The NFC is vast open by way of playoff berths and the Detroit Lions have now entered the combo for a wild card after dominating the New York Giants, 31-18, for his or her third straight win.
It was a chilly and windy day in East Rutherford, N.J., so the Lions beat the Giants at their very own sport: operating the soccer. Jamaal Williams was the person barreling down New York, particularly on the purpose line with three touchdowns, a career-high, in his 17 carries for 64 yards.
Justin Jackson was the chief in dashing, although, with 66 yards on 9 carries whereas D’Andre Swift capped the win with a landing run.
As for the Giants, Saquon Barkley was the precise reverse of productive. He rushed for greater than 100 yards on 30-plus carries final week towards the Houston Texans, however Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn knew precisely easy methods to cease him in his tracks Sunday.
Barkley had nowhere to go, ending the sport with simply 22 yards on 15 carries. The Giants tried to modify issues up, getting quarterback Daniel Jones concerned within the run as he had seven carries for 50 yards and the sport’s first landing within the first quarter.
However finally, the Lions needed Jones to beat them by throwing the ball, and that’s what the Giants have been compelled to do. Jones couldn’t get the job accomplished.
He had the second-longest streak within the NFL of go makes an attempt with out an interception thrown heading into this sport, however he threw two picks to interrupt it, and one among them was a complete sport changer.
The Giants owned a 6-3 lead after the primary quarter (Graham Gano missed the primary of his two botched extra-point makes an attempt on the day following Jones’ dashing rating), however the tables have been turned when Aidan Hutchinson, the Lions’ second total decide who has been a stud all season regardless of their group file, snuck again into protection and picked off Jones to arrange a red-zone alternative for Detroit.
Jared Goff and the Lions cashed in as Williams tallied his first landing of the sport to make it 10-6. Williams would go on to attain once more on the very subsequent Lions drive after the Giants have been compelled to punt and boos have been heard from the group as Large Blue hit the locker room down 17-6.
However much more deflating for the Giants was a straightforward nine-play drive for the Lions to begin the second half that noticed Williams counting his touchdowns in the long run zone with Goff, throwing up three fingers and making a deficit that will be laborious for the Giants to come back again from.
Six of the Giants’ seven wins got here through fourth-quarter comebacks, and Jones was making issues attention-grabbing when he drove down the sphere and noticed Matt Breida rush dwelling the group’s second landing of the sport to make it 24-12 after Gano missed his second level after try.
Detroit punted on the subsequent drive, however the killer in a possible comeback is all the time the poorly time turnover and that got here from vast receiver Isaiah Hodgins, who fumbled and Hutchinson recovered it.
The Lions would as soon as once more capitalize on it as Swift bought his landing. And regardless of the Giants scoring on a Richie James nine-yard strike from Jones on the subsequent drive, there wasn’t sufficient time left to keep away from the upset.
To make issues worse for Large Blue, beginning cornerback Adoree’ Jackson was dominated out within the first half after struggling a knee damage on a punt return – a sizzling subject this week because the Giants are skinny at cornerback. And Wan’Dale Robinson, who had a breakout sport with 100 receiving yards on 9 catches, clutched at his knee after his ultimate catch within the second half and was dominated out, too.
Jones would end with a season-high 341 yards via the air on 27 for 44 with one landing and two interceptions. Kenny Golladay had as many catches on this sport as he’s had all season, getting two for 29 yards.
Goff wouldn’t must throw an excessive amount of because of the strong run sport, going 17 of 26 for 165 yards, with Amon-Ra St. Brown, as all the time, his favourite particular person to throw to with seven catches and 76 yards.
Each of those groups have Thanksgiving video games forward of them towards formidable opponents. The Lions will get the early sport towards the Buffalo Payments on Thursday and the Giants will head to Dallas for a vital NFC East matchup with the Cowboys.