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Jaguars Hold on Against Giants

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

The New York Giants started a new regime in Week 1 this season, but it seemed as if it the results stayed the same. A muffed punt late in the game cost the New York Giants and it allowed the Jacksonville Jaguars to hang on for a 20-15 victory.

The weather wasn't exactly bright in this game and neither was both offenses. With the Jaguars leading 6-3 in the second-quarter, Blake Bortles threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Yeldon. Yeldon finished with 51 yards rushing on 14 carries. Yeldon also caught three passes for 18 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Leonard Fournette left the game in the second-quarter with a hamstring injury and he did not return. Fournette finished the day with 41 yards rushing on nine carries and had three receptions for 14 yards receiving. Bortles completed 18-of-33 passes for 176 yards one touchdown and one interception. He finished with 42 yards rushing on four carries. Keelan Cole was the Jaguars leading receiver with 54 yards on three receptions.

With the Jaguars leading 13-9 in the fourth-quarter, Myles Jack returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown. He was impressive for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season and he is off to a good start again this season. The Jaguars defensive front did a good job forcing Eli Manning into making a bad throw on that play.

Eli Manning completed 23-of-37 passes for 224 yards and one interception. He rushed for two yards on one carry.

Saquon Barkley scored on a 68-yard rushing touchdown for the Giants later in the fourth-quarter. He finished with 106 rushing yards on 18 carries and a touchdown. Barkley also caught two passes for 22 yards receiving.

Odell Beckham Jr. was the New York Giants leading receiver with 11 catches for 111 yards receiving. He also rushed for -1 yards on one carry. This was the first game that Beckham Jr. appeared since injuring his ankle in a game in Week 5 last season that ended his season early.

Josh Lambo made two field goals for the Jacksonville Jaguars and it was from 39 yards each. Aldrick Rosas made three field goals for the New York Giants and they were from 27, 31, and 44 yards out.

Both defenses showed up to play in Week 1. The Jacksonville Jaguars (1-0) will host the New England Patriots (1-0) next Sunday. The New York Giants (0-1) will be on the road against the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday night.

This article was originally published on @gk18