Giants’ Daniel Bellinger catches touchdown for first-career score

Daniel Bellinger made his NFL debut final week in Nashville however didn’t have a reception when the Giants beat the Titans. The Giants scored just one touchdown on Sunday of their 19-17 victory over the Panthers at MetLife Stadium and Bellinger received it with a lunge into the top zone.

The Giants have been down 13-6 within the third quarter when tight finish Tanner Hudson hauled in a 15-yard go from Daniel Jones to get to the Carolina 16-yard line. Jones discovered Bellinger on a fast and brief go to the left facet, Bellinger turned, noticed daylight and angled to the left pylon for a touchdown.

“I turned and didn’t see anybody, and I was like, ‘OK, I have to get into the end zone now,’ ” Bellinger mentioned.

The rookie tight finish, a fourth-round decide from San Diego State, gave the ball again to the official. It was retrieved for him and it was in his possession within the locker room after the sport.

“I’ll tell you what, I’m keeping it close to me tonight,” Bellinger mentioned. “I’m holding onto it tonight.”

Daniel Bellinger dives for a touchdown.

Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale used Xavier McKinney in a hybrid linebacker function, positioned a lot nearer to the road of scrimmage than he ever was the previous two seasons. The presence of rookie security Dane Belton, who missed final week’s sport coming off a damaged collarbone, allowed Martindale to push the envelope with McKinney.

“I wouldn’t say that it was different, but it was the first time that I had to do that at this level,” McKinney mentioned. “Obviously the first two years, I didn’t get to play in the box. In this game, I got to play in the box. I got the responsibility of Wink putting me on [Christian] McCaffrey. That was my job this game, was to guard him. I thought I did a pretty good job of doing that, taking him out of the game. It was different, playing in that box. It’s a different game. There are some different monsters down there, but I thought I did well, I thought I was able to get the job done.”

The Panthers have now lost 9 consecutive video games — they’re 0-2 this season and lost their final seven video games in 2021.

LB Oshane Ximines had a second-quarter sack of Baker Mayfield. It was the primary sack for Ximines since his rookie season in 2019. Ximines is beginning as a result of Azeez Ojulari and rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux missed the primary two video games with accidents.

“They’re harm proper now they usually’re doing the whole lot they’ll to get again,’’ Ximines mentioned. “While they’re out, I’m going to do the whole lot I can to assist the workforce win.’’

The Giants have been 12-28 at dwelling the previous 5 seasons earlier than this home-opening win. … With rookie WR Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) inactive, Darius Slayton received a jersey for this sport.


Giants kicker Graham Gano was 4-for-4 on subject targets from 36, 33, 51 and 56 yards. The longest of the 4 broke a tie with 3:34 remaining and beat his former workforce. 


Panthers QB Baker Mayfield didn’t benefit from a weakened Giants secondary, trying very common in finishing 14 of 29 passes for 145 yards with one touchdown and a recovered fumble. 

Unsung hero

Julian Love led the Giants with seven tackles (two for loss), together with the third-down sack to power a punt on the Panthers’ last possession. 

Key stat

0: Turnovers by the Giants, who turned the Panthers’ two lost fumbles into six factors. 


“Coming off the field, getting booed, Coach told us that we have to stay focused at times like that and stick together as a team.” 

– Giants tight finish Daniel Bellinger on the Giants being booed off the sphere at halftime.

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