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Giants Now: 4 Giants land on PFF's Team of the Week


Four Giants land on PFF's Team of the Week

The Giants put together perhaps their most impressive performance of the season in the season finale matchup against the Eagles.

The offense topped the 400-yard mark for just the second time all season, while the defense held Philadelphia to under 300 total yards of offense while forcing four turnovers. This helped the Giants jump out to an impressive 24-0 halftime lead, a deficit that proved to be too large for the Eagles to overcome.

The dominance shown by the team led to four Giants players being named to Pro Football Focus' Team of the Week - safety Xavier McKinney, defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence, inside linebacker Micah McFadden and cornerback Nick McCloud.

McKinney intercepted two passes, one from Jalen Hurts and one from Marcus Mariota, in a span of 28 seconds, giving him a team-high three interceptions on the season. He finished the game with six tackles (two solo), three pass breakups and the two interceptions, which led to him being named PFF's Defensive Player of the Week.

"McKinney capped off a career year, ending his fourth season with the Giants with arguably his best performance in an NFL jersey," wrote PFF's Gordon McGuinness. "He allowed just one reception for four yards on plays where he was the primary coverage defender, recorded a pass breakup and notched a pair of interceptions. The first of those was one of the best picks all season, with McKinney tapping his toes in after showing impressive range to find the football at the sideline."

The 25-year-old safety played all 65 defensive snaps on Sunday and was on the field for every one of the Giants' 1,228 defensive plays this season. McKinney and inside linebacker Bobby Okereke were the only two players in the NFL to be on the field for every defensive snap.

Lawrence made the PFF Team of the Week despite only playing half of the Giants' defensive snaps on Sunday. 

The fifth-year defensive lineman recorded just one tackle and quarterback hit, but PFF had him down for four total pressures, as well.

The five pressures gave Lawrence 65 total on the season, which beat his previous career-best of 63 pressures set last season.

Lawrence was PFF's highest-ranked interior defensive lineman on the season, the second-highest ranked defensive player and the third-highest ranked player overall, behind only Cleveland's Myles Garrett and Miami's Tyreek Hill.

McFadden led the defense with nine total tackles (seven solo) against the Eagles while adding two passes defensed and a fumble recovery.

The inside linebacker dropped into coverage on 17 snaps and did not allow a reception, earning a passer rating against of 39.6. 

Finally, McCloud saw extended action with rookie cornerback Deonte Banks missing his second consecutive game and recorded three solo tackles along with a forced fumble.

McCloud allowed three receptions for 29 yards on five targets, finishing with a passer rating against of 76.3.

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