the Giants added two more fields goal in each quarter, holding off the Raiders to upset them 23-16.
With the loss, the Raiders fall to 5-3, but look to rebound next week when they face Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs (5-4) at home next Sunday. Tune in next week to watch the game at 5:30 p.m. PT on NBC or stream it live on Peacock.
Raiders fans, don’t feel bad about this game. The Raiders overlooked the Giants, and we know that in any sport, anybody can beat anyone on any given day. Plus, this was a week of upsets around the league, and some of these teams were hungry after the trade deadline to turn their seasons around.
We will bounce back. Hang on to your seats as it will be a great game.
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