The New York Giants fought back from a 13-0 halftime deficit, upsetting the Tennessee Titans in Nashville on Sunday. The Giants won, 21-20, as Tennessee field goal kicker Randy Bullock missed from 47 yards as time expired.
The Giants, 4-13 last season, won their first season opener since 2016. They had lost 10 of 11 season openers prior to Sunday. The Titans, top seed in last season’s AFC playoffs, were 5 point favorites.
A Daniel Jones to Chris Myarick 1-yard touchdown pass with 1:06 to play pulled the Giants within a point. Coach Brian Daboll went for two points, and a Jones to Saquon Barkley shovel pass was successful, giving the Giants a 21-20 lead.
“Go for the win. We’re going to be aggressive,” Daboll said of the decision to go for two points. “If it didn’t work, I could live with it. I thought that was the right decision. It’s a players’ game. Trust your players and let them go.”
Daboll said he knew as soon as the Giants got the ball on the final drive that he would go for two points if they scored. Jones was not surprised by the decision.
“He’s been very clear throughout training camp and throughout the week kind of preparing for this game that he’s going to be aggressive in those situations and give us a chance to execute,” Jones said. “So I wasn’t surprised.”
Tennessee drove into position to attempt the game-winning kick, but Bullock pulled it wide left.