The New York Giants (1-5) – led by quarterback Eli Manning, wide receiver Odell Beckham and Saquon Barkley – hit the Atlanta Falcons (2-4) in an NFC matchup in NFL Week 7 action on Monday, 22 October 20, 2008 (10/22/18) at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. The Panthers are led by quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receivers Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu.
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Here is the AP summary of the game:
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Matty Ice delivered another brilliant performance on Monday and threw for 379 career and completed his last 18 passes to lead the Atlanta Falcons to their second consecutive 23-20 victory over the battling New York Giants.
"Whatever it takes to win," Ryan said. "That's the mindset we have every week." Ryan threw Marvin Hall a 47-yard touchdown pass Tevin Coleman broke out on a 30-yard scoring run and the Falcons added another chapter to York's miserable season Send Giants (1-6) to their fourth straight loss.
"I do not feel like we're a 1-6 team," said Odell Beckham Jr. "That's our record, but that's not the feeling in the locker room."
Ryan was the League's MVP in 2016 when he led Atlanta to the Super Bowl. While these hawks (3-4) have not yet played at this level, their quarterbacks use numbers that match those he did two years ago: 71.1 percent completion rate, 2335 yards passing, 15 touchdowns, and just two interceptions ,
Ryan focuses only on the performance of the team.
"It's good for us to get closer to .500."
It was also a big night for Giorgio Tavecchio, who was signed during the week for the injured Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant. The native of Milan, Italy, made all three field goal attempts, including a 56-yarder, which was the longest of his career and helped seal the victory.
"That kick was good at about 65 yards," Ryan said. "He did a great job when we came in at short notice."
Faced with one of the NFL's worst defenses, New York lost its best scoring opportunity by scoring for a touchdown on the penultimate fourth goal of the third. To the surprise of no one who has seen the Giants stumble through the season, Eli Manning's pass for tight end Scott Simonson fell harmlessly on the grass.
Manning was fired four times, but managed to finish 27 of 38 for 399 yards. Beckham pulled in eight passes for 143 yards, pushing him over 5,000 yards in his career, and Sterling Shepard finished with 167 yards on five receptions.
Both teams came to sluggish starts offensively. The Hawks could not cross the midfield in their first three possessions, and the Giants were not much better.
Then Atlanta suddenly hit two big games to take the lead. Ryan went down the left sideline to the tight end of Austin Hooper for a 36-yard win, pushing the Falcons into New York territory for the first time. Then Ryan saw Hall release himself in the middle of the field and hit him perfectly in step to touchdown.
Coleman's touchdown with a remaining 7½ minutes allowed the hawks to breathe, but the Giants finally showed offensive life.
Manning completed five passes for 61 yards before Saquon Barkley was powered by the 2 with 4:47 for New York's first TD of the game. Crappy coach Pat Shurmur decided on second place to enable his team to win with another result, but Beckham failed to hold Manning's pass.
The Falcons rode into position for Tavecchio's last field goal and extended the lead to 23-12.
The Giants managed a 5-second touchdown when Manning Beckham joined on a 1-yard scoring game, but only after the quarterback was stuffed on two straight tries
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The rookie retraces were limited to 43 yards on 14 girders to match nine fines for 51 yards.
It was Barkley's second-lowest rushing exit of the season, dimmed only by a 28-yard effort against Dallas in Week 2
Barkley came from his best game of the season, a total of 2 299 yards (130 rushing, 99 receiving) in defeat to Philadelphia
TAVECCHIO STEPS UP
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Tavecchio kicked for last season the Oakland Raiders, but he was without a job until Bryant injured his right hamstring and made a long kick in Atlanta's victory over Tampa Bay.
This prompted the Falcons to recover Tavecchio, who had a brief look from the team at the end of preseason.
Although Bryant will retake his job as soon as he is well, Tavecchio has been prepared to attract the attention of other teams and is back on the open market.
The Falcons lost another guard when Brandon Fusco came late with a right ankle injury in the first half
Fusco had to be taken off the field by coaches, and he quickly got on a cart into the locker room brought.
Atlanta had already lost another launching guard, Andy Levitre, to a season end injury.
Ben Garland took Fusco's place on the line. 19659002] UP NEXT
Giants: New York returns home Next Sunday against NFC East-leading Washington (4-2).
Falcons: Atlanta also plays Washington in its next game – but not until November 4 after a Bye week.
Here is what you need to know:
Who: New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons
When: Monday, October 22, 2018
Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.  Start: 20:15 Eastern
Speaker: Joe Tessitore (Game for Man), Jason Witten (1965) Analyst), Booger McFarland (field analysis) and Lisa Salters (sideline)
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Line: Falcons -4
Consider this as a playoff for all thoughts to resume the NFC playoff image.
The Giants have lost three straight and 18 from their last 22 regular season games.
"Teams fight through adversity, and it's in the DNA of the Giants to pull this thing out," said coach Pat Shurmur. "I've seen it, I've studied the story of it, and I like the dressing room that we've put together."
"I'm impressed with the guys we have in the locker room, and I know you'll fight. I've seen the games the same way you do and practice the games: these guys are fighting and these guys are excited. We just did not execute, and I'll do that by then.
Both Manning and Ryan were under fire, but their organizations defend them.
Shurmur on Manning: " We believe in Eli.
Falcons coach Quinn on Ryan: "He plays at a high level. It may not seem like a 23-gain, a 27-gain, but the right decisions to go with the ball at the right time. This part of his game is really intact.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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