NFL Week 2 Game Recap: New York Giants 31, Arizona Cardinals 28

2RW8GXH New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The New York Giants traveled across the country to take on the Arizona Cardinals after an embarrassing 40-0 Week 1 drubbing at the hands of the division rival Dallas Cowboys, and through the first half, the Giants were down 60-0 on the season. New York slowly but surely battled its way back from down 20-0, though, to win a 31-28 stunner.

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was nearly perfect in the second half, spreading the ball around to a half dozen different pass catchers.

Offensive spotlight: After getting shut out in the first half, the Giants responded with a flawless second half, scoring points on every possession. Quarterback Daniel Jones was lights out, with a stat line of 17-of-21, 259 yards and two touchdowns. Jones also tacked on seven carries for 44 yards in the second half.

Cardinals running back James Conner had 23 carries for 106 rushing yards and a touchdown, helping sustain scoring drives throughout the first half. Conner forced five missed tackles on first review.

Defensive spotlight: Giants safety Jason Pinnock continues to be all over the place in the secondary. He made three tackles for loss or no gain, four defensive stops and a game-leading 13 total tackles.

Cardinals edge defender Dennis Gardeck had another strong outing after a solid Week 1 performance, adding another sack to his tally along with a tackle for loss and two defensive stops. Safety Jalen Thompson also had an interception of Daniel Jones.

Rookie spotlight: Giants third-round rookie wide receiver Jalin Hyatt made two huge downfield receptions, including a 58-yarder on the first play of the second half to give New York life. Later, Hyatt high-pointed the football perfectly on a 31-yard grab. The Giants spread the ball around to various weapons, but when they needed an explosive play, Hyatt came up big.

Cardinals rookie wide receiver Michael Wilson notched two receptions for 37 yards, and rookie cornerback Kei’Trel Clark forced an incompletion and made a defensive stop.


Box Score

Passing
New York Giants
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Long Sacks Rtg
Daniel Jones 34.74 26 / 37 321 8.7 2 1 58 3 103.5
Arizona Cardinals
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Long Sacks Rtg
Joshua Dobbs 25.22 21 / 31 228 7.4 1 0 23 0 99.9
Rushing
New York Giants
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Daniel Jones 34.74 9 59 6.6 1 15 0
Saquon Barkley 27.2 17 63 3.7 1 16 0
Matt Breida 0.5 1 5 5 0 5 0
Arizona Cardinals
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Joshua Dobbs 25.22 3 41 13.7 1 23 0
James Conner 19.6 23 106 4.6 1 22 0
Emari Demercado 2.5 1 -2 -2 0 -2 0
Keaontay Ingram 0.6 2 6 3 0 5 0
Receiving
New York Giants
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT YPR TD Long
Saquon Barkley 27.2 7 6 29 4.1 4.8 1 10
Isaiah Hodgins 14 5 4 40 8 10 1 12
Darren Waller 13.6 8 6 76 9.5 12.7 0 25
Jalin Hyatt 10.9 2 2 89 44.5 44.5 0 58
Darius Slayton 9.2 6 3 62 10.3 20.7 0 29
Parris Campbell 6.1 6 4 21 3.5 5.2 0 9
Sterling Shepard 1.4 1 1 4 4 4 0 4
Arizona Cardinals
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT YPR TD Long
James Conner 19.6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Marquise Brown 17.4 10 6 54 5.4 9 1 22
Zach Ertz 11.6 8 6 56 7 9.3 0 17
Michael Wilson 8.6 3 3 56 18.7 18.7 0 21
Trey McBride 5.2 3 2 32 10.7 16 0 23
Emari Demercado 2.5 2 2 7 3.5 3.5 0 4
Rondale Moore 2.4 1 1 14 14 14 0 14
Zach Pascal 1.9 1 1 9 9 9 0 9
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