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Saquon Barkley breaks a decades-long offensive drought for the Giants on Thanksgiving Day


When Saquon Barkley plunged in from one-yard out within the second quarter on Thanksgiving in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys, not solely did he give the New York Giants the lead, however he broke a decades-long offensive scoring drought for the Giants on the vacation.

The Giants have performed the sixth-most video games on Thanksgiving Day, with Thursday’s sport in opposition to Dallas their sixteenth on the vacation, but it surely has been a really, very very long time for the reason that Giants scored a landing on offense in a Thanksgiving sport.

In actual fact, the final time the Giants had scored a landing on offense on Thanksgiving? It got here again in 1938, in a sport in opposition to the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Giants scored within the fourth quarter of that sport on a 12-yard go from Ed Danowski to Dale Burnett. That landing broke a 7-7 tie.

Whereas the Giants had been common members in a Thanksgiving Day sport in the course of the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties, that sport on November 24, 1938 could be their final on the vacation till 1982. That yr, they might journey to tackle the Detroit Lions, getting a win on the highway. Lawrence Taylor’s 97-yard interception return within the fourth quarter proved the distinction, because the Giants gained by a closing rating of 13-6.

New York performed on Thanksgiving subsequent in the course of the 1992 season, however that sport noticed the Giants begin rookie eighth-round choose Kent Graham at quarterback in opposition to the Cowboys. New York solely managed a subject aim in a blowout 30-3 loss to Dallas.

The Giants subsequent performed in a Thanksgiving sport in the course of the 2009 season, within the prime-time sport in opposition to the Denver Broncos, coached that yr by Josh McDaniels. New York managed only a pair of subject objectives from Lawrence Tynes within the third quarter, falling by a closing rating of 26-6.

The Giants’ most up-to-date Thanksgiving sport got here in the course of the 2017 season, when New York performed at Washington within the prime-time sport. The Giants did no less than rating a landing in that sport, on an Decide-Six from Janoris Jenkins that tied the sport at ten within the third quarter. However Washington scored ten unanswered to win by a closing rating of 20-10.

So when you noticed this play occur dwell within the second quarter Thursday, you witnessed a little bit of soccer historical past:

Maybe this sport has much more historical past in retailer for us all on this vacation.

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