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Instant Analysis: Giants fall to Saints, 24-6

FINAL-SCORE

AT A GLANCE

The New York Giants' three-game winning streak ended with a 24-6 road loss to the New Orleans Saints in a pivotal game in the NFC standings. The Giants, who entered Sunday one spot back of a playoff spot, dropped to 5-9 on the season, while the Saints improved to 7-7.

UP NEXT

The Giants will bus down to Philadelphia, where they have not won since 2013, for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff on Christmas Day (Monday). The Eagles (10-3), who have lost consecutive outings for the first time this season, will have one fewer day after flying back from Monday night's game in Seattle against the Seahawks (6-7).

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE OFFENSE

Tight end Darren Waller, who had not played since Week 8 because of a hamstring injury, made his return after being activated from injured reserve. He caught two passes for 30 yards, 29 of which came on a catch-and-run to convert a third-and-long in the second quarter.

Right tackle Evan Neal (ankle) missed his fifth consecutive game. He returned to practice this week on a limited basis but was listed as doubtful on the final injury report.

Left guard Justin Pugh (calf) was added to the injury report on Friday. He was listed as questionable but suited up on Sunday for an offensive line that has now started the same five players – Andrew Thomas, Justin Pugh, John Michael Schmitz Jr., Ben Bredeson, Tyre Phillips – for five consecutive games.

Quarterback Tommy DeVito, the reigning NFC Offensive Player of the Week, started the fifth consecutive game for the Giants. He left momentarily with 52 seconds in the first half, when his head hit the turf after a hit by Isaac Yiadom. Tyrod Taylor entered the game, and the Giants finished off the drive with a 40-yard field goal by punter Jamie Gillan (more on that later) to cut the deficit to 7-6 heading into the locker room. DeVito, however, returned to start the second half.

A week after allowing no sacks and just two quarterback hits, DeVito was taken down four times in the first half alone by the Saints (seven total). DeVito, who was the first Giants quarterback with three consecutive games with 20+ attempts and 100+ passer rating since Eli Manning in 2014 (first Giants rookie to do it), completed 20 of 34 passes for 177 yards and a 72.8 passer rating. Entering Week 15, the Saints had allowed the lowest opponent passer rating in the NFL this season (74.7).

The Giants had 46 rushing yards in the first half, but 30 came from DeVito on four runs. Saquon Barkley was held to eight yards on six carries heading into the locker room and 14 yards on nine carries for the game.

The Giants completed just one of nine third downs in the first half (two of 15 overall).

View photos from the Giants' Week 15 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DEFENSE

Defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence (hamstring) was listed as questionable but was good to go on Sunday. He was on a pitch count last week after returning from a one-game absence due to injury.

Safety Jason Pinnock, who has his second interception of the season on Monday night, notched his second sack on Sunday in New Orleans.

Despite playing out with No. 1 receiver Chris Olave (ankle), Saints quarterback Derek Carr completed 23 of 28 passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns for a 134.8 passer rating.

The Saints converted six of 11 third downs, controlled the clock for 33:27, and scored 17 unanswered points in the second half.

The Giants had feasted on takeaways with 12 during their three-game winning streak. They had none on Sunday.

The Giants waived safety Bobby McCain on Saturday.

WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT SPECIAL TEAMS

Randy Bullock, who made the game-winning, 37-yard field goal on Monday night, opened the scoring on Sunday with a 56-yard field goal. It was one yard off the franchise record. Graham Gano (twice) and Aldrick Rosas share the record at 57 yards. However, Bullock then left with a hamstring injury on the ensuing kickoff.

Punter Jamie Gillan took over field goal duties and made a 40-yard attempt as time expired in the first half. Special teamer Gunner Olszewski handled the holds for the left-footed Gillan.

IN-GAME INJURY REPORT

NYG: K Randy Bullock (hamstring)

INACTIVES

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

NO: QB Jake Haener, CB Cameron Dantzler, WR Chris Olave (ankle), RB Kendre Miller (ankle), DE Isaiah Foskey (quadricep), LB Monty Rice, T Ryan Ramczyk (knee)

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