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Instant Analysis: Giants defeat Packers, 24-22, in Monday night thriller



The New York Giants aired the most dramatic episode yet of The Tommy DeVito Show, a 24-22 victory over the Green Bay Packers to breathe life back into their playoff hopes. Randy Bullock made a 37-yard field goal as time expired as the Giants improved to 5-8 and one game back of the final playoff spot in the NFC. The Packers, who had retaken the lead with 1:33 remaining, fell to 6-7.


The Giants hit the road in back-to-back weeks with trips to New Orleans and Philadelphia. The Saints improved to 6-7 on Sunday with a 28-6 victory over the Panthers. The Eagles, meanwhile, have dropped to 10-3 after consecutive losses to the 49ers and Cowboys by a combined score of 75-32. The Eagles travel to Seattle in Week 15 for a Monday night matchup with the Seahawks (6-7).


Before the team dispersed last week, coach Brian Daboll said the staff would have "plenty of meetings" about the quarterback situation for the final stretch of the season. The result of those discussions was undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito starting for the fourth consecutive week. Tyrod Taylor, who was activated off injured reserve, served as the backup.

Creativity defined the Giants' first scoring drive early in the second quarter. First, running back Saquon Barkley lined up in the wildcat formation and handed the ball to wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson, who broke a 32-yard run to set up a first-and-goal at the five-yard line. On the very next play, Barkley ran in his 31st career rushing touchdown.

The Giants failed to capitalize on two takeaways by their defense in the first half and came away with zero points. The special teams, however, forced a third turnover to start the second half, and the Giants turned that one into a short Barkley touchdown run to take their first lead of the night. DeVito set up the score with a 26-yard run on the prior play.

DeVito completed 17 of 21 passes for 158 yards, including a pinpoint eight-yard touchdown to wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins in the back corner of the end zone as he rolled to his right. Three plays earlier, DeVito completed a 25-yard pass to Robinson on a flea flicker.

DeVito was dangerous with his legs and ran 10 times for 71 yards, both the most of his young career.

Barkley broke 5,000 career rushing yards on a 33-yard carry that would have started to seal the game, but it was spoiled when he lost control of the ball as he fell to the ground. Packers cornerback Carrington Valentine recovered the fumble and returned it 50 yards the other way to the Giants 36, setting up a go-ahead Packers touchdown with 1:33 left in the game.

The Giants scored touchdowns on their first three trips to the red zone.

Right tackle Evan Neal was ruled out for the fourth consecutive game with an ankle injury.

Wide receiver Parris Campbell was a late addition to the injury report this week. He missed Friday's practice and was then ruled out for Sunday with a knee injury.

This week, Barkley was named the New York Giants nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, which is the league's most prestigious honor and acknowledges NFL players who excel on the field and demonstrate a passion for creating a lasting positive impact beyond the game in their communities. All 32 club nominees are wearing a Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year helmet decal through the end of the season. The winner will be announced during NFL Honors, a primetime awards special, on Thursday, February 8. Barkley, who was also the Giants' nominee last year, will look to join Eli Manning (2016) as the only Giants players to win the award.


Taking advantage of a much-needed bye, Pro Bowl defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence returned from a hamstring injury that had sidelined him since Week 11.

With the Packers approaching the red zone, outside linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux stripped the ball from Packers quarterback Jordan Love after a one-yard run. Safety Xavier McKinney recovered the fumble to keep it a tie game in the second quarter. The referees originally called Love down by contact, but a successful challenge by Daboll overturned the ruling.

The Giants turned the ball over on downs on the ensuing possession, but the defense got the ball right back on an interception by safety Jason Pinnock. Before their bye, the Giants had at least two takeaways in three consecutive games for the first time since 2016. They had nine takeaways in their previous two games, their highest two-game total since 2014.

In addition to the forced fumble, Thibodeaux batted a pass at the line of scrimmage on third down in the red zone, forcing Green Bay to settle for a field goal to make it a 10-7 game at halftime. He also had a half-sack.

Lawrence and outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari combined for a sack of Love on a key third down in the fourth quarter. It forced Green Bay to settle for a 45-yard field goal attempt, which Anders Carlson missed wide left as the Giants maintained a 21-13 lead with 10:42 remaining.

Rookie cornerback Deonte Banks broke up a pass intended for Samori Toure in the end zone on third-and-10 from the Giants 30 late in the fourth quarter. The Packers settled for a field goal to cut their deficit to 21-16 with 5:30 remaining in the game.

Following Barkley's fumble, Malik Heath caught a go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard pass from Love.

View photos from the Giants' Week 14 matchup against the Green Bay Packers.


Jamie Gillan entered this week leading all NFC punters in Pro Bowl voting and downed three of his four punts inside the 20. Another punt also led to a Keisean Nixon muff, which he recovered but then lost control after a hit by Darnay Holmes. Giants linebacker Benton Whitley recovered.

After the Giants converted the special teams takeaway into a touchdown and the defense made a stand, the Packers got some good fortune when a punt grazed Giants safety Bobby McCain. Green Bay's Rudy Ford recovered the ball at the Giants 14, and the Packers kicked a field goal on the ensuing possession to cut their deficit to 14-13 at the time.

Kicker Randy Bullock missed a 48-yard field goal attempt wide right in the first quarter but made the most important one, a 37-yard game-winner as time expired.


GB: WR Dontayvion Wicks (ankle), WR Jayden Reed (evaluated for concussion)

NYG: None


GB: LB Quay Walker (shoulder), WR Christian Watson (hamstring), CB Jaire Alexander (shoulder), CB Kyu Blu Kelly, RB Aaron Jones (knee), T Caleb Jones

NYG: WR Parris Campbell (knee), RB Jashaun Corbin, S Gervarrius Owens, OLB Boogie Basham, T Evan Neal (ankle)


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