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NFL Week 12 PFF ReFocused: New York Giants 19, Cincinnati Bengals 17

New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) carries a deep pass down the sideline in the first quarter of the NFL Week 12 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Giants at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. The game was tied at 10 going into halftime. New York Giants At Cincinnati Bengals

The New York Giants were able to squeeze out a 19-17 win against the Brandon Allen-led Cincinnati Bengals to move to 4-7 and into first place in the NFC East.

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Story of the Game

Despite winning the game, New York lost quarterback Daniel Jones to what appeared to be a hamstring injury. Jones tried to come back into the game but limped off the field after just one pass.

Neither offense was able to push the ball downfield very much. Cincinnati had zero plays that gained over 20 yards (for the first time this season), while Evan Engram had the only two for New York. Engram’s 129 receiving yards was a career-high for the tight end, who has seen his fair share of struggles in 2020.

Wayne Gallman was also one of the few offensive bright spots in this game, rushing for his sixth touchdown in five games.

The Bengals' offense was abysmal without No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow. Cincinnati put up just 155 yards of total offense, the team’s lowest output of the season.

Rookie Watch

Tee Higgins was the only player on the Bengals who showed any sort of life. He led Cincinnati in receiving yards and caught a touchdown that brought the team within two. For the Giants, neither Andrew Thomas nor Shane Lemieux allowed a pressure on Jones or Colt McCoy.

On the other side of the ball, the combination of Darnay Holmes, Carter Coughlin and Cam Brown recorded four pressures on the day. Niko Lalos was also able to pick off Brandon Allen, and Tae Crowder recorded three tackles — the most among all rookies.

For the Bengals, Logan Wilson pressured the quarterback twice and paced the way for all rookie defenders, with 35 snaps.

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