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Giants no strangers to being on fallacious end of game-winning kicks

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Does it feel just like the Giants are sometimes getting beat by last-second and really long field goals? Greg Joseph’s 61-yarder in Minneapolis to present the Vikings a 27-24 victory was the fifth field goal in NFL history of 61 or more yards to win a game as time expired. The Giants have been on the fallacious end of two of them. 

In 2017, Jake Elliott of the Eagles nailed a 61-yarder to beat the Giants 27-24. Sound familiar? When the Giants own kicker, Graham Gano, was with the Panthers in 2018 he drilled a 63-yard field goal to place the Panthers ahead 33-31. That kick, though, was not as time expired — there was one second remaining on the clock. 

Joseph’s clutch kick continued a trend working against the Giants. It was the eighth time previously 10 seasons the Giants lost a game on a field goal as time expired. The last time it happened: Sept. 26, 2021, when the Falcons’ Younghoe Koo hit a 40-yard field goal to beat the Giants 17-14. 

The Vikings’ Greg Josephs drills a game-winning 61-yard field goal to beat the Giants. Getty Images

The Eagles' Jake Elliot (4) celebrates after his 61-yard kick beat the Giants in 2017. The Eagles’ Jake Elliot (4) celebrates after his 61-yard kick beat the Giants in 2017. Getty Images

It isn’t as whether it is all bad news for the Giants with regards to field goals. Gano’s 55-yarder against the Vikings made him 7 of 8 on kicks of fifty more yards this season — his only miss was from 58 yards in the weather and in extra time at FedEx Field to shut out a 20-20 tie with the Commanders. Gano in his three seasons with the Giants has 20 field goals of fifty or more yards, 11 greater than some other kicker in everything of his Giants profession. 

The Giants have two possibilities to clinch a playoff spot, as they get in in the event that they win one in every of their last two games. They would really like to get it over with and rejoice at MetLife Stadium on Sunday against the Colts. If that doesn’t occur, the Giants get in in the event that they beat the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field within the regular-season finale. If the Eagles beat the visiting Saints on Sunday, they may have the No. 1 seed within the NFC playoffs and little to play for within the finale against the Giants. 

There are also scenarios by which the Giants could make the playoffs with two losses and a few help. 

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Vikings CB Patrick Peterson is 32 years old, in his twelfth NFL season and is an eight-time Pro Bowler. He was getting beaten repeatedly by WR Isaiah Hodgins, 24, who got here to the Giants earlier this season with 4 profession receptions with the Bills. Hodgins had a career-high eight catches for 89 yards, many of the damage with Peterson in coverage. Within the fourth quarter, though, Daniel Jones looked Hodgins’ way and the marginally underthrown pass was intercepted by Peterson. 

“Actually, I used to be on the sideline and was like I’m going to get a pick pretty soon,’’ Peterson said. “Daniel’s tried me enough to where now he’s feeling somewhat comfortable and I’m going to exit here and get a pick for us, ended up getting an interception. It’s just the assumption I even have in myself, the assumption I even have in my teammates. I’ve seen us grind so hard and a lot throughout training camp, throughout OTAs, throughout minicamp, and now it’s just all coming to fruition.’’

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