Tennessee Titans Bungle Late Field Goal, Hand New York Giants Shocking Win

On a Sunday full of wild finishes, the New York Giants added yet another to the Week 1 history books in their matchup against the Tennessee Titans. Down one following a touchdown with 1:09 left in the fourth, the Giants elected to go for two and took the lead. The Titans rewarded their audacity by narrowly missing a 47-yard field goal on their final drive, and the Giants walked away with a 21-20 victory in head coach Brian Daboll's debut.

Daboll joined the Giants this offseason with a reputation as a quarterback whisperer, having developed Josh Allen in Buffalo. The team hoped Daboll could work his magic on fourth-year quarterback Daniel Jones. The 25-year-old quarterback was totally fine, completing 17 passes for 188 yards to go along with the 5 sacks he took, but he wasn't the story this week. Instead, it was running back Saquon Barkley who reasserted himself onto the scene, rushing for 164 yards on a mere 18 carries and adding another 30 yards through the air. The former second overall pick had struggled over the past two years, rushing for a middling  627 yards at a 3.5 yards per carry clip over that span, so his enormous day is a welcome sight and portends a potential return to the dynamic two-way play that made him the Offensive Rookie of the Year.
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Less impressive at the running back position was Tenessee's Derrick Henry. In his first regular-season game since Week 8 of 2021, Henry was merely adequate, carrying the ball 21 times for 82 yards. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill proved surprisingly competent without the help of departed wide receiver A.J. Brown, even putting his team in position for a makeable field goal as regulation expired, but kicker Randy Bullock missed wide, and the Titans lost what was supposed to be a winnable game before their schedule tightened. They play the Buffalo Bills, Las Vegas Raiders, and Indianapolis Colts over the next three weeks.

The New York Giants head home with dreams of a 2-0 start dancing in their head. They'll host the Carolina Panthers in Week 2.
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