Unheralded Heroes: New York Giants 22 Chicago Bears 16 Final

The Giants Beat covers the players whose contributions were overlooked during Sunday's win.

The New York Giants defeated the Chicago Bears on Sunday, continuing their playoff campaign and improving to 7-3. The victory was heavily attributed to an unstoppable defensive effort. 

Big Blue's usual stars dominated the headlines, while others quietly shined at MetLife Stadium. 
The first half seemed discouraging as the Giants struggled to find their rhythm. The Bears picked up a 16-9 lead at halftime with TE Zach Miller completely dominating. 
The Giants turned it around in the second half with a huge boost from Dwayne Harris. The start of the third quarter looked promising as the Giants' WR returned the kick for 46 yards, breaking tackles and ultimately setting up the team's second TD. 
The Giants seemed to draw inspiration from their special teams in the late comeback that led to their fifth straight win. The weather in NJ was anything but ideal, with gusting winds. But on this particularly overcast day, Brad Wing thrived. He averaged 44.5 yards on six punts and helped seal the deal at the end of the matchup with a 55 yard punt. 
And of course, there has to be credit given to Marshall Newhouse, who stepped up in the midst of injury-driven chaos. With Justin Pugh sidelined, Newhouse made his first start at left guard and despite leaving the game early due to an injury, he stepped up at a crucial time. Weston Richburg also had a big play that helped clear their offensive woes. He had a great block that set up Rashad Jennings' TD. The Giants' offensive line is dealing with a lot right now, but it seemed to further motivate them as they welcomed the challenge. 
It would be a shame not to mention rookie Paul Perkins' explosive presence. Rashad Jennings had a big game, proving to be the Giants' go-to RB, but Perkins showed great potential. In a dismal start, Perkins showed some hope with a memorable move that set up the Giants' first down. He had a great cut in the first quarter, gliding past Bears' CB Tracy Porter in a seemingly effortless fashion. 
As the Giants continue to dominate, different guys are stepping up every week, making big plays and closing out tough games. The Giants have a roster with unlimited talent, creating room for sudden changes in the lineup and unpredictable plays. Although McAdoo has been conservative in an effort to seal the win, it will be exciting to see what kind of plans he has for this diverse group. 

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