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What We Learned: Giants vs Lions

The Giants Beat take a look at the major takeaways from Big Blue shutting down Detroit.

The New York Giants became one game closer to a playoff berth yesterday as they defeated the Detroit Lions at home, 17-6. It wasn’t as exciting a game as last week, but Big Blue found a way to get the job done and keep their momentum heading into a two-game road trip.

            Here is what we learned in Week 15:

Hard to Score on G-Men Defense

            In the last two weeks, the Giants have allowed a whopping point total of 13 points. Against the Lions they may have let up 324 total yards, but yards only matter when the ball passes the pylon. QB Matthew Stafford and his offense found no luck reaching the end zone as they went 0-3 in that category throwing an interception and allowing a Zach Zenner fumble for a touchback.

            The Giants defense has been stingy allowing points in general this season, sitting third in the league with 17.9 points allowed per game. They may let up the big play like the 67-yard bomb to WR Golden Tate Sunday, but somehow the Giants come up big and make plays including CB Leon Hall’s hit on Zenner that forced the ball into the Giants hands just a few plays later. This trend is one the team hopes to continue heading into the postseason.

QB Eli Manning Playing Smart

            Last week, Eli Manning scared Giants fans by throwing a late fourth quarter pick that allowed the Cowboys another shot at taking the win away. We have not seen him protect the ball in the two games before yesterday’s as he threw three interceptions. However, Manning cleaned his act up yesterday, not allowing a pick and making sure he took his time with the ball in the pocket.

            He finished the contest with a stat line of 20/28, 201 yards and two touchdowns. All of that translated to a 115.3 QB rating which is phenomenal considering he averaged 74.2 in the past two contests. It helped that Manning wasn’t pressured too much allowing him to make smart throws which he did all game long to his various weapons.

So You’re Saying There’s a Chance

            After their win, the Giants were sure to watch the Dallas Cowboys game Sunday night as they hoped their chances to win the NFC East could grow. However, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell short in Dallas as the Cowboys moved to 12-2. With only two games left, it appears all hope is lost for the division, but there is exactly a two percent chance the Giants can still take the crown.

            The Cowboys would have to lose their last two games against the Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles while the Giants must win out on the road for there to be a shot. The Giants, though, are sure to focus on themselves with one more win making them a lock for one of the wild card spots in the NFC. The Giants haven’t made the postseason in four years, so they will make sure they are set up for the playoffs before wishing ill-will to another team. 

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