NY Giants rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta apologized Tuesday for his actions and decision-making in last week’s traffic incident.
Art Stapleton, Staff Writer, @art_stapleton
EAST RUTHERFORD – Bad teams find ways to give wins away.
The New York Giants are still a bad team.
But they finally found a way to win one.
Sure, they teased you for a while Sunday, teetering on breaking your heart time and again, but when it mattered most, they closed out a playoff contender.
And when Janoris Jenkins’ knocked away Chase Daniel’s final fourth-down heave with under three minutes remaining in overtime, the Giants were able to celebrate Sunday’s 30-27 triumph over the Bears.
The Bears scored 10 points in the final 1:13, including recovering an onside kick that Odell Beckham Jr. seemingly had a chance to recover, and then stunning all of MetLife Stadium with their version of the Philly Special gadget play to ultimately force overtime.
The Bears faced a first and goal from the 1 with three seconds left, trailing 27-20.
Chase Daniel took the snap and handed off to tight end Trey Burton – who threw the game-winner on the Philly Special in the Super Bowl. Burton flipped the ball on a reverse to running back Tarik Cohen, who fired a strike to Anthony Miller in the end zone.
Aldrick Rosas kicked a 44-yard field goal with 5:57 remaining in overtime for the Giants (4-8). The Bears (8-4) saw their five-game winning streak come to an end.
Cornerback B.W. Webb forced a fumble with 2:19 remaining after a catch by Bears receiver Taylor Gabriel and rookie Sean Chandler recovered to seal the triumph.
The Giants got a touchdown pass and a touchdown catch from Odell Beckham Jr. and two interceptions from linebacker Alec Ogletree, including a Pick 6 that opened the scoring 46 seconds into the game.
The Giants also apparently dodged a bullet when rookie running back Saquon Barkley went off with an injury to his right arm. Trainers were seen working on his right shoulder on the bench before Barkley was taken inside the medical tent for further evaluation.
Barkley did return to the game and finished with 110 total yards from scrimmage, the 11th time in 12 games that he went over the century mark.
Two TDs in 3rd quarter for OBJ
Odell Beckham Jr. threw a touchdown pass early in the third quarter, his second of the season, to give the Giants the lead.
Then he was back to doing what he does best the next series, catching a touchdown from Eli Manning on a fourth-and-goal play, and suddenly Big Blue has a commanding 24-14 lead.
Pat Shurmur had great play design on the fourth down call at the goal line. Eli Manning showed faith in the play and in Beckham, and took a hit just after flipping the ball to where he expected his receiver to be. Beckham was wide open, caught his sixth touchdown of the season and the Giants went up by 10.
Earlier, it was Beckham’s second touchdown pass of the season – a 49-yarder to Russell Shepard – that gave the Giants a 17-14 edge. Aldrick Rosas has a pair of extra points and a 57-yard field goal – the longest in franchise history – as time expired just before halftime.
Defense hurting itself
At its best, the Giants’ defense makes game-changing plays.
That showed up 46 seconds into the game when Alec Ogletree picked off a Chase Daniel pass and rumbled 8 yards for a touchdown.
At its worst? Giants safety Curtis Riley whiffed on one of the easiest interceptions you’ll ever see. It’s as bad of a play as they have not made. The Giants did not respond, and the Bears cashed in with a touchdown pass from Daniel to tight end Adam Shaheen.
The Bears were driving after Eli Manning threw an interception on a slant intended for Odell Beckham Jr., but Ogletree came through again, this time snaring a Beckham-like one-handed pick to keep the game even. Tarik Cohen had come out of the backfield and was wide open running up the seam, and Daniel threw a good ball, too, but Ogletree thwarted a potential touchdown.
Both Bears scoring drives should have ended and the Giants should have been off the field, but a penalty on Mario Edwards kept the series alive.
Kyle Lauletta active for the first time as backup
Kyle Lauletta finally gets to wear an uniform on game day.
The rookie quarterback for the New York Giants is active for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, a bit of a surprise as he will serve as the backup to Eli Manning with Alex Tanney – QB2 all season – on the inactive list.
Lauletta was granted another chance from the Giants to show he can learn from last month’s traffic incident that called his decision-making and his character into question.
Now that was up to Lauletta to prove he deserved one, and apparently he has.
An emotional Lauletta issued a public apology at his locker for the actions that led to his arrest stemming from charges that he allegedly drove his vehicle carelessly through traffic, endangering police that tried to stop him as he attempted to avoid being late to work at the Giants’ training facility.
“The incident that happened last week is a terrible representation of who I am and what I stand for,” said Lauletta, who was not suspended by the team for his recent arrest and traffic charges.
Lauletta, 23, last played for the Giants in the team’s preseason finale against the Patriots. It’s likely he will not see action against the Bears unless the game gets out of hand on the scoreboard.
More to come on this developing story and in-game updates/analysis throughout the day.
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Art Stapleton, Staff Writer, @art_stapleton