Saquon Barkley knows he almost cost the Giants a win with his phantom fumble

The star running back had a rare fumble in a crucial part of the game

Green Bay Packers v New York Giants
Green Bay Packers v New York Giants / Michael Owens/GettyImages

A magical night almost turned into disaster during Monday night's matchup between the NY Giants and Packers. Saquon Barkley is a star, and is made for the big moments. Under the bright lights of Monday Night Football, Barkley had a great outing. 20 rushes for 86 yards and two touchdowns, including eclipsing 5,000 career rush yards, becoming just the fifth player in franchise history to reach that milestone.

However, Barkley almost cost the Giants the game. Late in the fourth quarter, the Giants were up 21-16 with just over five minutes to go and began to pound the rock with Barkley. A six-yard rush, followed by a 17-yard scamper put the Giants near midfield.

Then Barkley broke open a big one, rumbling 34 yards down the sideline to the Green Bay 18, but the play didn't stop there, as he fumbled the ball away. Barkley knows this simply can't happen. Tommy DeVito and the Giants offense were able to drive down the field, allowing Randy Bullock to kick a 37-yard field goal as time expired to win the game. Barkley knows he can't let that sort of thing happen again and vows to respond from it.

Saquon Barkley had a fumble to forget but his teammates were able to bail him out

Luckily for Barkley, the Giants indeed were able to pick him up and go on a memorable final drive to set up the game-winning Bullock field goal. Barkley couldn't even watch as the ball took flight, but you know he was quite relieved when it sailed through.

Other than the fumble, Barkley was fantastic with the ball in his hands, especially in the second half. However, goodness, he had people in panic mode that his fumble was going to cost the G-Men the victory, especialy after the Packers were able to grab a 22-21 advantage. Luckily, though, DeVito, Barkley and Co. made the needed plays late to capture win No. 5 on the year.