Last Second FG Sinks Giants In Shootout With Saints
In an incredible 100-point shootout that featured 14 touchdowns, the only field goal attempt of the game came on its final play as Kai Forbath drilled a 50-yard, game-winning kick as timed expired to lift the Saints over the Giants 52-49 in what was an historic scoring day, and a disappointing defeat for Tom Coughlin and Big Blue.
Drew Brees threw for an mind-numbing 511 yards and 7 touchdowns (both career highs), while Eli Manning countered with 350 yards and 6 TDs (a career high), as the two combined for an NFL record 13 TD passes in one game. The Giants also returned a fumble for a score, a play that gave New York a 49-42 fourth quarter lead after the G-Men had trailed by 14 entering the quarter. The 101-points scored marked the third most scored in a single NFL game.
But when Brees answered with a game-tying drive that ended with under a minute to play, the Giants took possession and unsuccessfully attempted to move the ball down the field. New Orleans used a couple of timeouts and forced a punt with 20-second remaining. Marcus Murphy returned the kick into Giants territory before fumbling, a ball recovered by the Saints' Willie Snead, who was then tackled with the assistance of a face-mask by New York punter Brad Wing (play pictured above). That penalty moved the Saints to the 32-yard line, setting up the game-winning kick. It marked a sudden end to a game that seemed to be headed into overtime.
Brees completed 40 of 50 pass attempts, connecting with nine different receivers. Benjamin Watson caught 9 for 147 yards and 1 TD, Marques Colston had 8 for 114 and a TD, while Brandon Cooks and Snead each had a pair of TD receptions. C.J. Spiller had just two catches, but his second was the game-tying touchdown with under a minute to play.
Odell Beckham Jr. had monster day: 8 catches, 130 yards and 3 touchdowns. Shane Vereen had 8 for 60 and a score while Dwayne Harris had two, fourth-quarter touchdown grabs.
The Giants (4-4) are at Tampa Bay next Sunday. The Saints (4-4) host the Titans.