After taking the lead 24-22 with 3:26 remaining in the fourth quarter, they allowed one of the league's worst offenses to drive 55 yards on eleven plays to kick the game-winnng, 43-yard FG with 0:28 left on the clock. Not only did the Giants defense fail in the clutch again, the Jaguars committed two possibly drive-killing penalties that they were able to overcome to keep the drive alive. In addition, the Giants allowed Bortles, who runs about as well as my postman (who is 55 and a heavy smoker) to scramble for 68 yards on five attempts.
Disgraceful is what comes to mind. No way were they tired, having only played 25 minutes and 68 snaps. Just inept and disorganized. DC Perry Fewell is long past his shelf life here. The Giants played a laid-back style that bit them hard in this game. All of the Jaguars' top gains came on either 1st and 10 or 2nd and long. And, again, they gave and the Jags took.
Overall Grade: F
DL: They looked dominant at times, recording seven sacks, their most in a single game since 2010. RB Denard Robinson was held in check, but Bortles was able to get outside for huge gains. As stated, he's not a runner by design, only running to save his own hide. But the Jaguars figured they could trick the Giants by having him test the waters. He did, time and time again.
There was good and then there was bad. That's a C.
LB: Jameel McClain had a nice afternoon with nine tackles (six solo), a sack and a tackle for a loss. Devon Kennard had two sacks. Everyone else should have been charged admission. Kennard looked comfortable rushing the passer. If the Giants' new DC wants to switch to a 3-4, Kennard could be considered as a pass-rushing option.
Some good players in a bad scheme. McClain has been an excellent addition to the defense and has played very well in Jon Beason's absence. Kennard will eventually be an everydown player. But, had they had Jacquian Williams (concussion) for this game, I'm thinking they don't blow this game.
CB: DRC played only 17 snaps. Chykie Brown stepped in and stepped up with seven tackles (five solo), but the overall coverage was fairly weak. The Giants seemed shocked at the speed of the Jaguars' young group of wideouts. Allen Hurns, Cecil Shorts III and Marquise Lee combined for 14 receptions for 152 yards (10.8 YPR). Lee burned Zack Bowman for a 30-yard TD in the third quarter. Lee also had a 22-yard gain on a 2nd and 15 from the JAX 15 on the game-winning drive.
They weren't torched, but, again, did not have an INT and did surrender some big plays in big spots.
S: Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown played every snap. Brown spent most of the day in the box and was useful in containing Robinson, but not Bortles, in the run game. The coverage, again, was a bend-but-don't-break style that allowed the Jags to exploit them for moderate gain on early downs and at key moments.
Both Brown and Rolle had seven tackles. Brown had a sack. They were both out there in reactionary mode, sans the blitz by Brown.