Both the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants played in games that went down to the wire in Week 1, but only one of them came out with a win.
New York, trailing the Dallas Cowboys by six in the fourth quarter, put together a nine-play, 54-yard drive capped off by an Eli Manning touchdown pass to Victor Cruz to tie the game. The point-after attempt, hardly a gimmie in today’s NFL, was successful and the Giants earned the win over their NFC East rivals.
The Saints suffered on the back of a gutsy call by Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, who elected to go for a two-point conversion rather than tie the game with an extra point, a gamble typically reserved for the preseason. The move was all about winning, considering the Raiders have little to fear from point-after attempts thanks to having Sebastian Janikowski, one of the top kickers in the league.
With less than a minute to go, the Raiders pulled within one point with a touchdown and then went for two. That conversion was successful when Derek Carr hit Michael Crabtree for a pass in the end zone, leaving the Saints trailing by a point with 47 seconds left on the clock.
There was no comeback, though.
New Orleans ended up on the losing end of a high-scoring shootout, something that’s always surprising when Drew Brees is under center. Brees completed 28 of 42 passes for 423 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. He was sacked just one time and looked every bit the elite quarterback he’s been in the past.
Willie Snead totaled 172 yards receiving, with Brandin Cooks right behind him at 143 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Brees can make it work with any receiver, and he certainly handled his business in that way on Sunday.
Brees and the Saints will try to build on an excellent offensive performance and recover from their loss with a game against the Giants on Sunday.
The Giants simply played a solid game with few mistakes. On defense, they looked much better than they did last season. They held rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott to just 51 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and didn’t allow rookie quarterback Dak Prescott to throw a touchdown pass. It was a definite bend-but-don’t-break defense, and it worked.
On offense, Manning completed 19 of 28 passes for 207 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Picks have been an issue for Manning over the years and they’ll want him to clean those up, but a 3:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio is something the Giants will readily take.
Sunday’s game will be among the many played beginning at 1 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast on FOX, with Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston on commentary. A simulcast of the coverage will be live streamed online at FOX Sports GO, but it will require login credentials from a television or satellite provider.
Below is all you need to watch Sunday’s action between the Saints and Giants.
How to Watch Saints vs. Giants on Sunday
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Announcers: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston