Give the game ball to former Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale. He now works for the New York Giants, and he seemed to know exactly when to call in extra pressure on Lamar Jackson.
The Giants (5-1) stunned another opponent as Julian Love‘s interception and 27-yard return set up Saquon Barkley‘s 1-yard touchdown dive with 1:43 to play in a 24-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
The Ravens (3-3) blew a late lead in a game for the third time this season.
“We’re not shocked that we find ways to win,” said Giants QB Daniel Jones, who threw for 173 yards and two touchdowns. “I think we’re confident in what we can do. And we’re confident in our toughness, our ability to compete and find ways to win down the stretch.”
There is still a lot to work on for the Giants. Baltimore outgained New York 406 yards to 238. The difference was the Giants got contributions from all three phases. New York’s only turnover was a meaningless lost fumble on the final play of the first half.
“That’s the biggest story for us, is winning the game at the end of the game,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “Making the plays that need to be made, and not making the errors that cost you an opportunity to win the game.”
New York’s defense, led by Baltimore’s former coordinator Wink Martindale, forced two turnovers by Lamar Jackson late in the fourth quarter. After Barkley’s go-ahead score, rookie Keyvon Thibodeaux sacked Jackson and forced a fumble that Leonard Williams recovered.
Barkley prevented the Ravens from getting the ball back when he went down after getting a first down instead of walking into the end zone.
Baltimore collapsed against Miami in Week 2, allowing four touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a 42-38 loss. The Ravens also blew an early 17-point lead against Buffalo in Week 4, when a late interception by Jackson gave the Bills an opportunity to drive for the game-winning field goal.
The Ravens seemed to have a stranglehold on the game when Jackson had a third-down sneak to the Baltimore 46 for an apparent first down. An illegal formation nullified the play and a premature shotgun snap on third-and-5 went past Jackson. He picked up the ball deep behind the line of scrimmage, and his desperation pass was intercepted by Love and returned to the 13.
“It’s frustrating because we’re losing these games,” said Jackson, who threw for 210 yards and had 77 of the Ravens’ 211 yards rushing. “It happened. It’s over with. We have to move on to the Browns. We just can’t keep beating ourselves up because that’s what it is. It’s not our opponent.”
On a third-and 3 from the Baltimore 3, cornerback Marcus Peters was called for pass interference in the end zone, nullifying his interception. Barkley dived over the goal line on the next play.
Jackson appeared to be getting the better of Martindale’s defense before the Giants stepped up late, sparked by their first interception of the season.
Despite outgaining Giants 256 yards to 90 in the opening half, Baltimore led by only 10-7.
Mark Andrews finished with seven catches for 106 yards. He now has 302 career catches, the fourth Raven to hit the 300 plateau. The 100-yard game was the ninth, tying him with Mark Clayton for the franchise record.
Barkley finished with 22 carries for 83 yards. He also had three catches for 12 yards. … Bellington led the Giants with five catches for 38 yards. … Robinson had three catches for 37 yards and his first career touchdown in his return to the lineup after missing the last four games with a knee injury.
Giants: C Jon Feliciano injured a groin in the second half but came back.
|Passing 1st downs||13||11|
|Rushing 1st downs||10||5|
|1st downs from penalties||0||2|
|3rd down efficiency||4-10||7-14|
|4th down efficiency||0-0||0-0|
|Yards per Play||7.0||3.8|
|Yards per pass||5.7||5.0|
|Yards per rush||8.8||2.7|
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||1-3||3-5|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|