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Instant Analysis: Giants fall to Lions, 31-18



The New York Giants fell to the Detroit Lions, 31-18, a loss compounded by a rash of injuries for Big Blue. The Giants dropped to 7-3 on the season while the Lions improved to 4-6 with their third win in a row.


The Giants travel to Dallas for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff on Thanksgiving Day, marking the first of four consecutive NFC East matchups. After the Cowboys, they return home to host the Commanders and Eagles and then face Washington again on the road.


*Daniel Jones completed his first five passes for 65 yards and ran in his fourth touchdown of the season from three yards out on the second drive of the game. But later his streak of 154 consecutive attempts without an interception ended at the hands of Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, the second overall pick in this year's draft. Detroit scored a touchdown on the ensuing possession for a 10-6 lead, one they never relinquished.

Jones threw a second interception (to safety Kerby Joseph) after having only two in his first nine games this season. Hutchinson also recovered a fumble by wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins midway through the fourth quarter for the Giants' third turnover of the game.

*Saquon Barkley, who led the NFL in rushing through 10 weeks, was held to 22 yards on 15 carries, with a long of just four yards.

*Rookie wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson hauled in nine passes for 100 yards exactly, both the highest totals of his young career. The day was spoiled when he suffered a knee injury on his final catch and did not return.

*Rookie right tackle Evan Neal missed his third consecutive game due to a knee injury that he suffered in Week 7. Starting again in his place, Tyre Phillips went down in the first half with neck injury and was replaced by Matt Peart, who made his 2022 debut just a week ago.

*Shane Lemieux, who spent the season's first eight games on injured reserve with a toe injury, started at left guard, where Joshua Ezeudu had done so the previous two games.

*Center Jon Feliciano suffered a neck injury in the second half and was replaced by Nick Gates, who played in his third consecutive game after coming back from a gruesome leg injury suffered in 2021.

*Wide receiver Kenny Golladay, who hadn't had a catch since Week 1, recorded two for 29 yards.

*Rookie tight end Rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger missed another game and has not practiced since he was inadvertently punched in the left eye in Jacksonville on Oct. 23.


*Cornerback Adoree' Jackson suffered a knee injury while returning a punt in the first half and did not return. Rookie Cor'Dale Flott replaced the starting corner on defense. Defensive back DB Fabian Moreau also left with a rib injury.

*Coach Brian Daboll used the word "explosive" four times in his Wednesday media availability in reference to the Lions, who were one of three teams that had three games with 35+ points in 2022 (Chiefs and Dolphins are the others) entering Sunday. They saw that up close at MetLife Stadium, where five different Lions had catches of 10+ yards and three had runs of 10+ yards.

*Jamaal Williams had three rushing touchdowns against the Giants, who had allowed just five on the ground in their first nine games. D'Andre Swift ran in a fourth as the Giants allowed a season-high 31 points.

*After recording seven sacks in their previous two games, the Giants generated none on Sunday with just three quarterback hits.


*A combination of defensive lineman John Cominsky's outstretched hand and a gusting wind led to Graham Gano missing an early extra point wide right. After the Giants' second touchdown early in the fourth quarter, Gano hit the right upright for another unsuccessful extra point attempt.

*Jackson had assumed a share of punt duties for the second consecutive game.


NYG: CB Adoree' Jackson (knee), OT Tyre Phillips (neck), DB Fabian Moreau (ribs), C Jon Feliciano (neck), WR Wan'Dale Robinson (knee), S Jason Pinnock (jaw)

DET: CB Jeff Okudah (concussion protocol), G Evan Brown (ankle)


NYG: WR David Sills, ILB Austin Calitro, OT Evan Neal (knee), G Jack Anderson, TE Daniel Bellinger (eye), OLB Quincy Roche

DET: DL Charles Harris (groin), CB Chase Lucas (ankle), OL Matt Nelson (calf), DL Josh Paschal (knee), WR Josh Reynolds (back)

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