The Giants play close, exciting games. But they must start winning more of them. On Monday night, they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in MetLife Stadium, 25-23. The Giants’ last three games – a win and two losses – have been decided by a total of four points.
For the second consecutive game, the Giants led in the fourth quarter, holding a 17-15 advantage with 10 minutes remaining. The Bucs jumped ahead, 25-17 before the Giants drove 70 yards in 13 plays, the last a 19-yard touchdown pass from Daniel Jones to Golden Tate with 28 seconds remaining.
The Giants attempted to tie the score on a two-point conversion, but Jones’ pass to Dion Lewis fell incomplete. Rookie safety Antoine Winfield, Jr. seemed to make contact with Lewis and one of the officials threw a flag. But after a long discussion, referee Brad Allen announced that no penalty had been committed.
The Giants’ second straight loss left them 1-7 at midseason. Tampa Bay improved to 6-2.
As they did in their 22-21 loss in Philadelphia in their previous game, the Giants hurt their own cause. Jones threw two second-half interceptions that led to 10 Buccaneers points. And defensive backs Isaac Yiadom and James Bradberry committed costly penalties down the stretch.
The Bucs took the lead on Tom Brady’s eight-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans with 9:02 remaining.