It had been a while since New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley entered the end zone.
Barkley ended his touchdown drought on Sunday at a critical juncture against the Atlanta Falcons. Barkley and the Giants were on the goal line when he jumped for a touchdown. The score put the Giants ahead and Daniel Jones’ 2-point conversion gave them seven points over the Falcons.
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The former Penn State star had not scored a touchdown since the 2019 season. It ended in a 34-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He hit a rushing touchdown with 92 rushing yards in the game.
Barkley had high expectations for the 2020 season. He didn’t score in New York’s 2020 opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers and then tore the ACL against the Chicago Bears.
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He managed to prepare for the opener of the 2021 season, but the offense had not gone through him as officials ensured he could play without worrying about his knee. He didn’t score in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos or the Washington football team, although he had a big breakout.
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Barkley is likely to see more touches as the season progresses and a score on Sunday is a good morale booster.