The New York Giants beat the visiting Chicago bears 22-16 to extend their winning streak to five games. It hasn’t been easy – winning by margins of seven points or fewer – but the G-Men have found a way to do whatever necessary to get another W in the books.
Fans prepared for the worst early in the game after Bears QB Jay Cutler thread the needle to connect with veteran TE Zach Miller in the end zone on the first drive of the game. It was an arduous half for both sides though, as highlighted by each team’s kicker.
Following Miller’s touchdown, kicker Connor Barth missed the extra point, and eventually finished 1-for-2 in both PATs and FGs. The Giants responded on the next drive, completing their push up the field with a Rashad Jennings touchdown. Unfortunately, Big Blue’s luck wasn’t much better, as Giants kicker Robbie Gould (formerly of the Bears) missed a PAT of his own and finished 1-for-3 in points after, though he did make his lone GF attempt.
After allowing 16 points at the half, the Giants secondary had enough. Whatever was said at halftime worked, because New York shut Chicago down for the remainder of the game.
While the Giants’ offense chipped away to get back in the lead, their defense stepped up the pressure.
The same names that stood out for big plays for the defense made sure their names were called again. In the fourth quarter, Chicago’s offense had one giant bullseye painted on their backs. Jay Cutler was sacked four times by a combined effort of Johnathan Hankins, Olivier Vernon, and Jason Pierre-Paul who really stood out with 2.5 sacks.
Then, it was none other than Landon Collins who drove the final nail in Cutler’s coffin, reading where Cutler intended to throw and grabbing an interception (making this his fourth straight game to record a TD) to seal the game.
As Collins and the Giants continues to make big plays and find their groove, New York continues to emerge as one of the most complete teams in the NFC. The G-Men look to keep their hot streak going as they travel to Cleveland in hopes of extending their winning streak to seven games.