In a game that saw a slow-moving Giants offense, rookie RB Saquon Barkley provided one bound that resulted in six points.
The Giants were trying to make it a game in the fourth quarter, and they had a great opportunity to cut the Saints' lead with the ball on the one-yard line. Eli Manning handed the ball off to Barkley, who leaped over the line for his third touchdown of the season.
Barkley admitted after the game that his jump to propel himself into the end zone wasn't designed.
"It's not really designed to go over the top," he said. "I just wanted to find a way to get in the end zone. I'm always believing. I don't care if we're down by two, three touchdowns, I'm still believing that we're able to come back and win that game. I knew that getting into the end zone right there and being able to get a two-point conversion, it's a one score game, so whatever it took to find a way to get in to the end zone. I came short the first time and I didn't want to be denied the second time.
Other than that play, though, Barkley was quiet in this one. He had a 28-yard run in the second half, where he bounced to the outside and had room to run. But he only finished with 44 rushing yards on 10 carries. Through the air, he was a little more effective with 56 yards on six receptions.
Barkley, who already has 453 scrimmage yards this season (260 rushing, 193 receiving), sees this Giants offense on the verge of doing great things this season. That's why he isn't worried about owning a 1-3 record through the first four games.
"Yeah, I do believe that we're very close. I do believe that we're still talented. I still believe that the sky is the limit. We have to continue to believe in each other, continue coming to work. Start over right now. Come in to Monday, take the good, leave with the bad and continue growing."